The News: Issue 50

Published on 29 August 2016

TEXT BY Pamela Ho

Write Moves

New series premieres at this year’s Singapore Writers Festival.

The 19th edition of the Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) returns from 4 to 13 November and will feature a stellar line-up of international writers. Among them, award-winning British author of Chocolat Joanne Harris, and acclaimed Indonesian author, Eka Kurniawan, whose novel Beauty Is a Wound was included in the list of 100 Notable Books of 2015 by The New York Times, and Man Tiger longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.


A first this year: the SWF Classroom Series, which presents talks and panel discussions featuring international and local authors and speakers — the likes of former CNN foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Atia Abawi, and The Nerdwriter, Evan Puschak, who helms a popular YouTube series. Topics covered range from pop culture to terrorism and the US presidential elections.


The SWF Festival Pass (S$20) not only gives you access to over 100 festival events, you’ll also enjoy 20 per cent off all ticketed SWF events (priced up to S$60). Purchase your Pass before 5 September and enjoy an early-bird discount of 20 per cent.


For details and updates, visit and


Icons of Singapore music honoured.

The ICON Series — an initiative by the Sing50 Fund (managed by The RICE Company) — is a new platform that pays tribute to Singaporean musicians who have made a lasting impact on our cultural scene, and shares their music and legacy with the youth and community. Kicking off the series is singer-songwriter-composer Dick Lee. In a career that spans over 40 years, this 2005 Cultural Medallion recipient is a pioneer and champion of infusing Asian elements into pop music to create a distinctly Singaporean flavour. As part of The ICON Series, Lee staged his 60th birthday concert Singapop! last month at The Star Theatre Performing Arts Centre, and shared his musical journey with music students at the School of the Arts Singapore. The Series will feature a new Singapore music icon every year.


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Another Singaporean musician inks deal with major label. 

Singer-songwriter Charlie Lim is the latest artist to be picked up by Universal Music Singapore — the major label signed on Gentle Bones last year. Lim, who has been releasing his music under independent label House of Riot, is said to have inked a contract that entails “recording and publishing rights, live shows, endorsements, merchandise and co-management with his current team from House of Riot”. His next album, to be released under Universal Music, is scheduled for release in mid-2017.


To find out more about Lim’s music, visit

EZ on the Eye

EZ-Link cards designed by Noise Singapore artists a sell-out hit.

In celebration of Singapore’s National Day 2016, three artists — Lee Xin Li, MaryAnn Loo, and oodon — from youth arts platform Noise Singapore had their artworks featured on EZ-Link cards, thanks to a new collaboration between the National Arts Council and EZ-Link Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest issuer of CEPAS-compliant cards. The limited-edition exclusively packaged collectible sets (S$18) have been sold out on the online sales portal, but individual cards will be made available at $12 (with $7 load value) at TransitLink ticket offices, only while stocks last!


A list of TransitLink ticket offices can be found at

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