08 Jun '11, 9pm

Expanding the cultural realm in Singapore

On a balmy Saturday evening last summer in the Dhoby Ghaut neighbourhood of Singapore, a few hundred people - residents and in-the-know tourists - stood or sat in rows of plastic chairs taking swigs of Tiger beer retrieved from an ice-filled inflatable children's pool. The crowd had assembled to see 10 local artists - photographers, a painter, a fashion designer, a film-maker - present their work, with a white wall standing in for a projector screen. The biannual gathering, named Rojak for the inventive Singaporean-Malaysian salad, is one aspect of a recent effort to raise Singapore's cultural profile. While the Government is luring international artists and architects to Singapore, local gallery owners, artists and entrepreneurs are finding innovative ways to nourish home-grown art and fashion and, at the same time, challenge the image of a buttoned-up Singapore, better k...

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