The dynamic Sangeeta Nambiar, founder of Play Acting Drama Centre, invited me to give a keynote speech for International Women’s Day to a group of her teenage drama students on the topic of Feminism: A Misunderstood Concept. The Play Acting Drama Centre specialises in theatre and communication skills for adults and children and the incredible Finally She Spoke is also one of Sangeeta’s initiatives, tackling issues of sexual violence and harassment, FGM and the cultural and social stereotyping of women.
In the wake of the not unexpected cancellation of Artstage 2019, Singapore’s premier contemporary art fair, the spotlight is now firmly turn to the new kid on the block, S.E.A. Focus, an initiative created by Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI)’s Executive Director, Emi Eu and S.E.A. Focus Project Director Audrey Yeo in response to the growing need to create a deeper appreciation and demand for SE Asian modern and contemporary art, delivered through both local and international galleries. So what do they have to offer?
It’s time for the 15th edition of Singapore’s M1 Fringe Festival. This year’s theme embraces a seminal work by the incredible Singaporean artist, Suzann Victor. Her controversial 1997 Still Waters (Between Estrangement and Reconciliation) has been embraced by all the festival’s participants as this year’s theme. Originally performed in 1997 during Singapore’s de facto performance art ban, it tackles the issue of government forbidding funding for the arts.