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Poetry Festival Singapore 2020

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Poetry Festival Singapore 2020 - 'Legacies and Creation'


Legacies enmesh the poet into an artistic chain that bridges the present to the past and the future. The poet creates art with the building blocks of traditions or legacies in order to imagine a new world. In doing so, a poet can inspire transformative actions.

Centered around the theme 'Legacies and Creation', Poetry Festival Singapore 2020 commemorates the variety of multilingual Singapore poetry through reinventions in a time of change.

Poetry Festival Singapore (e-Poetry Festival Singapore) 2020 is supported by National Arts Council's Presentation and Participation Grant.

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Bank Address: 148 Upper Bukit Timah Road #01-01 UOB Centre Singapore 588178
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(3) Purchase our ticketed events / published books via the links below:-
(a) BELONGING - BELONGING: A Film with Poetry & Music
(b) Yoga and Poetry II with Vicky Chong
(c) The Way to Post-Modernism with Libi Aaranya
(d) Love and Life at the Gallery book

(4) PayPal
If you are based overseas, this might be a better method. Our PayPal link is at http://paypal.me/paypfs.


Festival Events (by date)

BELONGING: A Film with Poetry and Music


EVENT DETAILS:
Online (video link is available throughout) from
Friday 28 August 2020, 7:00PM to Sunday, 6 September 11:59PM
E-Ticket: $15.00
(URL link will be sent to registered email of ticket-holders upon confirmation of payment.)
Purchase the link to the film here!

"Belonging" is a tale about women whose interconnectedness surpasses their separation from the diaspora of their own identity. Spanning various countries and continents, we follow different characters from Bangalore, London, Singapore and California witness their experience navigating a world where they question their very own belonging. Told from the cinematic and virtual lens, we hear their narratives through poetic words, songs, music and visual allegory capturing the true essence of grace, individuality and power.

From "Benches" to "Palindromes", "Belonging" marks the third creative piece that Giovanni Ortega developed with Singaporean artists and commissioned by Poetry Festival Singapore.

Developed and directed by Giovanni Ortega, and written and performed by Tanvi Kothary, Roshni Nagaria, Hersheeta Kaur Suri, and Shringi Diva Vikram.

Languages: English, Gujarati, Hindi, Prakrit, some Singlish
Subtitles: English
Duration: 35 - 40 minutes

Purchase the link to the film here!


Friday, 28 August 2020


6:00PM - 6:05PM│Welcome Address
6:05PM - 6:15PM│Speech by GOH NMP Mohamed Irshad
6:15PM - 6:40PM│Keynote with Q and A: "Legacies and Creation in the Age of a Pandemic" with Richard Berengarten
6:45PM - 6:55PM│A Tribute to Pioneer Poet Edwin Thumboo

Keynote: "Legacies and Creation in the Age of a Pandemic" with Richard Berengarten
28 August 2020│Friday
6:45PM - 6:55PM
English
Live-stream (Watch the programme on our Facebook page!)
Free

What is the role of poetry during a time of disease and death? To what extent are traditions rediscovered or disrupted? The speaker will interrogate the idea of creation in a study of contemporary Singapore poetry.
This keynote will be conducted by Richard Berengarten and co-ordinated by Tan Chee Lay.


A Tribute to Pioneer Poet Edwin Thumboo
28 August 2020│Friday
6:15PM - 6:40PM
English
Live-stream (Watch the programme on our Facebook page!)
Free

A reading on Opening Night with a performance of works by pioneer poet Edwin Thumboo, accompanied by Indian Singaporean dancer Banu Ponnarasu.

Saturday, 29 August 2020


9:30AM - 11:00AM│Chinese Keynote: "Poetry in an age of pandemic" with Lin Gao & "Into Time/ How to Flourish"
10:30AM - 12:30PM│Poetry Workshop: "The Way to Post-Modernism" with Libi Aaranya
10:30AM - 12:30PM│Poetry Seminar: "Seminar Legasi dan Penciptaan"
11:00AM - 12:30PM│Poetry on Video
12:30PM - 1:30PM│"On Poetic Scaffolding: a Thomistic Appropriation of Heidegger and the Greek Experience" with Dr. Jude Chua
1:30PM - 2:30PM│MOTHER: A South Asian Women's Poetry Reading
2:30PM - 3:30PM│The Changing State of Singapore Poetry
4:30PM - 5:30PM│National Poetry Competition 2020 Awards Ceremony
5:30PM - 6:30PM│Poetry Reading Programme: "Catharsis - Reading Our Stories in Verse"
8:30PM - 10:30PM│Multiverse: A poetry reading and workshop

