Monday, October 24, 2005

'Battle at Bukit Chandu' - an animated short film by NYP and NAS

We were fortunate to get an exclusive sneak peak at the animated ten minute short film 'Battle at Bukit Chandu' which is going to be shown on 9pm, Tuesday, 25 October 2005 on Arts Central.

A Gold Award winner at the 2005 Crowbar Awards organised by the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Singapore , this film illustrates one of the last significant battles fought in Singapore before British Forces surrendered to the Japanese Imperial Army.

Based largely on war diaries and historical accounts collected by the National Archives of Singapore (NAS), this film was developed by a group of Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) students with NAS's support

The film will also be featured as part of a ‘Noise Singapore’ programme that showcases creative works by youths - ‘Noise on Screen’.

We found it to be a real labour of love and an outstanding effort from the NYP students. The turmoil and raw emotions in the battle scenes were very well-portrayed through the illustration and animation.

Remember to catch it on Tuesday, 25 October 2005, at 9pm on Arts Central!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Fairy Tale World of Hans Christian Andersen

We heard rave reviews from our friends with kids about this exhibition and hurried to catch
The Fairy Tale World of Hans Christian Andersen at the Singapore Philatelic Museum before it closes on 14 October 2005.

The seemingly small gallery which houses this exhibiton belies the wealth of information this gem of an exhibition offers!

We were charmed by the beautiful presentation of his famous tales.

Full length panels accompanied with lively illustrations flesh out his stories really well.

An assortment of H.C. Andersen commemorative stamps.

Collectors assemble! There's an exclusive series of his stamps available at SPM.

A little reading corner with his best-loved stories keeps the little ones occupied.

There's even
Lego bricks for them to play with!

H.C. Andersen's quirky corner...

This heartrending poem was written when he was 21, during an unhappy period. It was his observation of the high child mortality rate during this period and is testement to his ability to approach this subject from a child's perspective.

We felt these verses were exceptionally poignant.

The final exhibit is a
Lego model of the Ugly Duckling, a fitting tribute from his countrymen to one of his most loved tales.

At first glance, this exhibition might be classified under the 'One for the Kids' dossier, but the meandering emotional ride of joy, sadness, laughter and madness prove otherwise. We're sure glad we caught it before it ended.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

First Time Ever! Museum Opens overnight in Singapore

The offical flyer

This weekend, 8 & 9 October, Asian Civilisations Museum, Empress Place's got free movie screenings, midnight gallery tours personally conducted by the museum director, Italian fare and an eclectic mix of musical performances lined up. There's also a contest with attractive prizes to be won. It'll be a great opportunity to hang out with your friends!

Most importantly, it'll be your last chance to catch
Journey of Faith. It might be a long long time till we get to see these precious artefacts all the way from Rome, so its best NOT to miss out on this. After your visit, drop on by NHB's site and take part in the Journey of Faith Contest where they've got shopping vouchers up for grabs.

Well, here's a hint of the beautiful galleries you can expect to enjoy.

Southeast Asia Galleries

Kwek Hong Png China Gallery

West Asia / Islamic Galleries

South Asia Galleries

Images courtesy of Asian Civilisations Museum