The 10th edition of our multidisciplinary public arts festival, ARTWALK, returns to the vibrant streets of Little India and Katong-Joo Chiat from Jan 19 to 28, 2024.
As a highlight of Singapore Art Week, the 2024 edition will take participants on a journey through a decade of artistic expression under the theme ‘Decennial’ to commemorate 10 years of the festival, which has grown to be an integral part of the circuit.
Since its inception in 2015, ARTWALK has also been a cherished annual event, weaving narratives of heritage, history, and culture through the canvas of public art. What started in Little India has now expanded to include the cultural district of Katong-Joo Chiat.
ARTWALK 2024: Decennial invites artists, audiences, and communities to reflect on the incredible journey of the past ten years. The festival has been a storyteller, sharing the rich histories of these neighbourhoods and witnessing their evolution. This milestone edition promises a dynamic blend of live music, engaging workshops, captivating performances, and awe-inspiring murals.
ARTWALK is an annual multidisciplinary public arts project organised by LASALLE College of the Arts and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), supported by the Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (LISHA). The festival has become a beloved staple, showcasing the cultural richness of these neighbourhoods.
Join the celebrations of a decade of creativity, community, and culture at ARTWALK 2024: Decennial! Immerse yourself in the stories, experience the evolution, and rediscover the heart and soul of Little India and Katong-Joo Chiat.
What to Enjoy at ARTWALK – Katong-Joo Chiat
ARTWALK: Block Party
The ARTWALK: Block Party draws inspiration from street culture and will be an extravaganza of street dance performances, local musicians in the rap and music scene, and a fashion showcase at Katong-Joo Chiat’s Picotin Bar and Restaurant.
ARTWALK Bazaar will enliven the streets of Katong-Joo Chiat with performances by local musicians as well as a vintage flea market, emphasising that any space can transform into a performance venue where communities can connect.
Festival goers can look forward to performances by local talents such as Genesis Keefer, with lo-fi and old-school sounds that promise to soothe both body and soul, as well as Hazel & Haziq, a talented acoustic duo who blend their unique musical journeys to create a captivating performance.
Led Me Here
Led Me Here, a unique theatrical tour inspired by local songs and the vibrant murals in Katong. This walking experience, led by performer Shaifulbahri Mohamad, unfolds fictional stories of love. Set against the charming backdrop of Katong’s shops, architecture and murals, the tour prompts reflection on the memories and emotions tied to a place.
As audiences take on this theatrical journey, they will consider what is left behind when they depart and what draws them back, sparking contemplation on the essence of return and departure.
Beach Vibes, a new mural in East Coast Road by artist Lee Song Xuan (also known as SONG) captures the essence of a tropical sunset on the beach, and features kelong-style houses along the shore.
If You Enjoy the Literary Arts …
The literary arts will be featured for the first time in the ARTWALK line-up through a thought-provoking poetry workshop.
Audiences will have the opportunity to refine their poetry skills and delve into the profound world of words and emotions under the guidance of poet Jennifer Champion. As participants hone their craft, a unique prospect awaits them—being featured in the accompanying SENSES open mic.
This captivating segment of ARTWALK is a spoken word event set in the backdrop of a Haiku-Tree installation by poet-artist Graceful Quills that will provide audiences a platform for self-expression. SENSES promises to be a celebration of language and the artistry of words, highlighting the compelling works of five accomplished poets, as well as showcasing the poetic prowess of the workshop participants.
What to Enjoy at ARTWALK – Little India
Fashion Walk will be held during ARTWALK’s opening night on Jan 19 and Block Party on Jan 27, transforming the areas into a space for textile and fashion.
Visitors can look forward to Porcelain too, a fashion showcase in which stylists Joseph Koh and Ryan Lee worked with fashion students from LASALLE to showcase creations intricately woven with themes of myth and religion.
Celebrating ARTWALK’s return to the streets with a bang, crowd favourite Damaru Singapore will be back as part of the festival’s programme with a series of engaging performances. Other highlights include sessions with storyteller Kamini Ramachandran, a long-time ARTWALK favourite, who will lead a cultural tour and experience around Little India.
OBSCURA, an evocative exhibition by street photographer Vimel Devdas (also known as G), is meticulously crafted to shed light on the hidden heritage and diverse individuals residing in Little India.
New Little India Murals!
Audiences can also look forward to a series of new murals and installations in the area!
The Street Tailor at 102 Dunlop Street showcases the quiet charm of a neighbourhood hero, while artist Shah Rizzal’s graffiti-inspired floor mural Buffalo Road is inspired by the vibrant clash of colours and prominent structures on the stretch of road.
Along Lembu Road, visitors and passers-by can participate in the making of a rangoli installation led by renowned rangoli artist Vijaya Mohan. Visitors can also enjoy Momento Fatality Error, a mesmerizing projection installation by artist Urich Lau that hopes to add vibrancy to the bustling streets of Little India.
Date: Jan 19 to 28, 2024
Location: Little India and Katong-Joo Chiat
Full details of this year’s programme can be found on the ARTWALK website at https://artwalkfest.sg.