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.
This years festival has a plethora of highlights, such as Sean Cham’s This is Where, Angkat: A Definitive, Alternative, Reclaimed Narrative of a Native by Nabilah Said and Noor Effendy, which we will be reviewing on 26th. Finally, a performance I was desperate to see but could not get a ticket for, Ayer Hitam: A Black History of Singapore, exploring the little known history and influence of African and West Indian culture in Singapore and how it shares in the culture.
The festival runs from 16th to 27th January 2019. For more information, check out the lineup here. Tickets are available via SISTIC. Look out for our interview with the festival’s Artistic Director, Sean Tobin who tells you more about this year’s festival and what you can expect and our interview on Friday with none other than Suzann Victor herself and our review of one of the leading events, Angkat next week.
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