The News

Published on 13 April 2015


Landscape in Progress

Esplanade’s forecourt gets a garden-themed face-lift.

The Forecourt at Esplanade — Theatres on the Bay is underdoing a revamp from now till 31 July. On completion, the open space will be transformed into a garden landscape with more shade, seating and water features to engage children and families. These enhancements are part of the Esplanade’s ongoing plans to offer a more holistic experience for visitors, as well as the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s vision to create a safe and walkable park environment for visitors around Singapore’s Civic and Cultural District by the Bay.

A Novel Prize

Epigram Books announces Singapore’s richest literary prize.

In support of Singapore fiction and in search of the next big Singapore novel, local publisher Epigram Books is awarding $20,000 for your unpublished manuscript in English — if it wins. This is the richest Singapore literary prize to date. In comparison, the biennial Singapore Literature Prize, organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore, is $10,000. The Epigram Books Fiction Prize is open to all Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, as well as Singapore-born writers residing abroad. Deadline: 31 August 2015.

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Film Escapades

See more of Europe and Southeast Asia at these film festivals. 

Don’t have the time or money to travel the world? Do the next best thing: discover foreign lands through films. Upcoming are two film festivals that provide perspectives on the cultural and contemporary issues of Southeast Asia, as well as countries in the European Union. If you’re a film buff or a couch traveller at heart, don’t miss the Southeast Asian Film Festival 2015, on at SAM at 8Q’s Moving Image Gallery from now till 3 May; the European Union Film Festival 2015 takes place at GV Suntec City from 13-24 May.

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Catch French thriller The Connection at the European Union Film Festival.
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