Graffiti exists in a precarious position in Singapore, where the hand that sprays it risks a fine, imprisonment or caning. On the other hand, they are admired as an artist, master of their craft. Either way, graffiti as a medium remains elusive to the public.
Senior theatre benefits our older generation — from the performers themselves to the audience. But could it be for the rest of us too?
Listening to radio plays such as Chap Lau brings the older audience to a period of nostalgia, and the younger audience to a time we know less about. From currency to housing situations, things are constantly changing and getting replaced — but they are preserved in performance.
Be it dancing to a viral “TikTok song”, uploading videos about “hidden gems” in Singapore, or showcasing hidden talents, TikTok is the up-and-coming social media platform for those seeking a creative outlet, and for those looking for quick entertainment. Ignite’s Annabelle sits down with three of the platform’s rising Singaporean stars to find out more.
Is it the way we use Singlish? Is it the way we use words from several languages into a single conversation? Is it the way we pronounce words? Does the way we talk actually define us as Singaporeans?
“This is legit, doesn’t feel local.” The label ‘made in Singapore’ has been discriminated against by us. From music to film, we are quick to feel embarrassed about or cringe at local productions (and even local culture). Strangely enough, this phenomenon is not unique to Singapore.
While 2021 has definitely been a rollercoaster ride, never would I envision myself speaking to a rainbow-coloured anime catgirl over a conference call. Yet, while speaking to VTuber Caturteer was a surreal experience, it was also definitely more engaging than any University zoom breakout session I’ve had over the past year.