At the Media Preview of the Singapore Arts Festival Village

What the Singapore Arts Festival 2012 promises to do from 18 May to 2 June. Are you ready?

The Singapore Arts Festival opens tomorrow! Yesterday we got a preview of the Festival Village situated at Esplanade Park which will be home to 300 free performances from 18 May to 2 June. Despite not being officially opened, the village was already a bustling hive of activity. There were horses trotting about, performers (both kids and adults) going through rehearsals, crew testing lighting, sound and projection and F&B staff setting up the food booths, Festival cafe and bar. The area is coming alive and it’s going to get even busier once things kick off on Friday. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in-store for you in the coming weeks. Photos after the jump. 

One of the gorgeous horses of Flux stretching its legs at the main stage before the performance.

The 12 contenders making a bid to topple the Merlion as Singapore’s reigning icon as part of XII – In Search of 13. Yep, we wonder how Geylang is going to be portrayed too.

This silver-clad dude is the Merlion and he needs your vote to decide on who he takes on in the ring. Our bets are on Kumar crushing him with his stiletto.

From the Festival Cafe to the Black Box Theatre, all the structures in the Festival Village were built using shipping containers.

The Kids Arts Village, where the little ones take over.

An adorable sing and dance by The Young Ones! Bring your kid sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews.

The journos get a taste of Tangle. Can’t wait to see the delightfully messy conclusion at the end of the festival.

Turning to the bay, we’re surprised by a moving projection of a “centaur”. It’s the start of Flux.

The two performers move as one with their beautiful horses during the performance, it’s really quite mesmerizing and we just might watch this every night.

The Festival Bar in times we need to escape the heat (and fuel the liver).

The awesome Bridge Cafe Project gentlemen who served us Cold Stone Creamery ice creams and Tully’s coffee while dancing exuberantly to Queen’s We Are the Champions and Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) in the Festival Cafe! Don’t miss them.

As we left we caught a glimpse of the ladies of Dream Country – A Lost Monologue rehearsing in their field of jars. Intrigued? We are.

For more information vist the Singapore Arts Festival 2012 website or purchase tickets at Sistic.



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