25 Feb - 8 Mar: PAST CARING
8pm | The Necessary Stage Black Box | 278 Marine Parade Road | tickets $27 from SISTIC, t: 6348 5555
Inspired by the title of a poem by Australian writer Henry Lawson, Past Caring is an inter- disciplinary theatrical collaboration involving artists from Singapore and Australia. Urgent issues of adoption, displacement, family, land and journey will be weaved together into a complex and contemporary presentation of text, music, multimedia and movement. A year-long process, the project involved artists making field trips, conducting interviews and creating and presenting nascent works in Singapore and Melbourne. Past Caring will finally see its world premiere in Singapore on 25 February 2009.
1 Mar - 30 Apr: WOMEN'S TJUKURRPA DREAMING Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art (an International Women's Day 2009 event)
8.30am-4.30pm Mon-Fri | Atrium Gallery, Australian High Commission, 25 Napier Road | free admission
To mark International Women's Day 2009, the Australian High Commission presents this collection of artworks by acclaimed indigenous women painters from Mornington Island and Mangkaja Arts, including Sally Gabori, Paula Paul, Stumpy Brown and Cory Surprise.
6 Mar: WOMEN MEAN BUSINESS Celebrating International Women's Day 2009 - with Special Guest Speaker Ms Claire Chiang, Senior Vice-President, Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd
12noon - 2pm | Ballroom, Conrad Centennial Singapore | tickets: $125 per person ($110 for UNIFEM/AustCham members), incl. gourmet three-course meal served with fine Australian wine | enquiries/bookings: email firstname.lastname@example.org, t. 6238 6761
Now in its third year, Women Mean Business is an Australia-Singapore partnership to commemorate IWD and provide a vibrant forum for businesspeople to unite, network and learn from one another. A highly-regarded, accomplished businesswoman and social change pioneer, Ms Chiang will discuss the topic 'Working Smarter; Living Better'. All funds raised from this initiative will support UNIFEM's efforts to combat the illegal trafficking of women and children and assist women and children affected by domestic violence across our region. Limited table sponsorships available.
6-8 Mar: THE EXTINCTION ROOM by Linsey Pollak
8pm, 8.45pm & 9.30pm | NUS University Cultural Centre | UCC Theatre Green Room | Tickets $5 from www.nus.edu.sg/cfa/nusartsfestival or call 6516 2492
A headphone-installation sound-based work, the Extinction Room is a Library of Loss, a sound archive of extinct and endangered species which the archivist has a deep and intimate connection with. Part of the NUS Arts Festival.
8 Mar: LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI
8pm | NUS University Cultural Centre | UCC Suite 1| free admission, seats available on a first-come-first-serve basis
An acclaimed coming-of-age story, Looking for Alibrandi is an Australian film that touches on generational conflict, cultural traditions, love and self-identity. The film won five AFI awards in 2000, including Best Film. Part of the NUS Arts Festival.
7-17 Mar: SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN
Various theatres | tickets from SISTIC, t: 6348 5555
The Children’s Festival is back, with a bumper crop of Australian performances. Don’t miss Bradshaw’s Shadows, The Magic Teapot, Little Big Shots and Allenby’s Famous Flea Circus. Tickets on sale 9 January. Shows in this festival have been known to sell-out fast, so book early!
13-22 Mar: CREATIVE AUSTRALIA 2009
Garden Court Atrium, Raffles City Shopping Centre | free admission
Check out the latest fabulous and funky products from Australia! Whether it's food, wine, fashion or art and design, there's something for everyone at Creative Australia 2009.
19-22 Mar: STAGED LIVES - CAKE BY LADYKILLERS
3pm & 8pm I Gallery Theatre, National Museum I tickets $30 from www.nationalmuseum.sg or at museum counters 10am-7.30pm daily I t. 6332 3659 / 6332 5642
Beginning as a series of short stories by Astrid Pill, Cake is a bittersweet mix of songs and storytelling. Cake moves backwards, forwards and sideways through memory and fantasy, from the first to the third person and back again as it traces a woman's experience of loss and distraction. Cake is about the process of recovery; letting go of the past in unexpected ways. It's about being inside a body that experiences appetite, fullness, pregnancy, desire and emptiness and about the absurdity, pain, complexity and mess of romantic love. Beautiful, funny and highly musical, Cake is a treat for the senses.
17 Mar: OLD MAN RIVER
7.30pm & 9.30pm | The Esplanade Recital Studio| tickets $38 from SISTIC, t: 6348 5555
"An intense heart opening experience. Think of a sunny day and The Beatles post-India having tea with Beck, while Bob Dylan's outside in the alley crying, open bible in his hands, as he listens to the whispers of Gillian Welch." - Soulshine. Old Man River has toured India, Japan, Italy, Germany, Israel, UK and USA, shared stages in Australia with The Violent Femmes, Iron and Wine, Josh Pyke, The Sleepy Jackson, Damien Rice and Newton Faulkner, and performed at festivals such as Homebake, Splendour in the Grass and The East Coast Blues and Roots Festival. Part of the Mosaic Music Festival.
Source: Australian High Commission in Singapore