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Silver Arts 2019

Fri Sep 6 @ 8:00 am - Mon Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm

Silver Arts is an annual festival dedicated to celebrating seniors and creative ageing in the arts. It captures personal stories of seniors through music and dance performances, exhibitions, films and workshops as they connect meaningfully with their peers and across generations.

Into its eighth edition, this year’s festival features more than 30 programmes that take place island-wide from 5 to 29 September 2019. Close to 270 artists and arts groups are involved in the line-up of diverse and accessible arts programmes in English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and Chinese dialects, exploring themes that relate to audiences across different communities. Don’t miss it, and do bring the kids so they can learn to appreciate silver arts too!

Here’s how:

Silver Arts 2019 will also be introducing a new Date Your Grandparents campaign passport. Families and friends are encouraged to attend together, and participate in the various festival programmes to collect stamps which can be redeemed for unique collectibles.

Three highlight programmes

  • Siong Leng Musical Association’s An Evening of Nanyin Jazz (南爵士夜) merges Nanyin music with jazz and pop and will resonate with audiences both young and old through contemporary renditions of classic tunes such as Unforgettable Love (不了情) and The Evening Primrose (夜来香).
  • Fans of romantic duets from classic and modern Malay films can look forward to Soulful Silver Screen Melodies (Sukma Irama Layar Perak), a Malay music concert headlined by singers such as Dato’ Yusni Hamid (Malaysia), Rudy Djoharnaen and Eddy Ali. As a throwback to films from yesteryears, audiences will enjoy songs that transcend the times.

  • The Philharmonic Youth Winds will join hands with veteran local jazz singer Robert Fernando and two seniors picked from an audition, to present Those Were The Days, at an intergenerational concert that will appeal to families.

Two special short film commissions

Two short films Family Affairs and A Dream I Did Not Dream premiere this year, covering themes of family, relationships and reconciliation.

  • Family Affairs is a Cantonese and Chinese film directed by acclaimed writer, producer and director Chai Yee-Wei in collaboration with a xinyao veteran and Chinese studies scholar Dr Liang Wern Foo.
  • A Dream I Did Not Dream is a film about the rejuvenating power of time by award-winning director K. Rajagopal in collaboration with Dr Uma Rajan.

These two commissions are part of the Silver Films programme – a series of five short films and five feature films from Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Japan, and Taiwan.

Arts on the Move

These programmes take place throughout the festival and are free for seniors and their loved ones to take part in. This includes a walking trail through the Civic District, the distinctive arts and culture precinct, an intergenerational photography workshop and performances at the NLB Plaza.


Tickets for the following Silver Arts highlight programmes are available via and Sistic ticketing counters: $12 for standard ticket and $8 for concession ticket (aged 60 and above)

  • An Evening of Nanyin Jazz
  • Sukma Irama Layar Perak (Soulful Silver Screen Melodies)
  • Those Were The Days

Tickets for Silver Films (Shorts and Features) will be available via and Cathay Cineplexes ticketing counters*: $6 for standard ticket and $3 for concession ticket* (aged 55 and above)


Download the Silver Arts Festival Programme here


Friday, 6 September 2019
Monday, 30 September 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Various locations around Singapore


National Arts Council
6346 9400