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Welcome to My World 2018

Date/Day: 2 September 2018/Sunday
Venue: The Republic Cultural Centre (TRCC), Republic Polytechnic
Time: Fringe Activities- 130 pm to 330 pm, Concert – 4 pm to 530 pm

Welcome to My World – a Concert by People with Disabilities is organised annually by VSA Singapore. This national concert by people with disabilities strives to promote the belief that art is for all, including people with disabilities. It is, therefore, a celebration of inclusiveness that we want to build in our society. Aimed to not only showcase the talent of our disabled community in performing arts, this concert will also inspire and increase the awareness of the immense talent and resilience of people with disabilities. Each year, we work with artistes with disabilities, SPED schools and VWOs to identify and put up a concert.

This year, to celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we strive to bring WTMW to a higher level by creating a musical involving artistes with disabilities from VSA’s inclusive theatre company, Very Special Theatrics, as well as some performers from the recent True Colours Indoor Concert.  The storyline will describe the dreams, struggles and courage of one of our beneficiaries, who aspires to become a Jazz performer. The involvement of other professional performers from groups such as Jazz Association (Singapore) and others. In addition, we will be having a curated external fringe activities outside the auditorium comprising of experiential workshops and classes with our training artists/artistes and our partners in the disability sector eg. Dialogue in the Dark.  Our aim is to bring in the community to learn and understand what it is like to have a disability and to be inspired by the talents that the artists / artistes with disabilities possess.

Purchase here: http://www.vsa.org.sg/product-category/concert-tickets/

Collection Booth: 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, #03-01 Changi City Point, Singapore 486038.

Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm

For enquiries, please contact Ruo Xi at ruoxi@vsa.org.sg or call 66049431

'See What I See' - VSA Singapore's Annual Art Competition 2018

The 16th edition of ‘See What I See’ – VSA Singapore’s Annual Art Competition for Children and Youths with Special Needs is back!

The Competition is open to participants aged 6 to 35 years old, so send the details to your alumni and friends!

2018 Theme: JOURNEY

Submission Deadline: 6 August 2018, 6pm

VSA Singapore’s journey in creating and providing access and opportunities for people with disabilities through the arts for the past 25 years has been wonderful, and we want our participants to share their unique journeys with us this year!

Reminder on the following:

a) Artwork MUST BE on A3 size (42.0cm x 29.7cm) paper. Framed paintings will not be accepted.

b) Don’t pre-select! Send your students/clients’ artworks even if it doesn’t look ‘perfect’ or worth the competition. You really never know!

Click here for the registration form. Remember to read the ‘Rules and Regulations’ as stated on Page 2.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email clarissa@vsa.org.sg or call 6448 6275 during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 6.00pm).

We look forward to your students/clients’ submissions!

VSA Art Exhibition: Singapore Then & Now

Event: Singapore Then & Now
Dates: 2 June – 30 July 2018
Venue: Public Art Space at Pan Pacific Singapore (Level 2)

About the Exhibition

In collaboration with Pan Pacific Singapore, a series of 3 art exhibitions featuring artworks by VSA’s artists with disabilities, will be showcased at the hotel’s public art space from February to July 2018. A total of 9 artists (grouped according to themes) will be participating in these exhibitions to present and sell their art pieces to the public.

Singapore Then and Now

The theme of this exhibition is set as “Singapore Then and Now” to resonate with the local audience as well as to attract the curious travellers. Academically trained in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Chang Kim Ngoh enjoys painting scenes that depict the olden days of Singapore, whereas Raymond Lau is well-recognised for his vibrant paintings of Singapore cityscapes, and Isabel Lim loves capturing the street scene of Singapore through photography. With a mix of traditional (oil paintings) and modern (photography) mediums, the chosen theme is best presented through the eyes of these 3 local artists who are from different generations.

Welcome To My World (Volume 7)

We are pleased to share with you Welcome To My World (Volume 7)

In this issue of our newsletter, you will read about:

– True Colours Festival
– ADIC International Conference
– NSA and VSA Collaboration
– 15th Year Long Service Award

Click here for the newsletter. We hope you will enjoy reading it.

If you wish us to send you hardcopies of the newsletter, please feel free to call us at 6604 9431/6448 6275 or email general@vsa.org.sg.

Alternatively, you may get it at our VSA Art Space @ Changi/Bedok on weekdays, during office hours.

VSA Singapore x No Strings Attached (NSA) Australia

VSA is proud to present to you True Colours Festival, The Asia-Pacific Celebration of Artistes with Disability;

Very Special Theatrics & No Strings Attached (NSA)

SportsSG Auditorium

24 & 25 Mar, 4pm

VSA Singapore x No Strings Attached (NSA) Australia

By No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability (Australia) + Very Special Theatrics (Singapore): World Premiere + International Collaboration

Catch the exclusive Double Bill: No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability’s world premiere I FORGOT TO REMEMBER TO FORGET and international collaboration with Very Special Theatrics’ MY HOME IS NOT A SHELL during the TRUE COLOURS FESTIVAL- the Asia Pacific Celebration of Artistes with Disabilities.

