Indie arts fest for everyone

Indie arts fest for everyone

Indie arts festival Lit Up is back with another spread of multi-disciplinary events, from improvisational theatre to puppetry workshops to a flea market.

Kicking off next Friday, the three-day event will offer more than 10 performances as well as seven talks and workshops.

The annual festival returns for the sixth year with the theme Walk The Equator. It will be held at the Aliwal Arts Centre in Aliwal Street, in the Kampong Glam district.

Festival artistic director Marc Nair, 32, says: "The idea of the equator is something that cuts across countries, timelines and cultures, and we encourage the performers to draw from different sources of inspiration."

The theme is the common thread between the many different disciplines of art at the event.

He adds: "Our aim is to reach new audiences by introducing people to different genres."

The event hopes to draw 2,500 people this year, about the same number as last year.

Exuding a casual vibe, Lit Up offers something for everyone, with performances, hands-on workshops and talks scheduled throughout the day.

As in the past, collaborations between artists and across genres will be a big part of the event.

For example, one of the highlights is The Symphonic Slam, which will see poets incorporate music elements into three rounds of poetry, both improvised, in an exciting marriage of poetry and music.

Zalora Nights, presented over two nights by online retailer Zalora, features home-grown bands and poets in a fusion of music and spoken-word poetry.

Popular alternative rock band Monster Cat and spoken-word troupe Party Action People are among the performers who will blend the different forms of art.

For some hands-on fun, visitors can check out Market Of Experiences, which features six interactive art installations that engage the senses in different ways.

For example, one of the displays, titled Dispensing Stories, features an old-school dispensing machine filled with short stories written by Singapore writers and poets. To collect a capsule containing a story, visitors insert a 50-cent coin and twist a knob.

Mr Nair says of the varied offerings: "The festival is designed to get people to stay and experience the whole range of arts and activities.

"Lit Up connects performers and audiences from different art forms. While we have different genres in one festival, there is coherence because artists explore issues and develop shows based on our theme."

cherylm@sph.com.sg

Where: Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street
When: Sept 26 to 28, various times
Admission: Prices vary, from free events to $25 a ticket, from eventnook.com/event/litup2014. For the full line-up and information on how to buy tickets, go to www.litup.sg


This article was first published on September 20, 2014.
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