The News Issue 36

Published on 16 February 2016


Word Goes Public

Words Go Round returns with a record number of public programmes this year. 

The sixth edition of Words Go Round (WGR), the Singapore Writers Festival’s programme for students, teachers and the community, is back with over 50 talks and workshops targeted at schools and held within the first term of the academic year. But this year, the public can also look forward to a bumper crop of programmes ranging from storytelling sessions to film screenings and talks by international writers such as screenwriter/director Yann Samuell in Love Me If You Dare (The Projector, 12 March). Look out too, for American journalist Atia Abawi, a former foreign correspondent in Afghanistan, who shares her experiences in Wartime Cities: Writing Dangerous Truths (National Library, 12 March).

For more on WGR’s public programmes (5-12 March), visit

Exchange Mates

Commemorating 50 years of Japan-Singapore relations through the arts.

From 6 to 14 February, a showcase of Singapore contemporary art — from cutting-edge art installations to thought-provoking lectures — was presented at the renowned Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, Japan. Better known as TPAM, it is a meeting of Japanese and international arts professionals, content producers, buyers and audiences for the purpose of networking.

The National Arts Council, in partnership with the Japan Centre, Pacific Basin Arts Communication, presented the Singapore Focus programme, which was curated by dramaturg and producer Tang Fu Kuen, and introduced five emerging art-makers: Choy Ka Fai, Daniel Kok, Ho Rui An, Tara Transitory and The Observatory.

Hall of Fame

A comprehensive directory of Singapore’s visual artists officially launched. 

The Who’s Who of the Visual Arts scene in Singapore have been listed and profiled in a glossy printed publication entitled Singapore’s Visual Artists. Commissioned by the National Arts Council, it features close to 300 leading Singaporean artists who are currently practising or who have made an impact on the arts scene with their practice. It was launched by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Grace Fu, at the Singapore Art Museum’s 20th anniversary celebration on 22 January, and serves as both a comprehensive reference resource for the general public, as well as a profiling platform for our artists to reach out to overseas audiences. Copies can be accessed at public libraries, schools, museums and galleries.

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