Chinese Keynote: "Poetry in an age of pandemic" with Lin Gao & "Into Time/ How to Flourish"
29 August 2020│Saturday
9:30AM - 11:00AM
Chinese
Live-stream (Watch the programme on our Facebook page!)
Free

CHINESE KEYNOTE: POETRY IN AN AGE OF PANDEMIC
华文主题演讲:" 时光坠入/如何一朵花开 :花开是生命到了某个阶段,我用诗来告诉你,我与我的诗都在努力如何完成自己。 "
主讲人:林高 (新加坡文化奖得主)
主持/对谈:陈志锐(诗人学者)

INTO TIME / HOW TO FLOURISH
Flourishing is a life stage when I relate to you through poetry, when my poetry and I are both striving to fulfill ourselves.

With readings by regular participants of “Poetry in Pasoh” (a monthly Chinese poetry reading at Grassroots Bookshop). This event is in collaboration with Grassroots Bookshop and “Poetry in Pasoh".

诗歌朗诵、分享:钟韵宜,钟旨平,黄素怀,陈帅,马来艺术家马力.马兹兰 Malik Mazlan
协办:草根书室,《瓦罐有诗》

Poetry Workshop: "The Way to Post-Modernism" with Libi Aaranya
29 August 2020│Saturday
10:30AM - 12:30PM
Tamil
Online
$5.00.

Please click "GET TICKET" on the right and register for the event.
URL link will be emailed to you before the event starts.

Please download reading materials for the workshop here.

This is a workshop to explore the craft of poetry writing. Poet Libi Aaranya, a notable poet from Tamil Nadu, will conduct the workshop.

Poetry Seminar: "Seminar Legasi dan Penciptaan"
29 August 2020│Saturday
10:30AM - 12:30PM
Malay
Online
Free
Please click "GET TICKET" on the right and register for the event.
URL link will be emailed to you before the event starts.

This annual gathering aims to heighten the appreciation of Malay poetry through discursive engagement and spoken word performance, so that critical ideas complement creativity in the art of writing and articulating poetry. We come together for a meaningful vision, ideas and the imagination.

The seminar will be moderated by Sazali Sahri, and will feature panellists Liyana Nasyita Shukarman, Ahmad Ubaidillah Mohamed Khair and Nur Hikmah, with reading done by Nur Aisya Lyana and performance by Aqmal.

Poetry On Video
29 August 2020│Saturday
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Chinese
Online
Free

A panel discussion with poet or producers to discuss their works and poem - How they incorporated the poems into videos.
This event is hosted by Chow Teck Seng and Aw Seow Pooi, and features poets Yong Siu Quek, Kuan Sun, Chew Thean Phai, and Rachelle Lee Xin Yi.

"On Poetic Scaffolding: a Thomistic Appropriation of Heidegger and the Greek Experience" with Dr. Jude Chua
29 August 2020│Saturday
12:30PM - 1:00PM
English
Online
Free
Please click "GET TICKET" on the right and register for the event.
URL link will be emailed to you before the event starts.

NIE Professor Jude Chua relooks medieval scholasticism and Martin Heidegger in considering the sense of wonder from experiencing poetry. St Thomas Aquinas hints that our encounter with nature is accompanied by a kind of noble wonder (thaumazein), leading to consciousness raising. Martin Heidegger, late in his career, made this his core matter for thought. The early Greeks, Heidegger argued, were awed by nature (physis, also named Being), which comported them contemplatively, cradling the beginning of philosophy. Poetic works inspired by the Greek experience,
therefore, leave a trace of that Greek experience of wondrous Being-nature-physis, which Heidegger believes has often been forgotten. Such poetry, when encountered, would also function as a kind of evolutionary “scaffolding.”

This talk critically appropriates these Heideggerian themes to appreciate the scaffolding significance of poetic work inspired by nature.

The talk will be conducted by Dr Jude Chua and moderated by Ng Chiew Hong.

"MOTHER: An Asian Women's Poetry Reading"
29 August 2020│Saturday
1:30PM - 2:30PM
English
Live-streaming (Watch the programme on our Facebook page!)
Free

Poetry Festival Singapore brings to you “Asian Women’s Poetry Reading" by members of the Indian Women’s Association Singapore, and the social change organization ‘Sanrakshan Pte Ltd’.


