The News Issue 21

Published on 21 July 2015

TEXT BY PAMELA HO

Stars come out to Shine

YouTube stars were the big draw at this year’s SHINE Festival.

SHINE, the three-day youth festival organised by the National Youth Council, drew a pumped-up crowd to Orchard Road earlier this month, where American YouTube sensations like Ryan Higa, David Choi and JROD Twins shared the stage with a strong line-up of homegrown talents, including Charlie Lim, ShiGGa Shay and Narelle Kheng.

The 10-12 July weekend saw a bunch of fun activities taking place, from video painting and photography remix to freestyle football and parkour. A stretch of Orchard Road was also closed on Saturday night for al fresco dining with bites from food trucks!

The SHINE Festival is an annual event that showcases and promotes young talents (including many from the National Arts Council’s NOISE initiative), and this year’s theme of ‘Build Your World’ encouraged youths to forge partnerships as they pursue their aspirations.

A Novel Experience

Call for volunteers for Singapore Writers Festival 2015.   

Want to rub shoulders with renowned writers and thought leaders or get an insight into how a literary festival is run? Here’s your chance. The Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) 2015, on from 30 October to 8 November, is looking for volunteers. If you love the written word and want to gain new experiences, sign up as a SWF volunteer at this link. Applications close 31 August. Also check out their upcoming SWF POP events at their website.

Brisbane Bound

Travelling showcase brings Singapore arts Down Under. 

The Brisbane Festival, a major international arts festival, takes place this year from 5-26 September with a special Singapore Series that commemorates our nation’s 50 years of independence. This also marks the start of the Festival’s three-year cooperation programme with CultureLink Singapore.

Flying the flag for Singapore arts are W!ld Rice and The Necessary Stage for theatre; musicians Charlie Lim (right), Margaret Leng Tan and the T’ang Quartet; and film-makers like Royston Tan, Eric Khoo, Tan Pin Pin and Kan Lume, whose works are included in the Australian premiere of Singapore Unbound — A Singapore Cinema Showcase, a series of screenings of post-independence Singapore films.

Find out more here.

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