Textures 2019: Confront Your Emotions Through Words
Singapore, 13 February 2019 – Words and Emotions come alive in the sophomore edition of Textures (#texturessg). Following its successful inaugural year in 2018, the annual festival returns to celebrate Singapore literature with a theme of Love and Loss (and some things in between)from 7 to 10 March at The Arts House.
Co-commissioned by The Arts House and #BuySinglit, and supported by the National Arts Council, Textures 2019 shines a spotlight on how words capture and decipher a spectrum of emotions, through curated programmes that transcend traditional literary art forms. Glean an intimate understanding of emotions and related themes, from our sense of identity, to waves of nostalgia and bouts of fear, within the Singaporean context, at Textures. The festival will bring together audiences and artists from all walks of life together to discuss topics close to the hearts of locals. To reach out to a wider arts community, different art forms will converge to spark off new inspiration and perspectives.
"Textures started in 2018 as an opportunity for everyone to simply enjoy a weekend with words in The Arts House. We are very encouraged by the positive response and therefore delighted to bring back the festival this year as the literary arts centre's signature programme. We invite all to join us and weave a tapestry of emotions through words over the festival days,” says Sarah Martin, CEO of Arts House Limited.
The four-day event continues to showcase Singapore's multi-faceted literary art community across novelists, visual artists, playwrights, producers and more. With programmes ranging from performances, exhibitions, workshops, talks, and a book fair, festival-goers will be able to choose from amongst a diverse range of experiences, while being exposed first-hand to how Singlit breathes life to emotions in a unique way.
"Besides celebrating the written word, one of the goals of Textures is to make Sing Lit accessible and relatable to all Singaporeans and residents. We have this in mind when we
curate the festival to ensure there is something for everyone who is at the different stages of their relationship with Sing Lit,” adds Lisa Lip, Senior Manager, Programmes and the Producer of Textures.
The Joy of Facing Your Fears
Festival-goers ready for a good scare can brace themselves for a chilling A Night of Terrifying Tales with live adaptations of legendary spooky tales performed by a team of storytellers led by master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran.
Explore the portrayal of Malay identity in Singapore as Performing Malay Sketches brings Alfian Sa'at's anthology of short stories, Malay Sketches, to stage.
Nostalgia hits in Remember When Remix Show-and-Tell, featuring past participants of The Arts House's Remember When Workshop series, who will share their treasured memories, moments and aspirations of the silver generation, over original monologues that were first written in 2018 and refined across the past two months.
Multi-disciplinary exhibition My Grandfather's Road – Rabbit Heart, Dragon Soul, features author Neo Kim Seng's stories about growing up at Neo Pee Teck Lane with excerpt readings in English and Cantonese.
(A) Pun for Everyone
Journey with artists as they explore various topics by bringing literary expressions to life through theatrical enactments, music and storytelling sessions for festival-goers. The Page on Stage, produced by Tan Kheng Hua and Lim Yu-Beng, returns as a series of plays adapted from three short stories from the Balik Kampung series. The first of the series called Samping adapted from Cyril Wong's short story The Mistake will take place during Textures.
Music lovers can catch artists add a new dimension to words through music at Degap-Degup Dikir (Dikir Heartbeats) சொல்லும் ஸ்வரமும் - Sollum Swaramum, and As the Music Follows – Singapore Art Songs.
Immerse in multi-disciplinary exhibits that explore the theme of Love and Loss (and some things in between) through poetry, music and physical items. Step into the Room of Love and Loss, featuring a gallery of photographs of objects significant to members of the literary community and artists featured in the festival, as well as pop-up performances. Enjoy the plurality of languages in Singapore through any anything also can, a broadside exhibition of multilingual poetry. In QuoteUnQuote, the art and design poster exhibition features memorable quotes from Singapore literature, brought to life by a new generation of talented designers, architects, and artists. Familiar local sceneries are given a fresh take in Common Life as artist Ho Chee Lick's sketches of quiet and unremarkable objects and scenes of everyday life in Singaporean neighbourhoods are paired with poems by Cultural Medallion recipient Anne Lee Tzu Pheng.
