comma | *SCAPE Creative Arts Festival (Jan 12 to 28, 2024)

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comma | *SCAPE Creative Arts Festival
comma | *SCAPE Creative Arts Festival

comma, the *SCAPE Creative Arts Festival, will be held from Jan 12 to 28, 2024.


The heart of youth creativity continues to beat strong with *SCAPE recently announcing the return of its heralded Creative Arts Festival, comma.

For its second year, the festival will reaffirm its commitment to youth development and community building by presenting an immersive showcase from Jan 12 to 28, 2024. The showcase includes the much-anticipated Music Day Out on Jan 13 and 14 too.

Themed “Disruption”, this year’s festival concept reflects *SCAPE’s current state of placemaking refresh, inspiring the event’s overall aesthetic. The theme not only challenges youth artists to defy norms and break barriers, but also invites audiences to experience *SCAPE’s ongoing transformation. Its unique setting provides a compelling backdrop to showcase and celebrate young artists, dancers, and musicians.

Organised specifically to spotlight budding youth talent, comma also sets itself apart by featuring a dynamic array of performances and exhibitions by young creators that celebrate youthful creativity, while serving as a safe space for those who are interested in exploring and discovering new art disciplines and bridging different genres.

As a key programme of the Somerset Belt, industry stakeholders such as RAW Moves (Contemporary Dance), World Supremacy Battlegrounds (Street Dance), and Steady State Records (Music) will also be involved to enhance mentorship, cross-disciplinary engagement, and professional growth for the artists of tomorrow.

“We are impressed by the creative energies of the young people who have journeyed with us at *SCAPE. At comma, we want to celebrate their creative pursuits and showcase the vibrant creative scene at *SCAPE and the Somerset Belt. This underscores *SCAPE’s effort in creating the space with boundless possibilities for youths and fostering purpose-driven communities of artists to experiment, create, and redefine creative boundaries,” said Ivy Lim, Executive Director of *SCAPE.

A “Disruption” in Artistic Expression

comma refreshes the eclectic canvas of Singapore’s art scene by highlighting the fresh perspectives of local youth at the crossroads of contemporary arts. The exhibitions and performances delve into the creative minds of young artists, revealing the unique interpretations of their place in the world today.

Audiences can anticipate an array of diverse art forms that echo the voices of youth culture, sparks conversations, and reflect the realities of our times through the vibrant lens of youth. Highlights include:

  • comma’s Music Day Out! celebrates independent music and its DIY ethos – presenting an electrifying showcase of artists from the ground up. Its upcoming 2024 edition features a cutting-edge lineup of Singaporean artists that includes all-girl hardcore trailblazers Fuse, shoegaze heroes Blush, math-pop stalwarts Woes, and many more. The region’s best-kept secrets will also be joining them, with exhilarating sets from Leipzig (Indonesia), No Good (Malaysia), and Gabba (Philippines). Tickets are on sale from Dec 4, 2023 at https://bit.ly/MDO2024 .
  • Music Day Out! not only showcases live performances but also emphasises industry growth through informative sharing sessions. These sessions will focus on critical topics such as touring strategies and artiste best practices. Additionally, with increased regional participation this year, there will be a closed-door networking event aimed at fostering cross-border collaborations. Further details on these sessions will be announced shortly.
  • Vibrant exhibition spaces at *SCAPE Playspace will be dedicated for comma’s youth creatives. Each space is set to showcase a variety of innovative and disruptive youth expressions, spanning game design, entrepreneurship, and the energetic dance form krumping.
  • Local visual artist Jamela Law’s Scars, Skins and Styles: Physical Transfigurations promises a unique and immersive experience, one that pushes the envelope with digital and virtual technologies that meld themes of fashion, mental health, identity, and personal evolution.
  • Experimentation Ground is a showcase in which art refuses to be categorised. Audiences at The Ground Theatre during the second week will be treated to two transformative works that daringly blend disciplines to redefine the essence of performance. Afiszan Amat’s Tapping merges everyday digital actions with performance, prompting reflection on technology’s impact on daily lives. Hee Suhui’s Ill Behaviour mixes sound art, performance art and physical storytelling, offering a raw, humorous take on personal and collective experiences.
  • Dance enthusiasts are invited to dive into the rhythm and partake in a series of interactive dance events. At HOMEGROUND, dance studios, communities and crews converge to showcase and celebrate their passion and prowess, elevating street dance to new heights. The *SCAPE Dance Residency highlights contemporary dance work from four emerging local choreographers that will also be featured in Singapore Arts Week 2024. Additionally, the Street Dance Intensives Masterclasses will allow participants to be mentored by renowned dancers such as Sue from Chibi Unity (Japan) and Tank Bautista (Philippines).
  • Other notable acts include Golden Mammoth from Malaysia, Woes, Naedr, Bellied Star, Intermission, Regina Song, and Impulse – the ITE Battle of the Bands Winner.

Apart from Music Day Out! and Street Dance Masterclasses, all other programmes at comma are free-to-enjoy.



comma festival goers this year can also look forward to indulging in a variety of food options at the festival village held at the *SCAPE Playspace. Other activities include young entrepreneurs/crafters in thrift fashion, handmade jewellery, and zine-making.

Held in the Somerset Belt, comma aligns with the precinct’s mission to engage and empower youth. Leveraging Somerset’s vibrant spaces at *SCAPE and Somerset Youth Park, this festival empowers young creators to meet, collaborate, and showcase their work by turning these spaces into active hubs of youth-led art, innovation, and expression.


comma is organised by *SCAPE, an organisation that supports the development of Singaporean youth, by empowering them to realise their potential. To find out more or to register for comma, please visit https://www.scape.sg/comma/


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