Food-O-Philia 2013: The Arts House’s First Ever Food Series Invites Singaporeans To Explore Their Identity Through Food
Singapore, 28 May 2013 – Singaporeans are invited to take part in a series of flavourful talks and performances to understand who we are at Food-O-Philia, the new food series curated by The Arts House. Food-O-Philia, which comprises a smorgasbord of panel discussions, book launches, plays, films, music and photography, will run from 19 June to 31 July.
Says William Phuan, Director, The Arts House: “We often pride ourselves on being a nation of foodies. But how well do we know ourselves as a food community? As a community, we have different narratives, preferences and even obsessions. Food-O-Philia is our attempt to delve into pertinent food issues – through various art genres – to provoke passionate discussion, burrow deep into ourselves, and understand ourselves better through food.”
Food-O-Philia will feature an eclectic line-up of notable writers and speakers who will dissect our relationship with food, as well as its social and cultural significance in Singapore. These speakers, who include food advocate and author of Heritage Hawkers, Sinma Dashow; Australian writer and food scholar Dr Nicki Tarulevicz, who has most recently researched extensively on Eating the Nation: A Cultural History of Singapore; Nichol Ng and Nicholas Ng, the co-founders of The Food Bank Singapore, who share the passion of feeding the needy; Alfian Sa’at, resident playwright of W!LD RICE whose new play Cook A Pot Of Curry will be staged soon; and Goz Lee, a Hong-Kong-based lawyer and founder of plusixfive, a pioneering Singaporean supper-club movement in London, will engage the public in a series of panel discussions on topics like food and our identity, and the hawker “revolution”.
In addition, the changing face of our hawkers will receive a particular focus at Food-O-Philia with the launch of Heritage Hawker Commemorative Book: The Visual Narrative of A Passing Generation of Street Hawkers, a two-year landmark project to preserve Singapore’s hawker street food culture, as well as an accompanying auditory installation and photography exhibition based on stories and interviews with our beloved hawkers. These two programmes are organised in conjunction with Singapore HeritageFest 2013.
The food series also features other delectable performance acts that include Rojak, a new original play directed by Shalaka Ranadive and written by Gauri Gupta that examines a section of the lives of marginalised foreign workers in Singapore; the world premiere of local composer Chen Zhangyi’s original classical composition Laksa Cantata, as part of the music concert Project Laksa; newly-minted theatre group Our Company’s inaugural double-bill production Three Children & Hokkien Me; and Shiok!, a storytelling performance about authentic Singapore food history and heritage.
A food series without the visual delight of films will not be complete. Another highlight of Food-O-Philiais the free screening of five mouth-watering Singapore films that interpret our comfort food in different ways. They include the classic Mee Pok Man by Eric Khoo; Chicken Rice War, a local spin on Romeo and Juliet; and Sweet Dreams And Turtle Soup, a coming-of-age story by feature debut director/writer Mabel Gan. Some of the directors will be on hand for post-show Q&A.
The media release could be downloaded here. For the full programme of Food-O-Philia, please download the event listings. Tickets to the ticketed events can be purchased from www.bytes.sg. For more information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg.
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The Arts House at the Old Parliament
Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was Singapore's first Parliament House, The Arts House since its opening in 2004 has been offering its visitors a broad spectrum of lifestyle options, while at the same time playing an active role in the Singapore arts and creative scene. Since 2011, The Arts House has been focusing on the development of Literary Arts, while supporting and presenting programmes and festivals that aim to give a wide and multidisciplinary experience to our audiences. For more information: www.theartshouse.com.sg.