Celebrating Music, Movement And Mindful Play at Goodman Open House

Groove, Dance and have a Play-Full Day Out this June holidays at the Goodman Open House 2019  (#GoodmanOpenHouse). 

Singapore, 14June 2019 – Groove, Dance and have a Play-Full Day Out this June holidays at the Goodman Open House 2019 (#GoodmanOpenHouse). To be held on 22 June 2019 at Singapore’s largest arts enclave, Goodman Arts Centre, the annual family-friendly arts festival invites all to enjoy and experience diverse art forms through play. With free admission to the festival grounds, performances, a Goodman Market to shop and fuel up at, workshops and more, get set for an arty fun Saturday, rain or shine.

With a new theme “Music, Dance and Play”, the one-day festival and Open House will focus on participative music and movement performances. Goodman Arts Centre’s resident artists and arts groups will showcase over 30 different workshops and performances throughout the day. Due to encouraging response and capacity caps, various ticketed workshops and programmes are filling up fast. Families who are keen are advised to enquire at the festival grounds for limited slots, on a first come first served basis. 

Goodman Open House will shine the spotlight this year on the music, dance and theatre artists and arts groups in Singapore’s largest arts enclave, with a strong line-up of programmes especially suited for children and youths. Focusing on the theme of Music, Dance & Play, we have curated participative performances that break down barriers and bring the audience and performer together. At the same time, the programmes were designed for both parents and children to engage and be in the moment together, rather than having parents watching from the back of the room while their kids enjoy the activities. As families bond in a ‘Play-Full’ way at the festival, we hope to inculcate a deeper appreciation of our local arts community and their diverse range of work,” said Ms Dorothy Neo, Centre Manager of Goodman Arts Centre.

Experience the art of Story-telling, Dance, and have an Artsy Trick/Treat

Unwind after a hectic week and get ready to laugh, cheer and be moved through play at Goodman Open House 2019. With free performances happening throughout the day ranging from sing-along and storytelling sessions to puppetry productions, both juniors and adults alike can dive into an immersive artsy experience. 

Head over to Goodman Arts Centre’s Open Field to pick up hand gestures as stories come alive at the outdoor storytelling session, Storytelling through Indian Hand Gestures by Apsaras Arts. Jam along to live musicians performing old and new songs with ethnic instruments at the Music Jamboree. Dance along to a traditional live music band and enjoy the outdoor performance of “Joget Joget,” by ERA Dance Theatre. Listen to the musical adaption of the popular children’s story, Three Little Pigs, with a twist at the Quartz Quartz by the Philharmonic Winds’. Dance along to familiar Chinese and English pop tunes at the Dicapella Goes Pop!, featuring a quintet of three Chinese flutists, one percussionist and a keyboardist. Music lovers can also catch a drumming performance of African drums at Upbeat!.

Check out activities such as Caricature DrawingFace Painting and Community Batik by Kamal Arts as the hours roll by. Team up with friends and family in a series of games at Giant Games where you can put your memory skills to the test and show off your best dance moves.

Hungry for a treat? Make a pit stop at the Goodman Market, a mini food and art marketplace, as well as 12 vendors such as Island Surfer, Coffee Bandits and Travelling Cow offering an assortment of treats including artisanal goods and baby merchandise.

Continue the playful exploration indoors with curated music and dance performances, as families with toddlers can check out NADAM By Little Creatures, an interactive musical performance by SAtheCollective for little ones to experiment with musical instruments and explore sounds and musical ideas. Families with older children can catch Hug The Tree, a puppetry performance by Paper Monkey Theatre. Inspired by an old Indian folktale, the performance follows a group of villagers’ quest to save trees from being felled. Embark on a journey to faraway lands through tales of music and sound in a story-telling session for the whole family with Once Upon A Story by The Storytelling Centre. Celebrate with Rama and Sita in a dance-drama piece in Sita’s Magical Forestby Apsaras Arts, a story of their trials and triumphs through their adventures.

