Shantanjali Festival celebrates togetherness through arts

SINGAPORE: Art is too important not to share; it connects people from all walks of life in powerful and significant ways. It is with that firm belief that Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) proudly presents the Shantanjali Festival of Arts (SFA) 2018, from October 27-28 at the Kallang Community Club.

Breaking barriers through the arts in an increasingly fragmented world, the aim of SFA 2018 is also to help artists in Singapore break out of their comfort zones and reach out to others to find strength in collaboration.

SFA opens the artistic dialogue to all members of the community, regardless of their background. From singers to dancers, spoken-word artists to migrant workers who share their unheard stories from distant homes, as well as artists of diverse abilities and special needs, a wide range of groups will be performing at SFA 2018; all of whom will be collaborating with another set of artists to come up with a unique offering.

TFA’s hope is that this serves as a platform for valuable cross-cultural exchanges and dialogue within the Singapore arts community.

Giving back to the community into its fourth year, SFA 2018 places an emphasis on that. In conjunction with World Cerebral Palsy Day (6 October), we are working with Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore to host and display the artwork by students as part of our “Arts Walk” exhibition.

Old folks’ homes will also be hosted at SFA to enjoy the festival and specially-designed health and wellness workshops, as well as enriching art sessions, conducted by professionals, just for them.

SFA 2018 will be held right in the heartlands at Kallang Community Club so that we may create art within the community, for the community. All performances will be presented to the audience at absolutely no cost – our attempt at removing any barrier between the arts and community.

Festival highlights

  • Zakir Hossain Khokan, winner of the first inaugural Migrant Worker Poetry Competition, collaborates with Temple of Fine Arts by reimagining his works through music.
  • Maya Dance Theatre collaborates with DADC – dancers with diverse abilities- and Temple of Fine Arts to present a piece on finding harmony within differences. This work was first featured at the recent Mystique Gala Charity Night of Down Syndrome Association, Singapore (DSA).

You can also look forward to an assortment of meaningful fringe activities at the festival. In conjunction with World Cerebral Palsy Day (6 October), students from Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore will be hosted, and their artworks will be proudly presented in an Arts Walk exhibition. Other fringe activities include arts and wellness workshops, a local arts market, a reading corner, an Instagram-friendly photo booth, and for the family, a kids’ play zone.

Born out of a need to make the Indian classical & semi-classical arts more accessible and relevant to a new generation and time, The Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) took root in the South East Asian region in 1981 and then journeyed to other parts of the world.

“Art, Just of the Love of It” is TFA’s motto and guiding spirit. As such, class fees are kept as minimal as possible and no one is turned away for want of financial means. Likewise, the public is welcome to any of TFA’s performances – no admission fee is charged, donations are welcome and graciously accepted.

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