The House Party is an annual celebration organised by The Arts House where artists, writers and musicians come together to share stories that inspire their being and their work. This year we highlight the various literary expressions across artistic genres through an eclectic range of events by Singapore artists.
From a poetic musical dialogue curated by Young Artist Award winner Marc Nair, a photo exhibition by local photographers Liana Yang and Lavender Chang, a showcase of Asian stories by master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran, to jazz and chamber music performances curated by Aya Sekine and violinist Loh Jun Hong respectively, come join us to celebrate our artists.
Note for Note
Performance | 25 Mar | 8pm | Chamber | $20 | Get tickets
Discover the spell-binding dialogues that are created when poets are paired with musicians. Featuring Aaron Lee, Bani Haykal, Christine Chia, David Wong, Deborah Emmanuel, Kok Wei Liang, Pooja Nansi, Samuel Caleb Wee, Shivram Gopinath, Yoong Shu Hong and more.
Storytelling | 25 Mar
Let Kamini Ramachandran enthral you with Asian tales of The Indigo Jackal and Shapeshifter Stories, in conjunction with the eponymous theme of World Storytelling Day.
The Indigo Jackal (suitable for children)
11 am – 12pm | Blue Room | 1 adult + 1 child*: $18, 2 adults + 1 child*: $25, Each additional child*: $8 | Get tickets
* Ages 10 and below
Shapeshifter Stories (suitable for 16 years & above)
8pm – 9pm | Play Den | Standard: $20, Concession (students, NSFs & seniors): $15 | Get tickets
In the Spotlight
Performance | 26 Mar | 4pm | Living Room | $20 | Get tickets
Experience the colourful soundscapes by classical musicians Khor Shang Jin, Lillian Wang, Lin Juan and Tan Wee-Hsin as they offer a sampling of Mozart, Prokofiev and Faure.
Jazz in the House
Performance | 25 Mar | 9pm – 10pm | Living Room | Free admission with registration | Register here
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9pm – 9.25pm: Oliver Von Essen + Richard Jackson ft Navin Kumar
9.35pm – 10pm: Chok Kerong x Weixiang Tan ft. Aaron James Lee
Settle down in the company of musicians as they celebrate their stories through the soul-healing vehicle of music.
25 Mar | 6pm – 7.30pm | Empress Lawn | Free admission
6pm – 6.30pm: Ernesto Valerio + Mario Serio
6.40pm – 7.10pm: Nicole Duffell Trio ft. Christy Smith & Andrew Lim
7.20pm – 7.50pm: RaghaJazz
Join us as the sun sets with a showcase of emerging and established jazz musicians. The featured musicians will also share more about their musical influences and experiences that have contributed to the development of their individual performance styles.
Music@Empress is supported by the National Arts Council.
Pet Me, Pet me, Look at Me, Love Me
Exhibition | 17 Mar – 12 Apr | 10am – 8pm | Gallery I | Free admission
Explore notions of intimacy and longing with Singapore-based photographers Liana Yang and Lavender Chang, via the role of the written word in their artistic practices.
Tour | 25 Mar & 8 Apr | 2pm – 3pm | Gallery I | Free with registration | Register here
We are sharing the love! Join curator Kong Yen Lin as she shares insights into the conceptualization of the show and the thought processes of each artist.
Rendezvous - A Dialogue between Image Makers and Wordsmiths
Session with Lavender Chang x You Jin | 25 Mar | 3.30pm – 4.30pm | Blue Room | Free with registration | Register here
Session with Liana Yang x O Thiam Chin | 26 Mar | 2pm – 3pm | Blue Room | Free with registration | Register here
As part of the Pet Me, Pet Me, Look at Me, Love Me exhibition, each artist launches a conversation with a Singaporean writer of their choice to explore common threads and themes in their practices, and how text and images influence each other.
To Love and Be Fed - Artist Activity
Food for thought | Workshop | 1 hr | Council Room | March 25 | 5pm to 6pm | Free with registration | Register here
Bring your favourite hawker dish and join Lavender Chang for a light-hearted sharing session on the social and personal memories revolving around food. Suitable for families with children.
Love, Virtually | Workshop | 1 hr | Blue Room | March 26 | 4pm to 5pm| Free with registration | Register here
Join Liana Yang as she shares about a main tenet of her artistic practice - how she reads between the lines for subliminal messages in text and images - via the medium of online dating. Suitable for participants age 18 and above.
