The News Issue 30

Published on 22 November 2015


Write On!

Singapore’s most prestigious literary prize is now open for submissions. 

The Singapore Literature Prize (SLP) is the most prestigious literary award in Singapore. Given out biennially by the National Book Development Council of Singapore, it covers three genres — Fiction, Poetry and Non-Fiction — in all four national languages, for a total of 12 prizes. Winners walk away with S$10,000 in cash and opportunities to promote their work, both islandwide and abroad. The submission period for SLP 2016 is officially opened! Closing date: 8 January 2016, 5pm.

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Learning Fund

Full scholarship available for Intercultural theatre studies.

Interested in intercultural theatre studies but not sure if you can afford the fees? The good news is that the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) will be awarding a new ITI-William Teo Scholarship for the 2016 academic year onwards. Honouring the late Teo (founder of theatre group Asia-in-Theatre Research Centre), the scholarship covers full tuition fees for a school year (S$18,000) and is open to new and currently enrolled Singaporean and Permanent Resident students. In addition, ITI will set aside S$57,600 annually to offer up to four scholarships, covering 80 per cent of tuition fees, for selected students. Closing date: 30 November.

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SOMthing to Celebrate!

Together with Singapore, a Cultural Medallion recipient celebrates
50 years of dance.

As Singapore celebrates SG50, Mdm Som Said — Cultural Medallion recipient and founder of Sri Warisan, a Malay performing arts group — also celebrates 50 years of dance this year. On 6 November, a tribute showcase and photo exhibition entitled SOM50 was held in her honour at the Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel. The celebration, which traced her remarkable achievements over the last five decades, was attended by esteemed guests such as Pak Tom Ibnur (choreographer/arts advisor) and Dr Francis Yeoh, founder and artistic director of the National Dance Company in the 1970s.

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