The News Issue 35

Published on 1 February 2016


Under One Roof

A new independent space for creative industries opens in the heart of the city.

A creative hub spanning 919 square metres has sprung up in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District. Called ‘The Pavilion @ Far East Square, a Trading Post for Creative Industries’, this initiative by non-profit creative enterprise The RICE Company Limited (TRCL) sees an existing two-storey cultural pavilion in Far East Square transformed into an open co-sharing office concept on the second level, and an exhibition and performance space on the first level. “It will be an incubation space for creative start-ups and creative enterprises, where entrepreneurs can nurture their ideas and showcase them to potential investors. The Pavilion allows for such an eco-system within one integrated space,” says TRCL’s CEO Colin Goh, who is a former CEO of The Arts House.

For collaboration opportunities, contact [email protected] or 6323-0387. For venue hire and co-working spaces, contact [email protected] or 6323-0388.

Passing the Baton

The youth wing of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra appoints new music director. 

Quek Ling Kiong, resident conductor of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) and conductor of the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra (SYCO), assumed his new role as SYCO’s music director as of 1 January. A recipient of the National Arts Council (NAC)’s Young Artist Award and the NAC Cultural Fellowship, Quek will be responsible for providing long-term artistic leadership, overseeing the training and artistic development of the young musicians, aged 11 to 26, while continuing to conduct the orchestra at its concerts.

To find out more, visit

Creative Imagination

Open call for submissions for an anthology of experimental anti-realist fiction. 

Singapore publisher Ethos Books is looking for fresh prose fiction that celebrates the re-invention of reality, “navigates the straits between subjectivity and meta-narrative, charts imaginative trajectories, and disarranges linear time and memory” for its soon-to-be-published anthology of experimental fiction, This Is How You Walk on the Moon. The deadline is 1 March. Send your submissions (up to 5,000 words in length) as MS Word Documents to [email protected].

For full details on submission guidelines, visit

Scroll Up