Giving Australia a taste of our island’s best

Following the success of Singapore: Inside Out Tokyo, the travelling art showcase that was conceived to highlight our local talent is heading to Sydney, this time with an even bigger lineup in tow. From Nov 3-5, Kensington Street in Sydney, Australia will come alive with an interactive showcase of installations, light projections, performances and dining presentations, from both Singaporean and Australian creatives.

While SG: IO Tokyo focused largely on art and fashion exhibits, the Sydney event will include the culinary arts as well. Macolm Lee of Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant Candlenut will present both traditional and modern takes on Peranakan dishes, while mixologist Peter Chua will design bespoke cocktails to the theme “Movement”. Other culinary entities on showcase include Tarte by Cheryl Koh and New Ubin Seafood.

As for the visual and performing arts, some of Singapore’s biggest names in the scene will be joining the expanded lineup for SG: IO Sydney. Of the 20 or so artists, Pop Aye’s Kirsten Tan will showcase two made-in-Singapore short films; Donna Ong will present a visual installation made of steel poles, glasses and beer bottles; sound artist Zul Mahmod returns to SG: IO with another original sound installation; and local poet Joshua Ip will collaborate on a selection of excerpts from an upcoming graphic novel, Ten Stories Below.

Three local musicians have also been selected to perform as part of a music showcase held in conjunction with SG: IO Sydney. After a rigorous selection process by both Singaporean and Australian industry professionals, Linying, Sam Rui and MAS1A will join their creative counterparts in representing Singapore on a global stage. With all the mounting bad press surrounding how the powers that be treat the local arts scene, SG: IO might just be the saving initiative we need.

More information on the showcase here