The News: Issue 52

Published on 27 September 2016

TEXT BY Pamela Ho

Absolutely Fab!

New creative café opens at ArtScience Museum.

Planning a visit to the ArtScience Museum? Don’t forget to check out their new café located at the foyer entrance. Opened on 12 September, the FabCafe Singapore serves up a fine cup of coffee and handcrafted food with a delightful blend of art, creativity and technology. Why not sample their laser-cut macarons or experiment with 3D printing whilst nursing your cuppa?


First launched in Tokyo, FabCafe has since expanded to Barcelona, Bangkok and Taipei before arriving in Singapore. To draw creatives and the maker community, the café — together with the ArtScience Museum — will be programming interesting lectures, workshops and informal meet-ups at the new space. But really, it welcomes everyone in need of a caffeine fix!


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Pangdemonium’s 2017 Season Ticket goes on sale!

Get ready to whip out your wallets because Pangdemonium’s 2017 Season Ticket is available for purchase. The brand-new season spotlights three delightfully diverse productions: The Pillowman, a hair-raising black comedy/psychological thriller; the Tony Award-winning musical, Fun Home; and Pangdemonium’s first original production, Tango, by Singaporean playwright Joel Tan.


The 2017 Season Ticket bundles all three performances into one subscription. In addition to enjoying over 25 per cent in savings, you get priority booking before shows go on sale to the public, flexibility of changing your booking, and more. Grab your tickets from Sistic before 7 January 2017.

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LASALLE launches new postgraduate programme in creative writing.

Southeast Asia’s first taught master’s in creative writing programme will take in its first batch of postgraduate students at LASALLE College of the Arts in January 2017. This one-and-a-half-year programme is conducted over three semesters and will cover fiction, poetry, dramatic writing, and creative non-fiction. Also required, a full-length creative writing thesis in a genre of your choice. The latest addition to LASALLE’s postgraduate offerings, this MA Creative Writing is validated by LASALLE’s partner institution, Goldsmiths, University of London. Registration closes on 15 October.

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Utterly Moving

Short stories by Singaporean writers made into a feature film.

Four short stories written by Singaporean authors in their native languages have been adapted into a film for Utter 2016, an initiative by the Singapore Writers Festival to adapt Singaporean literature into different mediums. The writers featured include Kanagalatha aka Latha (Tamil), Chia Hwee Pheng (Mandarin), Jeremy Tiang (English), and Siti Aisyah Binte Mohamed Salim (Malay).


In partnership with Sinema Media, this sixth edition of Utter presented One Hour to Daylight (NC16), a 75-minute social drama film loosely based on the 2011 ‘Curry Dispute’. Helmed by creative producer Nicholas Chee, the feature film — co-directed by Sufyan Sam’an, Jacky Lee, Jonathan Choo, and D Vel Murugan; with screenplay edited by head writer Tan Wei Ting — enjoyed public screenings on 20 and 25 September at Golden Village Suntec City.

One Hour to Daylight will be screened on 4 November as part of the Singapore Writers Festival. See for updates.

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