Screening | 25 & 26 Mar | 12pm – 5pm (Films loop at the start of every hour) | Screening Room | Free admission
View a selection of winning films from the Singapore Heritage Short Film Competition (HSFC) 2016 that shine a light on the artistic and cultural practices that subsist on the fringes of memory in Singapore.
Singapore Icons in Pop Culture
Director: Gwendolin Mah / 2016 / Singapore / 10min / Rating: PG
Director: Nurul Farhana Bte Mohd Zaidi / 2016 / Singapore / 6min 45sec / Rating: PG
Transcend In Heritage
Director: Ong Wei Ting / 2014 / Singapore / 8min 30sec / Mandarin and English with English subtitles / Rating: PG
Curry Fish Head
Director: Srinivas Bhakta / 2014 / Singapore / 6min 45sec / Tamil with English subtitles / Rating: PG
Director: Chee Wei Teck / 2016 / Singapore / 1min 58sec/ Mandarin with English subtitles / Rating: PG
Director: Jordan Low / 2014 / Singapore / 10min 51sec / Mandarin with English subtitles / Rating: PG
The Old Voice
Director: Saleem Hadi / 2016 / Singapore / 8mins / Tamil with English subtitles / Rating: PG
The Art of Singapore
Director: Eileen Chong / 2016 / Singapore / 4min 41sec / Mandarin, Hokkien with English subtitles / Rating: PG
Post-show Dialogue with Eileen Chong
Dialogue | 25 Mar | 3pm – 4pm | Screening Room | Free with registration | REGISTER HERE
Discover from Eileen Chong, the director of The Art of Singapore, on how she worked to uncover the story of one of Singapore's last movie poster painters. Chong is also the founder of Project Unsung Heroes, which documents ordinary people with extraordinary acts of kindness. The Art of Singapore is the winner of HSFC 2016. The session is moderated by David Lee, vice chairman of the Singapore Film Society.
Post-show Dialogue with Saleem Hadi
Dialogue | 26 Mar | 3pm – 4pm | Screening Room | Free with registration | REGISTER HERE
Learn more about the genre of radio dramas in Singapore and how director Saleem Hadi found inspiration for his film The Old Voice, which was awarded first runner-up in HSFC 2016. Saleem is an accomplished film director who has garnered many accolades, including the 2008 Cannes Distinguished Community Documentary Award. The session is moderated by Chew Keng Kiat, marketing manager of the Singapore Film Society and project manager of the HSFC.
Tribute to Our Founding Fathers Exhibition Tour
25 Mar | 11am – 12pm & 5pm-6pm | Meet at main entrance 15 minutes before session | Free admission (20 slots only)
This interactive tour will take you through the trials faced by first generation nation-builders like Lee Kuan Yew, David Marshall, Toh Chin Chye, Goh Keng Swee, Edmund Barker, Lim Kim San and S. Rajaratnam vis-à-vis a journey through Singapore's parliamentary system and first parliament building – The Old Parliament House – which is presently The Arts House. Relive the heady years of the 1960s to 80s and learn about how our pioneers overcame hurdles to forge history.
The tours are led by Hands on Learning.
The Arty Party Room
25 Mar | 11am – 6pm | Gallery II | Free admission
26 Mar | 11am – 4pm | Gallery II | Free admission
Visit The Arty Party Room and put your mark on a community collage facilitated by artist collective 3 Pumpkins Projects. In addition, look out for featured performers in the main stage programmes who will also drop in for bite-sized performances throughout the day.
Pst, Your Hear?
Designed by 3 Pumpkins Projects in collaboration with visual artist Mei who specializes in print making, this interactive space invites visitors both young and old to enter the gallery and be absorbed in sound artist Zai Tang's city soundscape, Sonorous City. While listening to a symphony of aural stimuli which are so familiar to city dwellers, visitors can attempt to create a playful landscape using a collage of geometric shapes, lines, found images, and letters.
Storytime by Moonshadow Stories
25 March | 2.30pm – 3.30pm | Gallery II | Free admission
In this storytelling session, the works of the wackiest, wildest children's author Dr. Seuss is brought to life! Join in the fun with The Cat in the Hat and delight in the classic Green Eggs & Ham!
26 March | 3pm – 3.30pm
Feast your ears in a pre-concert programme with husband-and-wife musicians Tan Wee-Hsin and Lillian Wang as they put the spotlight on the violin and viola, with compositions for string duos from virtuosos Mozart and Rolla.
Swing by the Porch and treat yourself to delicious food and drinks from our pop-up stalls.