Be an Artist for a Day

Step into the open studios of some of the resident artists at Goodman Arts Centre and learn more about their artmaking processes. Unlock the creative potential at drop-in workshops ranging from creating personal scents to Chinese ink painting.

Mix, match and print on cards with an assortment of hand-carved rubber stamps at the Stamp Printing Workshop by Artefakts. Rubber stamp collectors and fans can also check out the Make A Good Impression workshop by Artefakts, to learn the basics of stamp carving and painting.

Families with kids aged 7 years and older can check out two workshops by Goodman Ceramics Studio. Exploring the beauty of glass materials, participants can create useful decorative art at the Make your First Wind-Chime and Make your own Glass Brooch or Fridge Magnet workshops.

Comics lovers and aspiring digital illustrators can glean practical tips on how to improve their colouring skills and share comics and manga images at the How to Colour Comics Digitally hands-on workshop. Supported by Lenovo and organised by the Association for Comic Arts Singapore, the workshop is suitable for participants of ages 10 and above. In Chinese Ink Painting – The Thousand Year Art, participants can learn more from artist Steven Fang about this traditional art form and start on their first Chinese ink art pieces!

Enjoy the sensory satisfaction of creating personalised Signature Scents with Native Orchids of Singapore at the How It’s Made - Perfumes workshop by homegrown and artisanal perfumery Je T’aime Perfumery. Participants will bring home the scents in a customised bottle.

Families can also learn the building blocks to create their own stories for the stage at the Build-A-Storyworkshop. Facilitated by Associate Artists from Checkpoint Theatre, parents and their children can learn how to fire their imagination at this interactive session.

Be Inspired by Creativity Talks by Artists and Parents

Learn more about A Little Raw’s inclusive creative movement programme at Sharing A Raw Moment with You. The talk will feature a main facilitator from the inclusive young dance company as well as a mother of 3 sharing about their experiences.

Parents can also sit in for Respecting Our Children’s Being Through Artful Play, a sharing session by Natalie Alexandra Tse, Co-Founder of SAtheCollective and LittleCreaturesbySA as she reflects on her experiences as a mother of a young boy and how it has shaped her artistic practice.

Goodman Open House 2019 will be held at Goodman Arts Centre on 22 June 2019, from 11am to 5pm. Public admission for all programmes is free. For more information, please visit www.goodmanartscentre.sg, view the latest festival line-up and programme updates at https://www.goodmanartscentre.sg/events/goodman-open-house-2019/ or join in the conversations on https://www.facebook.com/GoodmanArtsCentre/.


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About Goodman Arts Centre

Tranquillity, charm and community – these are the words that often come to mind when describing Goodman Arts Centre, an arts hive nestled along Mountbatten Road. Spread across seven leafy acres, the centre is the largest arts enclave in Singapore and is home to over 70 artists and arts groups, both established and emerging. This unique ecosystem of artists lends the estate the air of an incubator for creativity. Since its establishment in 2011, the centre has served as a place to bring artists, arts enthusiasts and neighbouring communities together to experience the arts in a laid-back yet intimate manner. Nowhere is this more evident than during its annual open house events that bring the centre’s resident artists and art to the community and public. Goodman Arts Centre is also the home of the National Arts Council.

About Arts House Limited

Arts House Limited (AHL) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to enriching lives through the arts. AHL manages two key landmarks located in the heart of Singapore’s Civic District – The Arts House, a multidisciplinary arts centre with a focus on literary programming, and the Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, a heritage building that is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. It also runs the Aliwal Arts Centre and Goodman Arts Centre, two creative enclaves for artists, arts groups and creative businesses, and performing arts space Drama Centre. AHL presents the Singapore International Festival of Arts, the annual pinnacle celebration of interdisciplinary arts in Singapore commissioned by the National Arts Council.

AHL was set up in 11 December 2002 as a company limited by guarantee (CLG) under the National Arts Council and was formerly known as The Old Parliament House Limited. It was officially renamed Arts House Limited on 19 March 2014.