Join them as they walk through cherished moments of their past and their longing for those caressing hands and steely yet soft gaze. Be a part of their joy and travails as they share through verse, legacies left behind by their near and dear ones.

This event is hosted by Shilpa Dikshit Thapliyal, and performed by Sylvia Kin, Tapasya Sureka, Preet Virdi, Jyoti Tiwari, Zi Hua, Vani Khare, Rakhi Shankar, Dreamy Somany Shah, Dr Aruna Shahani, Priya Aditya and Vanessa Jacqueline.

"The Changing State of Singapore Poetry"
29 August 2020│Saturday
2:30PM - 3:30PM
English
Live-streaming (Watch the programme on our Facebook page!)
Free

Is poetry as an art form of any relevance today? What can poetry do, and not do? What makes up the canon, and what does it mean to even speak of a literary canon? How may poetry be useful in personal or social agency? Join literary heavyweights Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Koh Tai Ann and Yeow Kai Chai as they share their insights on these broad issues.

This event will be moderated by Margaret Devadason, and feature panellists Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Koh Tai Ann and Yeow Kai Chai.

National Poetry Competition 2020 Awards Ceremony
29 August 2020│Saturday
4:30PM - 5:30PM
English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil
Live-streaming (Watch the programme on our Facebook page!)
Free

Join us in celebrating the best emerging Singapore poetry as we reveal the winners of PFS’s National Poetry Competition (NPC) 2020 based on the theme of “Legacies and Creation.” Shortlisted entries can be viewed here.
The ceremony will be hosted by Ow Yeong Wai Kit and Genevieve Wong.

Poetry Reading Programme: "Catharsis - Reading Our Stories in Verse"
29 August 2020│Saturday
5:30PM - 7:00PM
English
Live-streaming (Watch the programme on our Facebook page!)
Free

Words can reveal our deepest fears and motivations. Words unveil, and expose our innermost desires and feelings. Only then can we even faintly hope to get a glimpse of ourselves at our most vulnerable and real moments. Selected poets will respond to a call for poems with a theme related to “Legacies and Creation.”
The reading programme will be curated by editor Elijah Chai.

Shortlisted poets:

Amber Choh│Ananya Maheshwari│Audrey Ooi│Brandon Toh│Christian Yeo
Dominic Nah│Esther Xueming Vincent│Ethan Pan│Fathurrahman Mohamed Yazid│Hannah Chua
Hayley Cheah│Ian Goh│Ilika Motani│Jaryl George Solomon│Jessica John Posko
Jinendra Jain│Jonathan Chan│Joy Huang│Lai Guan Hoe│Lim Xin Mei
Low Kian Seh│Nurdina Aliyah│Rachel Kuanneng Lee│Rara Naval│Saleem Hadi
Sara Florian│Sarah Farheenshah Begum│Thales Weber│Topaz Winters│Zubaidah Dadlani

MultiVerse, a poetry reading and workshop
29 August 2020│Saturday
8:30PM - 10:00PM
English
Online
Free
Please click "GET TICKET" on the right and register for the event.
URL link will be emailed to you before the event starts.

Attend an international poetry reading and workshop wherever you are LIVE from 8:30pm to 10:30pm SGT on August 29 (Saturday) at e-Poetry Festival Singapore (PFS) on the PFS Facebook page and Youtube channel. Visit bit.ly/pfs2020live for e-PFS updates.

MultiVerse features accomplished poets such as Christopher Okemwa (Kenya), Tan Chee Lay (Singapore), Latha (Singapore), Cathy Candano (Singapore-Philippines), Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel Dugas (Canada) as well as young, emerging poets affiliated with WePoetry Global. The event is hosted by exciting performance artist LKN the Poet.


Sunday, 30 August 2020


11:00AM - 12:00PM│"Breathing in Creativity": Yoga and Poetry II with Vicky Chong
12:00PM - 1:00PM│Poetry Showcase and Dorscon Red e-zine Launch
1:30PM - 2:30PM│Creative Arts Programme's 30th Anniversary Reading Showcase
2:30PM - 3:30PM│"Migrant Poetry and Talent"
3:30PM - 4:30PM│"Wonders of Poetry": Yale-NUS Poetry Recital
4:30PM - 5:30PM│Readings from "Love and Life at the Gallery"
8:30PM - 10:30PM│Poetry Workshop: "Poem for Poem - A celebration of poetry" with Sanraj

"Breathing in Creativity": Yoga and Poetry II with Vicky Chong
30 August 2020│Sunday
11:00AM - 12:00PM
English
Live-streaming
Pay-as-you-wish (more details in official Peatix page)
RSVP to this event here!

