The inaugural Entr'acte Arts Festival will be happening from 12 July to 14 August 2020. It is a free digital arts festival of theatre, visual arts and music managed by Republic Polytechnic's Diploma in Arts & Theatre Management (DATM) Final Year Project (FYP) students. The festival features 7 projects, run by 13 FYP teams, working with 6 industry partners. The students are responsible for the marketing and design and construction.
The theme of the festival is "a break between the acts". We perceive the intermission/pause of Entr'acte as the current Covid-19 situation. This period serves as a transition, a moment for us to slow the pace of our lives and reflect. We hope audiences will take a break, but at the same time, be inspired by and stay engaged with the various forms of art that the festival is bringing.
Audiences can look forward to an exciting array of content and activities, including behind-the-scenes, giveaway and live talk sessions featuring interviews with the Final Year Project students and game to extend the festival experience to more than what audiences usually see when watching shows online or on stage.
The line-up for Entr'acte Arts Festival includes:
1. Webinar on Mental Health: Healing Through Arts (CausewayEXchange)
Tune in to the live webinar session where experts from Singapore and Malaysia share their experiences and insights on how different people from different societies cope with the Covid-19 pandemic and the social circumstance that has arisen from it.
2. Beating: We are Purple Humans
Join the virtual art exhibition that showcases 15 paintings detailing 15 different kinds of congenital heart conditions (CHD) created by Boo Kai Ni, an artist born with Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries (CCTGA). The exhibition aims to educate the public about the heart conditions, and the social and emotional challenges faced by individuals with CHD, as well as how to work towards building a supportive and empathetic community. The exhibition will be accompanied by a studio tour, behind-the-scenes and more!
3. Nam Hwa Music Ensemble (Nam Hwa Opera Limited's in-house Teochew music ensemble)
Find out the marketing process from the students involved and discover stories behind the Ensemble, challenges faced by the musicians, facts about the various Chinese musical instruments and more!
4. Riley's Rain 2020
Learn about the workings behind this multisensory production with the cast, director, and students involved in the marketing and technical and design of the production. The audiences can also look forward to the trailer and full recording of the show. Riley's Rain is a multisensory performance for audiences with sensory sensitivities and/or social, cognitive and physical challenges. The show debuted in 2019 as part of DATM's efforts in making arts accessible to all.
5. KidsSTOP STEAM Festival 2020 (Science Centre Singapore)
Hear from the FYP teams involved as they share their roles and process, and check out the behind-the-scenes of the construction of a sensorial trail that focuses on marine conservation as part of the STEAM Fest. The festival is for children aged 2 to 8 years, it aims to educate parents and early childhood professionals on innovative ways to engage and sustain children's attention.
6. Son et Lumiere
Catch the full recording and behind-the-scenes of this light and multimedia show. The show aims to educate and highlight the impact of climate change and the importance of making a difference in our daily routine to reduce the harmful effects of global warming.
7. i Light
Discover the effects of mental health issues and ways to overcome them with the teaser of this light art installation, behind-the-scenes and more! The audiences can look forward to the actual presentation in i Light Singapore 2021.