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Art performances to catch at Neon Lights 2016

Written by
Rebecca Liew

We check out what's going down at the five 'art zones' of Neon Lights

Slam poetry and nunchucks. Zentai dancers and digital mapping installations. Drag queens and magic shows. It’s about to get rollicking at Neon Lights, thanks to more than 150 artists who’re taking their turns in the spotlight at the two-day music and arts festival. Here’s what to check out between the music.

1) The Rocking Horse

Lovers of the written word, unite – The Rocking Horse turns prose and poetry into reality. Catch Ng Yi-Sheng in a performance of his most offbeat works; National Poetry slam champ Shivram Gopinath brandishing nunchucks as she dances in the rain; and the one-woman poetry show that is Deborah Emmanuel.

2) Club Minky

A kaleidoscopic world of flamboyance rocks to life in Club Minky – starting with Brit darlings Bourgeois and Maurice, who mark their Singapore debut with their take on current affairs and catchy showtunes. Then let The Rusty Nails Sideshow whisk you away with a thrilling Houdini-like performance. And what’s a show without our very own Becca D’Bus? The drag queen makes her return in AlterCation!, a revue fit for royalty.

3) Easy Street

Locate the secret alleyway and follow the path – that’s where street culture thrives, with live graffiti sessions by the likes of ANTZ, ROAK and SPAZ alongside breakdancing battles. Also treat your ears to the sounds of local beatboxer Dharni and vocalist K-leah, as well as a reggae set by Dancehall Nation.

4) The Nest

Let the little ones get their hands busy creating superheroes and costumes in a workshop led by the Busybodies (Nov 26). Day Two presents yet more fun: kids can craft flyers and ’zines in the Cut and Paste Mayhem Workshop, then wind down with the sounds of percussion ensemble Nadi Singapura.

Neon Lights is at Fort Canning Park on Nov 26 & 27. 

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