Have you ever wanted to try out yoga but were afraid to take that first step? Not sure how yoga can be applied to your creative endeavours? Join Vicky Chong for the second edition of Yoga and Poetry, a workshop especially brought to you as part of Poetry Festival Singapore 2020!

Learn more than just movements and poses. Find out how yoga makes us more attuned to our own minds and bodies, helping us be more conscious and deliberate not just as writers and creators, but as individuals.

This workshop will be conducted ONLINE by Vicky Chong and Eric Tinsay Valles, who will provide yoga-themed poetry and writing prompts.

RSVP to this event here!

Poetry Showcase and Dorscon Red e-zine Launch
30 August 2020│Sunday
12:00PM - 1:00PM
English
Online
Free
Please click "GET TICKET" on the right and register for the event.
URL link will be emailed to you before the event starts.

Writing across a diverse range of issues, these poets will test poetry's limits to question, challenge, provide insight and versify issues in our contemporary world during this pandemic (eg. loneliness or fear).
This event will be coordinated by Crispin Rodrigues and hosted by Lim Yi Tian.

Creative Arts Programme's 30th Anniversary Reading Showcase
30 August 2020│Sunday
1:30PM - 2:30PM
English
Live-streaming (Watch the programme from our Facebook page!)
Free

This session features the works of student poets who were participants of the Creative Arts Programme or the Creative Writing Programme in 2019. These programmes seek to develop aspiring creative writers at the secondary/JC and primary levels respectively. The poets will be reading their works that pertain to the 2020 Festival theme "Legacies and Creation" as well as providing some insight into the inspiration for each piece.

This event will be coordinated by the Creative Arts Programme team at the Gifted Education Branch, Ministry of Education.

"Migrant Poetry and Talent"
30 August 2020│Sunday
2:30PM - 3:30PM
English, Chinese, Bengali and Tamil
Live-streaming (Watch the programme on our Facebook page!)
Free.

This special show by migrant workers aims to celebrate the universality of literature, specifically poetry, as a medium to communicate, to unite and to celebrate humanity in a multicultural society.

This event is organised by Amrkajona Zakir, and will be featuring poets Naicy Candido (Philippines), Yulia (Indonesia), Mohar Khan (Bangladesh) and Hit Zhang (China); dancer Meera Balasubramaniam (Singapore); and singer Nil Sagar Shahin (Bangladesh).

"Wonders of Poetry": Poetry Recital by Yale-NUS College
30 August 2020│Sunday
3:30PM - 4:30PM
English
Live-streaming (Watch the programme on our Facebook page!)
Free

Meet alumni poets from Yale-NUS College share their experimental work and discuss the power of poetry to honour legacy and transform tradition.

Hear the poetry of Chrystal Ho, Kan Ran Jie, Min Lim, Paul Jerusalem, Shawn Hoo, and yams. This event will be moderated by Lawrence Ypil (Creative Writing Track Coordinator, Yale-NUS College).

Love and Life at the Gallery Launch: Readings and Q&A with Editors and Poets
30 August 2020│Sunday
4:30PM - 5:30PM
English
Live-streaming (Watch the programme from our Facebook page!)
Free

Incorporating writings in all of Singapore's national languages, this anthology features poems inspired by the artworks of the National Gallery Singapore, which offers an unparalleled vantage point for representations of love and life in Southeast Asia. What emerges is a vision of life that is expansive and progressive even as it recognises its roots in the traditions, cultures and environments of the region.

Hosted by Khoo Lilin, the launch will feature an interview with the editors, Ow Yeong Wai Kit and Genevieve Wong, as well as contributing poets, amongst others.

Contributing poets:

Amira Yunos | Angeline Yap | Ann Ang | Ashish Xiangyi Kumar | Cheong Yun Yee
Chow Teck Seng | Darienne Sim | Deanna Lim | Diana Rahim | Djohan Abdul Rahman
Edwin Thumboo | Euginia Tan | Faridah Taib | Heng Siok Tian | Iain Lim | Kamaria Buang
Loh Guan Liang | Nicholas Quek | Nicole Emma Low | Oliver BH Seet | Ow Yeong Wai Kit
Pooja Nansi | Raymond Tham | Robert Yeo | Subha Senthilkumar | Swetha Senthilkumar
Subiksha Raman | Tan Chee Lay | Theophilius Kwek | Werner Kho | Yeow Kai Chai | Yong Shu Hoong

Purchase Love and Life at the Gallery here or visit our website.

