26shares Singapore’s Gateway Theatre, a 9-storey creative arts space in Bukit Merah, will celebrate its official opening from the weekend of 7 July through to 9 July 2017. The festival brings together local artists in order to showcase their creative talents and seeks to inspire and capture the public’s imagination through various forms of art. The Opening Festival has a line-up of fun and engaging performances and activities in the building’s various creative arts spaces that promises an exciting weekend for everyone. Highlights over the festival weekend include theatrical performances Hansel and Gretel by Players Theatre and Attack of the Swordfish by Act 3 Theatrics. Enjoy a stand-up comedy set by husband and wife pair Rishi and Sharul that is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone. Head over to the Black Box where you can witness the nostalgia and beauty of a dance performance titled ‘As it Fades’ by T.H.E Dance Company. Singapore based jazz, neo-vintage band, The Steve McQueens will rock out funky tunes at the Sky Garden. Several dance workshops and a puppet-making workshop have also been specially arranged for kids over the weekend. A photography exhibition by photo-journalist Jorg Sundermann will be on display at the Vertical Gallery throughout the festival. In addition, popular local films such as Army Daze, Long Long Time Ago and the award-winning Ilo Ilo will be exclusively showcased at Gateway’s Black Box. Samantha Scott-Blackhall, Artistic Director for Gateway Theatre’s Opening Festival explained, “Gateway Theatre hopes to cater to artists who are in need of a working and presentation space. The Theatre intends to be a creative work space that will attract and inspire artists, as well as new and seasoned audiences. We want to encourage artists to explore their creativity, and allow the public to explore their imagination.” Designed by architectural firm Ong & Ong, the building’s exterior boasts a sleek and modern architectural design. When you begin to explore the interior you discover many little garden spaces that contribute towards the architects overall idea to make this building a “green” space. “These garden spaces were designed to allow “relief” spaces where one can sit and think, contemplate or create. It also provides a more enlarged impression of space. Another key feature of the building is its maze-like quality leading you to the various arts spaces. Like Alice in Wonderland, the space becomes a place of discovery and surprise. The corridors lead you to a network of unconventional art spaces everywhere you turn.” said Samantha. – Win Tickets to Hansel & Gretel at Gateway Theatre – Let the crtically acclaimed Players Theatre and Players Workshop take you by the hand and lead you down the deep forest path in our tale of Hansel & Gretel. This deliciously dark, delightfully enchanting re-telling of the Grimm Brothers classic is sure to draw you in with its yummy visuals and enticing storyline. Lost and alone in the eerie forest, the clever but impractical Hansel, and the resourceful and inventive Gretel, want to find their way home. But their trail of breadcrumbs is nowhere to be found, and nothing is as it seems. The children learn that they can’t judge a candy by its wrapper when they discover the sweetest of houses hiding the wickedest of witches. Hansel & Gretel have to work together to escape the sticky sweet grasp of the witch. Will they ever find their way home? This tale of wit and wonder, tempting delights and twisted shadows, is sure to satisfy the entire family. With that in mind, we’re giving away 4 tickets to one winner to share the occasion with family. All you have to do, is complete these small social actions. 1. ‘Like’ the justsaying.ASIA FB page if you haven’t already done so; 2. ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ the Facebook post 3. ‘Tag’ a family member/friend you’d like to go to ‘Hansel & Gretel’ with. Contest closes 4 July 2017. Winners will be contacted via Facebook. This contest is only open to residents of Singapore.