Photo credit: HOWIE KIM

AliWALL Festival 2022 to feature artists like Howie Kim and RSCLS

A weekend of participative art experiences.

Amanda Tan

Skills include buying the same jeans in different colours.

Published: 13 January 2022, 12:52 PM

With Singapore Art Week just around the corner, here’s another artsy event you can add to your calendar.

Over at Aliwal Arts Centre, AliWALL Festival 2022 will be happening for one weekend only, from Jan 21 to Jan 23.

Under the theme “The Dreamer”, artists like Howie Kim and RSCLS will showcase their works through physical and metaphorical means, to unite artists and audiences closer to collectively consider what urban living is, now and for the future.

Here are some festival highlights:

Reality in Construction

A participative outdoor mural, Reality in Construction is a narrative-driven mural inspired by urban living.


See the final product on the large wall on the right side of the Aliwal Arts Centre building. PHOTO CREDIT: ALIWAL ARTS CENTRE


Painted by Spaz and TraseOne from RSCLS and Has.J, Kristal Melson and Slacsatu, the artists have visualised our inner and outer world realities in multiple and unique styles, to offer visitors a tighter grasp on our current times.

Festival-goers will also be invited to contribute to a designated section of the mural, under the artists’ supervision.

Permission to Dream

An indoor immersive audio-visual experience featuring fantasy-filled digital art, performance, set design and sound.


Head on down to Aliwal Arts Centre’s Music Studio and be ready to dream unbound. IMAGE CREDIT: HOWIE KIM


This dreamy production is a collaboration between visual artist Howie Kim, stage designer Akbar Syadiq, plus up and coming performers in a series of improvisational roving performances –– all set against a soundtrack by acclaimed Japanese musician Takashi Kokubo.

The Courtyard

This larger-than-life inflatable sculpture will blur the lines between contrasting worlds of reality and fantasy by offering stranger-than-fiction encounters.


Done by artist Howie Kim, the sculpture will spill from the indoor spaces into the courtyard. IMAGE CREDIT: HOWIE KIM


Accompanying this is an augmented reality filter that can be activated through any smartphone device. Colourful and unexpected, this transformation of the Courtyard invites selfies and space to mull over new imaginations.

Exclusively on Jan 22, The Courtyard will also house Saturday’s Plan, an urban art market presented in collaboration with North East Social Club, a counterculture network of creatives. 

There will be live tattoo sessions as well as booths for you to pick up prints, zines and stickers.


If your idea of graffiti art is simply about an artist with a spray can, think again!


The tour will be conducted in English, with interpretation in Singapore Sign Language (SgSL). PHOTO CREDIT: ALIWAL ARTS CENTRE


Experience Kampong Gelam through the stories and anecdotes by RSCLS and other artists in this alternative walking tour that documents the changing landscape of graffiti art and murals in the area.

Listen to a de-facto parallel history of the neighbourhood as told by artists, and see recently completed works such as Southeast Asia’s first graffiti Hall of Fame which was unveiled in April 2021.

Admission to the festival is free but pre-registration is required.

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