When words take form: 5 programme highlights of Singapore Writers Festival 2018

When words take form: 5 programme highlights of Singapore Writers Festival 2018

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Text: Aravin Sandran

Singapore Writers Festival returns with an expansive programme featuring multi-sensorial experiences, interdisciplinary performances, cross-generational debate and long-awaited film screenings

SWF Late Night: The Ghost In Your Head

Conceptualised and produced by Global Cultural Alliance and co-directed by Jeremiah Choy and Jeffrey Tan, The Ghost In Your Head takes inspiration from the life and works of influential dead writers such as Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll and Eileen Chang. The multi-sensorial experience will feature theatrical soundscapes, visual installations and first-person conversations with actors. Play mahjong with Chinese author Eileen Chang, or witness a verbal sparring between Chinese ghost-story writer Pu Songling and Mary Shelley. Then fill up with hors-d'oeuvre from the wedding breakfast of Miss Havisham from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and delicacies from the Mad Hatter’s tea party in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.  
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8 November, 7pm to 9pm & 9:30pm to 11:30pm, The Arts House, $30

Str8 Up: Word On The Street

Writers, musicians and performance poets take the stage to address Singapore's most pressing social issues like integration, empathy and intercultural dialogue. Featuring a roster of outspoken talents including Youth Poet Ambassador Pooja Nansi, rapper Subhas and performer Deborah Emmanuel,  this interdisciplinary performance will bring together the minority voices of our times.

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3 November, 8pm to 9:30pm, The Arts House, $15

This House Believes That Singaporeans Are Better Off With Social Media

Viral sensation Preetipls, actor Suhaimi Yusof and comedienne Sharul Channa among others debate the pros and cons of social media at this crowd-favourite SWF Closing Debate. Expect lots of laughter and a roaring good time. Tickets are on a first-come-first-served basis at the door on the event day.

11 November, 7pm to 8:30pm, Victoria Theatre, Festival Pass

Between Earth And Heaven - Four Monodramas

Created by final-year students of the Intercultural Theatre Institute from Singapore, Malaysia and India, these four original monodramas feature strong language and mature themes such as love, materialism, social justice, and the plight of the voiceless "Untouchables". These dramas conclude with a discussion led by ITI's director T. Sasitharan.

2 November, 8pm to 10pm, The Arts House, $10

Film Screenings

Although it is technically not a film festival, the Singapore Writers Festival has a drool-worthy line-up of film screenings: rapper and social activist M.I.A.'s long-awaited biopic MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A., provocateur Gaspar Noe's sangria-soaked nightmare Climax, and Lars Von Trier's polarising psychological horror The House That Jack Built

Various dates and times, National Gallery Singapore Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

For more information regarding programming and ticketing, visit Singapore Writers Festival.

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