Poetry Workshop: "A Celebration of Poetry" with Samraj
30 August 2020│Sunday
6:30PM - 8:30PM
Tamil
Live-streaming
Free.

Please click "GET TICKET" on the right and register for the event.
URL link will be emailed to you before the event starts.


A fun and light-hearted evening with notable Poet, Writer and Scriptwriter Samraj.

There will be two audience segments. There will be participants who will engage in poetry discussions with Samraj and others who will observe the proceedings.

Interested participants in the ‘dialogue’ should prepare some poems on the given general topics. They can be their own or works of other poets.

LASALLE Short Films Showcase
Link will be sent to registered attendees by 28 August 2020 (Fri)
Link will be available from 30 August 2020, 9:00PM (Sun) to 5 September 2020, 11:55PM (Sat)

Free

Total duration: 50 mins

A selection of short films by alumni of LASALLE College of the Arts (Puttnam School of Film & Animation), curated by Poetry Festival Singapore 2020 that pertain to the festival theme; "Legacies and Creation".

Short films presented:

"FAMILY RECIPE" by Vanessa Sim Liqing (2014)
"THE MONSTER" by Aaron Andrew Ang (2017)
"MISSING" by Samantha Chua (2017)
"FORLORN" by Jonathan Yong (2017)
"PAPER DOLL" by Lim Mei Fong (2017)
"MOTHER" by Daniel Yang (2018)
"WHERE WE SLEEP AT NIGHT" by Kaizerin Tanzil (2019)
"LOI KRATHONG" by Kung Hak Yee (2019)
"WHERE THE HEART IS" by Niesa Luib (2019)

To register, please click here!

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Most of e-Poetry Festival Singapore 2020 events are made free to promote a multilingual, multicultural, multi-generational platform for poets and poetry enthusiasts in the appreciation of the art of poetry in Singapore (and, with our e-Festival, beyond!).

Poetry Festival Singapore aims also to develop the written and spoken word in the island’s four official languages and to organize events and activities related to the literary arts.

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28 August | 6:15pm - 6:40pm | Legacies and Creation in the Age of a Pandemic with Richard Berengarten FULL
28 August | 6:45pm - 6:55pm | A Tribute to Pioneer Poet Edwin Thumboo FULL
28 August | 7.00pm (See left description for direct RSVP link) | BELONGING: A Film with Poetry & Music FULL
29 August | 9:30am - 11:30am | Chinese Keynote: Poetry in the age of a pandemic with Lin Gao FULL
29 August | 9:30am - 11:30am | Into Time/ How to Flourish FULL
29 August | 10:30am - 12:30pm | Poetry Workshop - The Way to Post-Modernism with Libi Aaranya SOLD OUT $5.00
29 August | 10:30am - 12:30pm | Seminar Legasi dan Penciptaan FULL
29 August | 11:00am - 12:30pm | Poetry on Video FULL
29 August | 12:30pm - 1:00pm | On Poetic Scaffolding: a Thomistic Appropriation of Heidegger and the Greek Experience FULL
29 August | 1:30pm - 2:30pm | MOTHER: An Asian Women’s Poetry Reading FULL
29 August | 2:30pm - 3:30pm | The Changing State of Singapore Poetry FULL
29 August | 4:30pm - 5:30pm | National Poetry Competition 2020 Awards Presentation FULL
29 August | 5:30pm - 7:30pm | Poetry Reading Showcase - Catharsis: Creating Our Stories in Verse FULL
29 August | 8:30pm - 10pm | Poetry Reading & Workshop - MultiVerse FULL
30 August | 11.00am (See left description for direct RSVP link) | Yoga and Poetry II with Vicky Chong FULL
30 August | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Poetry Showcase and Dorscon Red e-zine Launch FULL
30 August | 1:30pm - 2:30pm | Poetry Reading Showcase - Creative Arts Programme's 30th Anniversary FULL
30 August | 2:30pm - 3:30pm | Migrant Talent and Poetry FULL
30 August | 3:30pm - 4:30pm | Wonders of Poetry: Yale-NUS Poetry Recital FULL
30 August | 4:30pm - 5:30pm | Readings from Love and Life at the Gallery FULL
30 August | 4:30pm (See left description to book purchase link) | Love and Life at the Gallery FULL
30 August | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | Poetry Workshop: A Celebration of Poetry FULL
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