Explore 1940s Singapore nightlife with NADA, Senyawa and more

Explore 1940s Singapore nightlife with NADA, Senyawa and more

To whet thy appetite for all things arty, the annual Singapore International Festival of the Arts (SIFA) presents us with their pre-festival of ideas, The O.P.E.N. (Open. Participate. Engage. Negotiate.). 

Amongst a myriad of diverse programs including a Mexican fashion workshop conducted by Carla Fernández and a performance of Henrik Ibsen’s original “Ghosts” as interpreted by German theater collective Markus&Markus, this year's edition sees the iconic Old Kallang Airport transformed into a #throwback hazy rave dubbed Club Malam. 

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Conceived by director of The O.P.E.N. Ms Noorlinah Mohamed, Club Malam is inspired by Singapore's nightlife of the 1940's and 50's, and aims to immerse the audience in a whole other world through a blend of various mediums as digital media, installation, performance, and of course, music. 

Providing the beats for The O.P.E.N.'s 3 night stint between the 7th and 9th of July are Jogjakarta two-man band Senyawa, and visual art and sound project NADA. Each duo is fiercely unique and fit The O.P.E.N. bill to the tee as they challenge audiences to leave any artistic preconceived notions at the door, and enter with a mind open to experimentation.

Playing festivals from Denmark to China, Senyawa brings us their genre defying show "Sound & Fury", which incorporates less than conventional instruments such as repurposed bamboo, animal skins, wire, fishing lines and even a farmer’s plough. NADA will play their "reimagined" popular Malay and sixties dance tracks alongside visuals provided by Singapore based media-artist Brandon Tay.

Find out more about The O.P.E.N., which will be held at various venues from the 22nd of June to the 9th of July, and download the full program schedule here.

Listen to NADA's Bandwagon Mix here: