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How can art help us experience cities differently?

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15 February 2024

Episode 644

29 minutes

We look at the power of arts in our urban environment, from a lights festival in Singapore that connects people with the city-state’s public spaces, to a former train yard in Lausanne that has been transformed into a new arts neighbourhood. Plus: art fairs using neglected buildings and the role of temporary installations.

15 February 2024

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Singapore: Light to Night

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The annual festival brings artworks, live music and family activities into public spaces. The free event organised by National Gallery Singapore aims to foster a love of art by breaking down social, financial and physical barriers for people.

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Chapter 2

6 minutes


Photo: Art Fair Philippines

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Chapter 2

Art Fair Philippines

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Manila is gearing up to host Art Fair Philippines, which starts on Friday. Unlike most Asian art fairs, the event will take place in a multi-storey car park instead of in a convention hall.

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Art Fair Philippines

Chapter 3

8 minutes


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Chapter 3

Lausanne: Plateforme 10

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We visit the Swiss city of Lausanne, where a former train yard has been transformed into an emerging arts neighbourhood and new public square.

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Chapter 4

Burning Man: designing temporary structures

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Every year artists are invited to submit designs to Burning Man festival to create the final version of the event’s temporary landscape. We hear about one such proposal by design firm Dialog.

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