About the Organisation

The Select Centre is a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee incorporated in Singapore.

We are named after one of Asia's most respected independent bookstores – Select Books – and aim to continue its social mission of promoting understanding of Southeast Asia and putting the region on the global literary and intellectual map.

Firmly rooted in Southeast Asia, our core mission is to advance the interflow of ideas and knowledge between different languages, cultures and disciplines through translation, adaptation and other forms of intercultural practice.

We organise a year-round calendar of activities, including readings, lectures, workshops, mentorships, residencies and other development and outreach programmes, with three strategic thrusts:

  1. Capacity Development: To develop writers and translators through intercultural and interdisciplinary programmes;
  2. Advocacy & Outreach: To promote intercultural practice among various stakeholders, including policy-makers, schools and the community; and
  3. Internationalisation: To develop Singapore as a regional hub and gateway of ideas and knowledge to the world.

We also plan to operate a not-for-profit bookstore showcasing works from Singapore and the region, which will be the venue for our regular programmes.

We believe that Singapore's multicultural nature and multilingual heritage are unique strengths that have yet to be fully tapped. We believe that Singapore can leverage on these advantages to bolster its status as a hub of ideas and a bridge between East and West. We aim to be an innovative organisation at the forefront of bringing different languages, cultures and disciplines together to advance human progress.

The Select Centre is a recipient of the National Arts Council's Seed Grant the period from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2018.

For more information about Select, please download our brochure here.