Engaging in the Arts: SYFgoesOnline! & SYFArt Exhibition 2021

Published Date: 28 June 2021 01:00 PM

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Due to the COVID-19 situation, this year's Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) celebrations will be held virtually. Students can look forward to engaging in the arts through SYFgoesOnline! activities and the virtual SYF Art Exhibition, which celebrates the vibrancy and resilience of our youths in the face of challenges.

SYFgoesOnline! 2021

2. Themed 'Celebrate the Arts in Schools', SYFgoesOnline! provides students with platforms to showcase their creativity and artistic talents across multiple disciplines in art, music, dance, and drama.

3. Since 21 May, students have been invited to participate in a range of online activities and projects offered on seven platforms (of which the first three are new this year) – '#helloSYF!', 'Let's Jam Together!', 'SYFplaysON!', 'Art Labs', 'DanceVerve 21', 'Pixel Perfect' and 'The Young Playwright Presents…'. Students can continue to participate in these activities and projects until 6 July. For more details on these platforms, please refer to Annex A.

4. From 3 July to 1 August, shortlisted submissions from each platform will be showcased on the SYF website and social media platforms. A special video celebrating the optimism of our youths will also be released on the SYF YouTube Channel on 1 August. This video will feature an original song titled "Be Happy" by Chong Yun Han, a Primary 6 student songwriter from Fairfield Methodist School (Primary), who composed the song as part of her participation in The Youth Station Project 2021. Through her song, Yun Han hopes to inspire others in these challenging times and encourage them to press on.

SYF Art Exhibition 2021

5. This year's SYF Art Exhibition celebrates the artist in every student and promotes appreciation for the arts. Themed 'Artist and Technology', the exhibition invited student artists to reflect on how technology has impacted their lives. Over 3,500 students submitted more than 500 artworks via a range of media as artistic and creative responses to the theme. Through their artworks, many students emphasised the importance of safe and responsible usage of technology. The SYF Art Exhibition will be showcased online via the SYF website from 3 July to 31 December.

6. This year also marks the first time that the exhibition is using immersive 360-degree virtual technology. Members of the public will be able to view over 260 selected artworks set against a digitalised backdrop of gallery spaces within National Gallery Singapore. This collaboration is an extension of the Ministry of Education's long-standing partnership with the Gallery in art education.

7. Minister for Education, Chan Chun Sing, will launch the celebrations on 3 July as the Guest-of-Honour of the virtual SYF opening event1. During the event, Minister Chan will be giving an opening address, touring the virtual Art Exhibition, as well as interacting with student artists and SYF Arts Presentation performers.

8. For more information on the SYF celebrations, please refer to Annex B or visit the following SYF digital platforms:

  1. The event is open to members of the public and can be viewed via the SYF website.

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