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5 Cool Events This Week: Singapore Art Week 2020, Light To Night Festival And More

Get ready for a week of art as Singapore Art Week kicks off – but it’s not all high brow, elitist stuff either. Learn new skills such illustration and crocheting with a new collective, or check out the beautiful artworks around the civic area with the Light to Night Festival. 
Besides Ourselves by .gif
Critically acclaimed electronic duo .gif is back with a special new project – a experimental play-meets-live gig called Besides Ourselves as part of the ongoing M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. Weish, one half of the duo, informed us that it’s her debut as a playwright but equally exciting is the fact that .gif will be premiering material from their long-awaited second album (called Hail Nothing) during the play – Do. Not. Miss. Out. Get your tickets here.   Jan 10 – 11, 8pm Esplanade Recital Studio Light to Night Festival 2020: Invisible Cities
Always a hit with the crowds, the Light to Night festival will be making over five of the Civic District’s most iconic institutions – National Gallery Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, The Arts House, Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall and the Esplanade. The organisers have enlisted a wide spectrum of artists and creatives to respond to the theme of Invisible Cities, which takes it name from Italian writer Italo Calvino’s seminal book of the same name. It’s best to check out each museum/institution’s website on what they’re offering for the festival; there are simply too many to list here. Pictured above: Floating City, an ethereal installation at the National Gallery Singapore by Singapore-based lighting company Nipek and interior design studio Knots. Details here.   Jan 10 – 19, various timings Civic district Singapore Art Week 2020
If you’re at all interested in the arts, you can’t miss out on its pinnacle event, Singapore Art Week. Check out our picks of Art Week here: one thing we’re particularly looking forward to is the public opening of Twenty Twenty (pictured above) – a former ship repair warehouse over at Jalan Besar transformed into a pop-up art destination. Check out the extensive line-up here.    Jan 11 – 19 Various locations Art Is Not Only For The Atas
Ever been intimidated by the arts? We’ve all been there before, one way or another and this conversation between multidisciplinary artist Verkur, comedian Sharul Channa and beloved drag queen Becca D’Bus, aims to break down elitist stereotypes that have long encircled the art world. I don’t know about you, but that sure sounds like something worth going for. Details here.   Jan 11, 4pm – 4.45pm National Gallery Singapore Familiar Hands - An exhibition by SCU: School of Common Understanding
What happens when a teacher gets questioned by his or her students? Answer: the teacher learns new insights as well. Built on that line of thought, SCU: School of Common Understanding is a brand new skill-sharing collective comprising of 12 creatives across very different genres – including 3D-printing, crocheting, printmaking, coding and even coffee-making. so on. Come see the ingenious and unpredictable results that occur when mad geniuses from different disciplines collaborate and learn from one another. Details here. Jan 11 – Feb 29 Grassroots Book Room, 25 Bukit Pasoh Road