Goodbye, rice mill

Goodbye, rice mill
Art by graffiti collective RSCLS on the exterior of The Mill in Jalan Kilang.

A building in Bukit Merah industrial estate is set to become an unlikely party venue.

For three weekends from tomorrow, The Mill, a three- storey former rice mill that now houses a cluster of creative firms, will be transformed into a playground for more than 60 artists and collectives from various genres before the building is demolished in May.

Visitors can view art installations, listen to live music and take part in workshops, among other activities. They can also treat the walls as a blank canvas and doodle as they wish.

The farewell bash, which runs till Feb 14, takes place on the first floor and outdoor areas of The Mill in Jalan Kilang, which means "factory street" in Malay.

The event is free, save for some ticketed workshops. Food and drinks will be sold by partners such as eatery Arbite and juice bar A Juicery.

Programmes for the event's opening tomorrow will feature Colour Rave, a charity event where visitors get to play with coloured powders; a bazaar, Singapore Really Really Free Market, featuring free goods and services such as clothes and hongbao personalisation; music performances by singer-songwriters curated by music collective The Diarists; and a dance party that will see the annex of The Mill turned into a dance club complete with smoke machines and strobe lighting.

Aptly titled Destruction & Rebirth, the shindig is a send-off to the 54-year- old building before it makes way for a larger collaborative working space, described by The Mill's group marketing manager Low Shu Min as "a cross- disciplinary production hub for artists, creatives and artisans to meet and collaborate with one another".

It will retain its name and remain under the helm of The Mill group founder and interior designer Roy Teo, who owns four of the interior design firms in the building.

The Mill currently houses six creative companies, such as interior design firm The I.D. Department and Kri:eit Associates. Two tenants have already moved out and the others will soon follow suit.

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