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Art events in Singapore: Singapore Fringe Festival 2017 to feature exhibitions, performances, talks and more

Major art event Singapore Fringe Festival 2017 last thematic installation “Art and Skin” is set to captivate art enthusiasts with a slew of provocative theatrical and visual art works,

Dec 27, 2016 | By AFP Relaxnews

For its 13th edition, the Singapore Fringe Festival (5 to 14 January 2017) has chosen the theme of “Art & Skin”, a “creative exploration and dialogue into matters of identity, beauty, intimacy, sensitivity, pleasure, pain and shame,” the last time the festival will use its “Art & ____” thematic format.

Future editions of the show will take on a completely different approach: instead of connecting art with a thematic concept, the Singapore Fringe Festival will focus on themes highlighting iconic Singaporean artworks.

The 2017 festival will take place at multiple venues across Singapore, including the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Centre 42, as well as new partners LASALLE College of the Arts, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, library@esplanade and Silver Ribbon Singapore.

"Chrysanthemum Gate" by Chanel Chan & Andrew Sutherland at Singapore Fringe Festival 2017 (Photo credit: Anna Bruce via AFP)

“Chrysanthemum Gate” by Chanel Chan & Andrew Sutherland at Singapore Fringe Festival 2017 (Photo credit: Anna Bruce via AFP)

The “Art & Skin”-themed festival will be divided into four categories: Fringe Highlights, Live Fringe, Fresh Fringe and Fringe Activities.

For the upcoming edition, Fringe Highlights highlights two projects: “Foreign Bodies” by the new multicultural Singapore burlesque troupe Skin in SIN and “Labels” by UK-based Worklight Theatre. The Live Fringe section will feature performances and talks such as “#CompulsiveCharcoal” by Liz Atkin (London), “Pretty Butch” by Tan Litin (Singapore) and “Under My Skin” by Alessandra Fel (Italy/Singapore).

A new addition to 2017’s lineup, Fresh Fringe will showcase works in development by up-and-coming artists from around the world. The lineup includes “Chrysanthemum Gate,” a collaboration between the Australian theater-producer Andrew Sutherland and Singaporean Chanel Ariel Chan, and “Deep in the Heart of Me” by local writer/director Kaylene Tan.

The Singapore Fringe Festival, organisd by the non-profit theatre company The Necessary Stage and run by new Artistic Director Sean Tobin, will run 5 to 14 January 2017. For more information about the 2017 lineup, visit M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2017 website.

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