Spring Celebrations @SMRT Xchanges
Every year since 2003, SMRT has collaborated with the Life Art Society to bring festive cheer to commuters and shoppers during the Lunar New Year season. Artists from the Life Art Society showcase their skills by conducting Chinese calligraphy and paintings demonstrations while a Chinese orchestra entertains the crowd.
Held at different SMRT Xchanges each year, the annual event has become a celebrated part of the local arts calendar
Tales on SMRT Trains
As part of SMRT’s efforts to nurture a love for the literary arts among children, we hold story-telling sessions on board our trains. These are usually held during the September school holidays for children between the ages ofthree and twelve. Professional storytellers enthrall kids with fairy tales, puppets and costumes to themes such as courtesy, safety, being green and poetry.
Local poet Grace Chua, with her poem; Letter From Home
Moving Words is part of SMRT’s efforts to promote local artistes while bringing the arts closer to our commuters. Presented by SMRT and National Arts Council and organised by The Literary Centre (TLC), the works of local poets were produced in four official languages and put on display at SMRT trains and stations.
The 12 poems were shortlisted from about 2,000 entries for the Moving Words Poetry Competition which was open to all Singapore citizens and permanent residents. The public voted for their favourite entry and ‘Picture Perfect’ by Loh Guan Liang was pronounced the winner at the Singapore Writers Festival 2011.Over 100 entries were selected to be featured in Moving Words 2011: A Poetry Anthology.
The 12 featured poets and poems were:
- Gilbert Koh -- Palmistry
- Teng Qian Xi -- The End of Every Field
- Grace Chua -- Letter from Home
- Gwee Li Sui -- Propitiations
- Liang Yue -- To the Bronze Statue of Raffles
- Chia Hwee Pheng aka Xi Ni Er -- The Degenerate South
- Liang Wern Fook -- Island
- Wong Yoon Wah -- The Wounded River
- Rasiah Halil -- Lonely Souls
- Johar Buang -- Stage
- Kanagalatha -- Karangkuni
- KTM Iqbal -- A Pilgrimage by Foot
Art In Transit Circle Line Walking Tour
Members of the public can now learn more about the artworks on the Circle Line with the Art in Transit Walking Tour.
During the two-hour tour,participants will be introduced to the artpieces installed inseven Circle Line stations -Paya Lebar, Dakota, Mountbatten, Stadium, Nicoll Highway, Promenade and Esplanade. Through the tour, visitors get an in-depth understanding of the artpieces, the history of the neighbourhood, plus stories of how various considerations influenced the design of the station.
The tour is conducted by Art Outreach, a nonprofit organisation that aims to promote art appreciation among school children,
Tickets cost $10 per adult (13-59 years old), $5 per child (6-12 years old) and $8 per senior citizen (60 years old and above). All proceeds from the tour go towards supporting Art Outreach.
For enquiries or to sign up for the Art in Transit Walking Tour, please contact Art Outreach at 6873 9505 or