The Aliwal Urban Art Festival is an annual celebration of Singapore cool. Get down to a carefully-curated selection of art inspired by international street culture – from graffiti to graphic art, rock to afro-beat, skateboarding to breakdancing. Organised by Aliwal Arts Centre, the festival’s location in Kampong Gelam is apt – the district is named one of Singapore’s coolest neighbourhoods by international press, with its rich history and culture, mixed with on-trend shops and cafes.
For the first time, look out also for a specially curated Skateboard exhibition ‘Cannot be Bo(a)rded’ featuring 16 artists from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia using the skateboard as a medium to create new artworks that both respond to the physical material, and challenge existing social connotations of youth rebellion characterised by skateboard culture.
Curated by Iman Ismail, artists featured will include Speak Cryptic (Singapore), Nizam Rahmat (Malaysia) as well as the curator of the internationally-renowned art festival ArtJog in Yogyakarta Indonesia, Bambang Toko (Indonesia).
Festival activities: 16 January 2016, 5 – 11pm
Cannot Be Bo(a)rded exhibition: 14 January – 14 February 2016
Venue: Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918
When: 16 Jan 2016, 5pm - 11pm