What’s a Buzzing: Week of May 30

Published on 30 May 2018

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Singaporean writer Karen Kwek shortlisted for Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018

Singaporean writer Karen Kwek has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her short story Night Fishing, about the delicate bond between a father and son. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English from Commonwealth countries. While the competiton is open to entries translated into English from any language, it is the only literary prize in the world where entries can be submitted in Bengali, Chinese, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Swahili, and Tamil. This year’s competition is judged by an international panel of writers, representing each of the five regions of the Commonwealth. The 2018 judges are Damon Galgut (Africa), Sunila Galappatti (Asia), Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (Canada and Europe) Mark McWatt (Caribbean) and Paula Morris (Pacific). Final results will be known later in the year.

For more information on the competition, click here.

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20/20: The Temasek Short Film Project kicks off 2nd season with release of four music videos produced by secondary school students

Singapore’s young aspiring musicians and directors will be the centre of attention at 20/20: The Temaek Short Film Project this year. The secondary school students provided their own rendition of Singaporean singer Jean Seizure’s song, We’ll Be Okay, which was made into four separate music videos, each produced using mobile equipment.

20/20: The Temasek Short Film Project is a short film series aimed at nurturing the next generation of Singaporean filmmakers. The project is commissioned by Temasek group and provides funding and mentorships for 20 aspiring filmmakers. This year’s project has also involved artistes from The Great Singapore Replay, a community project presented by the National Arts Council and Temasek, and sought to make modern-day renditions of popular songs from Singapore’s yesteryears.

The entire second season of 20/20 is themed around the near future of 2020, and launches May 29 on twenty20.temasek.com. This year’s project comprises of 14 short films, two animated short films and four music videos all produced by youth filmmakers, tertiary and secondary school students.

See what these young filmmakers think of the future here.

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Finalist art pieces for the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018 on display at the National Museum of Singapore

This triennial Signature Art Prize brings together the best of Asian contemporary art from emerging and established artists from all over Asia. Head down to the National Museum of Singapore to see the works of these finalists from 25 May to 2 September, 2018.

Those who visit the APB Signature Art Prize exhibition before 27 June will get a chance to vote for their favourite piece. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 29 June where a Grand Prize Winner, two Jurors’ Choice Award winners and a People’s Choice Award will be given out.

Check out the exhibition here.

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Hatch Art Project opens at Asia Square Tower 1

New café cum art gallery, Hatch Art Project, has opened at Asia Square Tower 1. They will be host their first exhibition, Deciphering Foods: You are what you eat, on the 4th of June. The exhibition will feature works by emerging artists from Asia Pacific region such as Deborah Loh aka Wondebra Loh (Singapore), Iqi Qoror (Indonesia), Jazel Kristin (Philippines), Nguyễn Văn Đủ (Vietnam), Shim Hyejung (Korea) and Yaya Sung (Indonesia).

More than just an exhibition about food, the exhibition aims to shed light on how the food we eat can also be a social identifier. It hopes to shed some light on social relationship through many social codes surrounding how we eat and what we eat. Deciphering Foods: You are what you eat will be on until the 3rd of August.

For more exhibition details, click here.

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