Local acts team up to save cafe at Duxton Road

23 December 2012 / 3 years 10 months ago

Source: The New PaperWhen news broke that local book cafe and arts space The Pigeonhole was facing funding issues earlier this month, people stepped up to help.So far, more than 90 contributors have donated from $3 to over $300 via international crowdfunding portal Indiegogo to show their support.The cafe at Duxton Road is looking to get about $15,800, of which almost $6,400 has been raised. Now, local acts also want to do their part.Homegrown artists such as Anechois, These Brittle Bones, Muon and Pleasantry will be playing at a benefit gig hosted by The Pigeonhole this Friday to raise funds.There will also be literary readings as well as art for sale on the event day.The Pigeonhole is popular with budding entertainers because it supports the local music and arts scene.Other than talks and exhibitions, it hosts Open Mic sessions from time to time, giving musicians the chance to showcase their material.Mr Justin Koh, 24, of post-progressive rock band Anechois, said: "I hope to see people go there and see for themselves the kind of culture it promotes. Basically, appreciate it and keep it going."The guitarist recalled the time his band played at the venue: "There was a receptive crowd and a supportive atmosphere for the performers as well as customers."Mr Koh stressed the importance of venues like ThePigeonhole for musicians like himself."It is a meeting place where connections and collaborations are formed, where we get to meet like-minded people who are interested in music and the arts as well," he said."It's one of few places like that. It allows new performers to get valuable feedback," he added.For Mr Adel Rashid, 22, of indie quintet Pleasantry, it's about returning the favour."We should help local businesses, especially those that support local music," he said.To him, the best part about The Pigeonhole - on top of its "great coffee" - is its non-exclusivity."Its doors are open to all. All kinds of music are welcome," he said."I hope to see many people go down to show support for The Pigeonhole."The cafe was set up in March last year by Ms Ave Chan and Mr Rayner Lim, its owners.It is due to move out of its 52/53, Duxton Road premises on Dec 29 due to rental issues.The cafe's blogsite has a link to a trackable donation page on Indiegogo.The amount raised will go towards paying off the cafe's outstanding rent and other bills. It will also help with setting up in a new location to "carry on with (its) work with the arts and civil society".The online fundraising campaign ends on Dec 27.

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