Singapore Writers Festival 2016 kicks off this March with a series of year-round engagements to bring the literary arts closer to the public. In conjunction with this much anticipated event on the cultural calendar, Singapore Writers Festival will be introducing three upcoming events.
As part of its year-round engagements, Singapore Writers Festival presents SWF POP and Words Go Round. This March, three such events in the SWF POP and Words Go Round series will involve first-time collaborations with various partners across different art forms.
SWF POP 8: ILO ILO Under The Stars
On 5 March, at 7.30pm, ILO ILO will be screened at Empress Lawn, in front of the Victoria Concert Hall. ILO ILO is an award winning feature film by Director Anthony Chen which centres on the relationship between a Singaporean boy (Koh Jia Ler) and his Filipino maid (Angeli Bayani). Set amidst the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, ILO ILO closely examines the inseparable bond between these two characters even as the boy’s parents (portrayed by Chen Tianwen and Yeo Yann Yann) struggle to weather the crisis. ILO ILO’s accolades include the prestigous Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013, as well as Best Film, Best New Director and Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Horse Awards in that same year.
A teaser to SWF’s 2016 theme of Sayang – a Malay word with multiple layers of meaning, often used as a term of endearment, expressing effusive love and adoration, the movie ILO ILO is all about examining life’s riches and ambivalences. Come with your family and friends and enjoy a night of free movie screening, free pop-corn, candy floss and drinks. Participants can also get their hands on a complimentary limited edition Civic District picnic mat.
SWF POP 9: My Literary Heroes at Armenian Street Party
From 7.00pm to 8.00pm on 11 March, come on down to SMU Labs, Vanguard Building, and listen to your favourite local writers share stories of their literary heroes, and hear them read their works inspired by those heroes. Hear from the likes of Grace Chia, Ng Yi-Sheng and Clara Chow and learn about what inspires them. After the reading, hop on to the street and continue the night of revelry at the Armenian Street Party where there will be music performances and live drama accompanied by food and drink.
Words Go Round Public Programmes
From 5 -12 March, Words Go Round kicks off with a line-up of close to 60 Singaporean and international authors. This Singapore Writers Festival’s programme for students, teachers and the community will get to hear from international guests including Yann Samuell (France), Atia Abawi (US), Jan Latta (Australia) and local talent such as Marc Nair(Singapore), and KTM Iqbal (Singapore).
Inspired by the written word and beyond, the array of experiential programmes seeks to make literary arts accessible to all audiences. From graphic art and spoken-word performances to theatre and film screenings the diverse offerings will definitely have something for everyone. To find out more about the list of programmes available to the public, click here.
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