Children can get a taste of Singapore literature in 《伴随绘本: 进入孩子们多彩的内心世界》(The Colourful World of Children Picture Books), a Mandarin story-telling session, or Tamil Kids Storytelling, where they will learn to perform a story in Tamil. Budding artists (7 to 12 years old) can learn basic concepts and create their own comics at the Comic Workshop for Kids. Book-lovers of all ages can stock up on local literature at the #BuySingLit Bazaar, or drop off fan mail to thank their favourite (living) authors at Dear Author.
Let's Talk about Lit
Panels, 《在异乡响起的人生组曲》(A Tale of Two Cities), Will Singaporeans Ever Be Happy? and Contemplations: Religion, Myth & History, will discuss the topics of migrant workers, mental health and religion respectively. Audiences learn more about the development of Singapore's literary scene in Excuse Me,Are You A Writer?, which discusses the influence of creative non-fiction writing on the development of memoir and auto-fiction. From a bullet journaling workshop to exploring writing methods and comics creation, participants can glean skills as they engage in a personal dialogue with these art forms.
Textures will present cross-disciplinary collaborations between artists and writers, from the potential of illustrated books in《一起探索和发现：绘本的美好与力量》(Discovering the Power and Beauty of Illustrated Books), to the challenges of adapting the written word to other mediums in Adapting the Page.
For the complete list of programmes for Textures 2019, please refer to the accompanying programme booklet.
Advance registration for selected programmes is recommended due to limited seating capacity.
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Members of the public can pre-register their interest at https://peatix.com/group/21983/events or join the conversations on www.facebook.com/theartshouse.
Textures 2019 (#texturessg)
Venue: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Dates and times: 7 -10 March 2019,10am -10pm
Admission to the festival grounds is free. All programmes are free unless otherwise stated.
For more information, please contact:
Arts House Limited
T: +65 6435 0176
M: +65 9180 7776
Asia PR Werkz
T: +65 6812 9807
M: +65 9723 7177
Textures celebrates the power and beauty of words. It invites audiences to experience and appreciate how words give us the ability to express ourselves as well as give meaning to our lives and the world. With its profound ability to connect and unite whether spoken or written, words breathe life into the vast breadth of human thought and feeling.
The annual festival also celebrates Singapore writing and the people who contribute to it. From mastering the craft to those building a community of writers and readers, they are all part of the weave and fabric of our literary landscape.
About The Arts House
Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was home to Singapore's first parliament, The Arts House continues in the distinguished tradition of this gazetted national monument and now plays a key role in the country's arts and creative scene. The Arts House at the Old Parliament, as it is affectionately referred to, promotes and presents multidisciplinary programmes and festivals within its elegant spaces. It focuses in particular on the literary arts, celebrating the works of written and spoken word artists from Singapore and beyond.
The Arts House is run and managed by Arts House Limited. For more information, visit www.theartshouse.sg.
#BuySingLit is an industry-led movement to celebrate stories from Singapore. Advocating ‘Buy Local, Read Our World', homegrown book publishers, retailers and literary non-profits have come together to encourage more people to discover and embrace Singapore's literature. Through buying and reading local works, you support the writers who bear witness to our lives, as well as the businesses in our community that deliver these stories to us. Most of all, you will experience the profound joy of unravelling the multi-faceted world around you.
About Arts House Limited
Arts House Limited (AHL) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to enriching lives through the arts. AHL runs The Arts House, a multidisciplinary arts centre with a focus on literary programming located in the heart of Singapore's Civic District; manages Goodman Arts Centre and Aliwal Arts Centre, two creative enclaves for artists, arts groups and creative businesses; and presents festivals through the arts centres. AHL presents the Singapore International Festival of Arts, the annual pinnacle celebration of performing arts in Singapore commissioned by National Arts Council.
AHL was set up in 11 Dec 2002 as a company limited by guarantee (CLG) under NAC and was formerly known as The Old Parliament House Limited. It was officially renamed Arts House Limited on 19 Mar 2014.