A-PART is SMU’s first-ever online arts festival, organised as part of the university’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Conceived during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the midst of our nation’s Circuit Breaker, A-PART is a creative response to our shared experiences told through 8 original works to uplift the morale of a global stay-home audience. Audiences can also participate by submitting their art inspired by our productions to our website at PLAY A-PART. Visit smu.sg/artsfest from 2-30 Oct to enjoy all these free! SMU Arts Festival is a supporter of the SMU Resilience Fund, which financially assists SMU students impacted by COVID-19.
The festival features 8 individual online productions:
SMU Samba Masala, SMU’s Afro-Brazilian percussion group produces rhythms on pop tunes using household items and body percussion.
SMU Eurhythmix, SMU’s hip-hop dance club, choreographs 8 hip hop dance items as a satirical take on lockdown trends such as panic-buying, social-distancing, hand-washing and home-based learning.
SMU Symphonia, SMU’s wind band and strings ensemble, presents an allegorical digital picturebook of “Peter and the Wolf”, deconstructed to draw parallels to the pandemic.
SMUSAIC, SMU’s photography club, exhibits a virtual photo gallery of students and alumni who have shaped SMU’s arts scene, which in turn shaped their arts paths.
The music of SMU Guitarissimo and SMU Chamber Choir are showcased in 2 digital projects where music waves inform visual arts. Featuring artwork by Race Krehel (Supercybertown) and SMU Artdicted.
SMU Literati (SMU’s literary arts club) and SMU INDANCITY (SMU’s contemporary dance club) trace the emotions of lockdown through poems and contemporary dance.
SMU Chinese Orchestra presents a 4-part short documentary about the making of a performance during COVID-19. This programme is a proud recipient of Central Singapore CDC’s Do-Good Grant @ Singapore Management University.
SMU StageIT, SMU’s drama club, will put up a choose-your-option theatre experience on Zoom exploring the theme of privilege, a topic of discussion during COVID-19.