I FORGOT TO REMEMBER TO FORGET is an innovative, fun and touching exploration with performers who identify as living with ‘memory problems’. This is the world premiere of this experimental theatre piece by No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability. Be among the first to experience this amazing theatre piece.

MY HOME IS NOT A SHELL is a collaborative work in progress by No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability (NSA) and Very Special Theatrics (VST), an inclusive performing company. Co-organised by Very Special Arts (Singapore) and Singapore International Foundation (SIF), the collaboration includes workshops conducted in February 2018 which were led by artistic directors, Alirio Zavarce from NSA and R. Chandran from VST. The international exchange and learning culminates in a creative showcase featuring VST performers.

Date: 24 and 25 March 2018 (Saturday and Sunday)

Time: 3-5pm

Venue: SportsSG Auditorium (6 Stadium Walk Singapore 397698) (https://goo.gl/maps/RCzczvFep4x)

*Free admission

*Free seating which is wheelchair accessible

*Sign interpretation will be provided during the performance

*Live English language Audio Description (for blind & vision-impaired patrons) will be provided during the performance

Find out more about I FORGOT TO REMEMBER TO FORGET at http://bit.ly/nsatworldpremiere, True Colours Festival at https://truecolours.sg/no-strings-attached, and SIF’s support for the world premiere and international collaboration at http://bit.ly/sifnsatcf.

** Please note the 8.30-9.30pm sessions of the world premiere have been updated to the current timings. Thank you.

True Colours Festival

VSA is proud to present to you True Colours Festival, The Asia-Pacific Celebration of Artistes with Disability. It comprises the following: 

(1) Indoor Concert – presenting artistes from the Asia-Pacific and some guest countries. Happening at Singapore Indoor Stadium.

23 Mar: 8 – 9.30 pm

24 & 25 Mar : 6 – 7.30 pm

For more information, please visit here: https://truecolours.sg/

(2) Arts & Disability International Conference 2018 (ADIC2018) –

22 Mar : 8 am to 6 pm, Sands Expo and Convention Centre (MBS)

23 Mar : 8.30 am to 1.30 pm, Enabling Village

Day 1 Conference Package costs $150 per pax

Day 2 Workshop at $50 per pax or Lecture at $20 per pax

Conference fee includes free entry to Indoor Concert

For more information, please visit here: https://adic2018.sg/eng/pages/content/Registration/Registration

(3) Outdoor Festival Village @ OCBC Square – Booths from other VWOs, Interactive booths- Ask Me Anything!, Guide Dogs, Walking in the Dark, Stage Performances, Film Screenings that features/ are directed/produced by people with disabilities.

23 Mar, 5 pm to 8 pm

24 & 25 Mar, 11am to 7pm

(4) Visual Art Exhibition @ Visitor’s Centre, Kallang

23 Mar, 5 pm to 8 pm

24 & 25 Mar, 11 am to 7 pm

(5) Theatre @ SportsSG Auditorium 

Very Special Theatrics & No Strings Attached (NSA) Matinee – 24 & 25 Mar, 4 pm

No String Attached’s World Premier, 24 & 25 Mar, 3 pm

(Note: Information is accurate at time of print and may be subject to changes)

Make a difference with Very Special Theatrics

Hire us to perform at your event! 

Are you planning a party in the office or a corporate festive get-together?

Hire the Very Special Theatrics Christmas production and support our very special budding artistes. All the proceeds will go to VST’s training and future productions. Your support will go a long way in making a difference in someone’s life. 

For more information, please contact Victoria at 6604 9431 or email victoria@vsa.org.sg

Also, look out for our upcoming production in collaboration with No Strings Attached (NSA) from Australia during the True Colours Festival 2018!

Citi-YMCA Youth For Causes (YFC)
- Volunteer With VSA

Do you want to be the master of your own project? Do you want to gain first-hand experience in organising events to champion a worthy cause? If you want to learn lessons outside of the classrooms or if you want to spark your entrepreneurial spirit and be developed into socially responsible community leaders, this is the best platform for you!

Calling youths aged 15 – 25 years old! Embark on your self-initiated project as a team of four, to raise public awareness and raise funds for a worthy cause of helping people with disabilities in our community through the arts. Put your ideas into action and make your mark with Very Special Art Singapore! Click here to know more.

YFC complements the “Values in Action” (VIA) programme as part of Ministry of Education’s Character and Citizenship Education.

Visit http://youthforcauses.com/ to find out more and/or sign up for Youth for Causes 2018.

Call Victoria at 6604 9431; email general@vsa.org.sg

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