Poetry Festival Singapore 2017


Poetry Festival Singapore 2017

Poetry Festival Singapore (FPS), formerly The National Poetry Festival is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Seed Grant from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2019. It is also supported by Our SG Fund. It promotes poetry and the other arts through programmes that include public readings, keynote addresses, craft workshops and panel discussions.

PFS's primary aim is to promote literary excellence in a multilingual, multicultural, multi-generational setting.

28 July 2017 - Opening Ceremony (ended)

29 July 2017 - PoetryWalls-NUS FASS Sg Literature Conference. Register here.

29 July 2017 - 5.00pm - 6.00pm - Award Presentation for all National Poetry Competition winners hosted by Genevieve Wong

29 July 2017 - 6.00pm - 7.30pm -
Identities and Communities: Spoken Word with an array of drinks - see below

Identities and Communities: Spoken Word with an array of drinks

Date: Saturday 29 Jul 2017 (RSVP ends Friday 28 July 11:00PM, please purchase tickets at door)
Time: 6.00pm to 7:30pm
Venue: OTC Cafe @ National Library Level 3
100 Victoria Street Singapore 188064.

Entry tickets:
$15.00 - one pie with an iced tea
$19.00 - one main dish and an iced tea

Co-organised by Poetry Walls Singapore and Poetry Festival Singapore
Venue Partner: OTC Cafe @ National Library


30 July 2017 - Poetry Festival Singapore events - see below

RSVP ends Sat 29 July 2017, 10.00pm


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Poetry-Photograph Exhibition & multilingual poetry readings. Co-organised by Poetry Festival (Singapore) with Photographic Society of Singapore.

Exhibition will open on 30 July 2017.
Ongoing daily till 31 October 2017.

Library opening hours can be found on http://bit.ly/lasallelibraryhours


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What does the avant-garde look like in Singapore poetry? How are definitions interrogated and reframed? How are aesthetic conventions queried? What innovations have brought something new to the table?

This panel features poets of such diverse voices, including Charlene Shepherdson, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Elancharan Gunasekaran, Patricia Karunungan, Samuel Caleb Wee, and Yeow Kai Chai. Join us to hear them read and discuss their groundbreaking work.


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The YPA Speaks by Pooja Nansi

Come listen to Singapore's Youth Poet Ambassador (YPA) Pooja Nansi speak about why Poetry is an essential force in our society and why young people especially need poetry in their lives. This one -hour session will encompass a 20-min talk, interspersed with a reading, followed by a dialogue with the audience.

2.00PM - 3.00PM

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# The Asingbol Anthology by Desmond Kon
# Love @ The Gallery by PoetryWalls Singapore and Poetry Festival Singapore

# About The Asingbol Anthology by Desmond Kon

This anthology, ASINGBOL: An Archaeology of the Singaporean Poetic Form, packs in more than 90 contributors, each wrestling with the impossible form, invented for the “improbable nation” borne of “impossible means”. Editor Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé hosts, with various writers sharing their asingbols, and how they worked within the structural limitations. Featured contributors include: Crispin Rodrigues, Eric Tinsay Valles, Ian Chung, Joses Ho, Loh Guan Liang, Marylyn Tan, Max Pasakorn, Ng Yi-Sheng, Ng Yong Zhin, Patricia Karunungan, Russ Hoe, Samuel Caleb Wee, and Tan Xiang Yeow.

# About Love @ The Gallery

Writing about love is a challenge. How does one verbalise an intimate and inexpressible feeling? How does one top the Bard and a steady flood of poets and songwriters? But still we persist in writing love poems.

Art becomes a muse for most of the 26 love poems in this collection. Those poems are ekphrastic—that is, they engage in the imaginative act of describing, narrating, or reflecting on situations limned in paintings or sculptures, expanding and amplifying on the meaning that they evoke. The artworks belong to the National Gallery Singapore, which offers an unparalleled vantage point for representations of love in the country’s rich history and cultural heritage.

The 26 love poems are arranged according to common threads on the so-called four different kinds of love: éros, storgē, philía, and agápē. We hope that readers will be continually led back to the poems and their respective artworks.

3.00PM - 4.00PM

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"Can Singapore be a society in which citizens can be "brothers and sisters regardless of race"? What role can poetry play in promoting racial harmony in Singapore? Join us for a reading session of peace poems on race.

Readers include Edwin Thumboo, Eleanor Wong, Cyril Wong, Christine Chia, Lawrence Lacambra Ypil, Theophilus Kwek, Tan Chee Lay, Eric Tinsay Valles, Aaron Maniam, Angeline Yap, and Ow Yeong Wai Kit (host), with accompaniment by a musical ensemble led by Gladwin Pantastico.

5.00PM - 7.00PM


2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978


Presenting for the first time, watch poetry films produced by Puttnam School of Film & Animation (LASALLE) faculty students, interpreting Singapore Chinese poems. Featured poems and details can be found on the festival website. Hosted by Tan Chee Lay and Chow Teck Seng.

Full list of films and poems featured, please click on this link.

General enquiries, please email to poetryfestivalsg@gmail.com

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Jul 29 - Jul 30, 2017
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29 July 5.00pm - Award Presentation for all National Poetry Competition winners FULL
29 July 6.00pm - Identities & Communities: Spoken Word at OTC Cafe @ National Library (Main + Ice Tea) SOLD OUT $19.00
29 July 6.00pm - Identities & Communities: Spoken Word at OTC Cafe @ National Library (Pie + Ice Tea) SOLD OUT $15.00
30 July 10.00am - Poetry-Photograph Exhibition & multilingual poetry readings FULL
30 July 11.30am - Breaking Ground: Avant-garde poetry reading (English) FULL
30 July 12.30pm - YPA Word Up by Pooja Nansi FULL
30 July 2.00pm - Book Launch FULL
30 July 3.00pm - Reading session “Brothers and Sisters Regardless of Race” FULL
30 July - Poetry Films @ *SCAPE Gallery Theatre Level 5 (Early-bird until 15 July) SOLD OUT $6.00
30 July - Poetry Films @ *SCAPE Gallery Theatre Level 5 (Regular) SOLD OUT $8.00
Venue Address
1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940 Singapore
LASALLE College of The Arts - Nearest MRT: Rochor MRT /// *SCAPE Gallery Theatre - Nearest MRT: Somerset
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