Select@Singapore Writers Festival 2017
3 – 12 November
In collaboration with the Singapore Writers Festival (SWF), Select will be co-presenting a special line-up of events that explore “Aram”, the theme for SWF 2017. The events include panel discussions, a conference and performance that look at intercultural dialogue, translation, and ASEAN 50. Some of the highlights include the uniquely Singaporean conversation about our common moral life in Aram: An Intercultural Dialogue and Transcendent, a performance that meditates on art and ideals, consciousness and beauty.
Admission to SWF events is by Festival Pass, except where stated. For more information, please visit www.singaporewritersfestival.com.
The concept of an ‘imagined community’, coined by leading South-east Asian scholar Benedict Anderson, refers to how the identity of a nation is constructed by the collective imagination of those within it. As residents of South-east Asia, what do we imagine of ourselves and our shared community? Can there be a larger imagination encompassing the entire geographic region? This session examines these and other ideas, including the role of literature in shaping identity.
Sa'eda Binte Buang, Nazry Bahrawi, Chitra Sankaran, Sithuraj Ponraj, Neo Hai Bin, Fei Xin
Kwok Kian Woon
11.00am – 12.30pm
Chamber, The Arts House
The ancient Tamil word “Aram” is the theme of this year’s Singapore Writers Festival. Aram is a complex term that engenders reflection on goodness, conscience, and everyday moral conduct. It is a central theme in one of the world’s most profound treatises on ethics, the Thirukkural, written by the Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar sometime between the third and first centuries BC. What is the relevance of Aram in the 21st-century world and in multicultural Singapore? This opening “intercultural dialogue” among intellectuals from various cultural backgrounds explores the theme of Aram, with the aim of drawing out shared values, nuanced differences, and new insights. Our panellists and audience participants will articulate ideas in their own languages, as well as attempt to translate one another’s words, however imperfectly. Constantly mediating between the familiar and the unfamiliar, this format is experimental and open-ended. We will test the possibilities of a uniquely Singaporean conversation about our common moral life. The panel is facilitated by Festival Steering Committee chairman Kwok Kian Woon.
Transcendent is a performance that meditates on art and ideals, consciousness and beauty. Threading the first encounter between Tagore and Einstein in 1930 with the Bhagavad Gita scriptures, it takes the audience into a realm filled with dance, music and puppetry.
The “Entanglement” segment is part of Sambhavna 2.0, commissioned by NUS Centre for the Arts and developed with the support of the Centre for Quantum Technologies. It was first presented at the NUS Arts Festival 2016.
ASEAN 50 X SWF 20: ALL (F)OR ONE? THE DIVERSITY DILEMMA
South-east Asia is one of the world’s most diverse regions. The ASEAN motto – “One Vision, One Identity, One Community” – articulates the desire to find unity in diversity. In this pursuit, there is clearly much to gain. However, is there a risk that something could also be lost in the process? With its many cultures, languages, religions and levels of development, is becoming ‘One’ a mere pipe dream? Join us as we discuss the relationship between literature and diversity.
One pass for all 10 days, the SWF Festival Pass gives you access to over 100 events at the festival. From panel discussions, to performances and film screenings, this pass is a must for the avid festival goer. Lectures and workshops are priced separately. Please visit the SWF website for more information: www.singaporewritersfestival.com
SWF Festival Pass:
20% discount for concession
The Arts House
1 Old Parliament Lane Singapore 179429
1 Saint Andrew's Road, Singapore 178957