A new concept retail space fully dedicated to the promotion of Singapore’s books, music and film!
Singapore, 1 July 2005 – The Arts House at the Old Parliament officially launches Earshot, a new concept retail space which is fully dedicated to the promotion of Singapore’s books, music and film, and it aims ultimately to be The Destination for anyone in search of any Singapore works!
Said Mr Colin Goh, General Manager of The Arts House, “Our intent is strong! We want Earshot to be a space for all Singapore books, films and music to be showcased! We want to support and give due acknowledgement to the local arts industry! We want our children to know what the Singapore works are and where to get them, and to encourage our next generation to pursue their dreams of one day becoming a writer, director or musician!”
Said Mr Phan Ming Yen, Artistic Development Director of The Arts House, “There are certainly challenges in an undertaking as specific and ‘niche’ as this and we already have had some people ask how we are going to survive. The fact however is that we are here for the long term and this space is part of our mission to support Singapore artists and works. If we want the books and CDs to sell, it is because each book or CD sold means it is art that is shared and reaching out to a wider public. That is our commitment to the arts scene with EarShot: to work hard and through sales and events we have here, to make sure connections happen between artists and their audiences.’”
Conceived, executed and managed by The Arts House, Earshot also seeks to actively promote Singapore works to an equal, if not higher, standing than the imported ones. To emphasise its support for the local arts industry, Earshot will kick start its monthly programme – every first Friday and Saturday of the month – to literally give artists the shop space to network, share their experiences, perform a gig or launch their new book, CD or film!
Monthly Programme @ Earshot
1 July, Friday
- Official Launch of Earshot, managed by The Arts House
- NUsa Dan Antarabangsa (NUDA): a new Malay arts group dedicated to arts appreciation & education among the young
- Michelle Lim’s Sense of the Inevitable: a new book on eight short stories of love, longing, insanity, jealousy and memory set in kopitiams, red-light districts and busy shopping malls
- Richard Philip’s Splendid Love: an EP of songs written by Philip who won the “Singer/Songwriter competition” sponsored by Schtung Music, Power 98 FM and Fez Bar in August 2004
2 July, Saturday
- SOFT, an online forum that is dedicated to Music in Singapore, organises its first monthly meeting at Earshot to meet up face to face; get hands-on experience on the latest music gears, instrument and equipment; and hear freshly baked local music albums!
5 August, Friday
- A talk by Raymond Anthony Fernando about his new book, Loving a Schizophrenic, a true story of his wife who suffers from Schizophrenia. Written for the 1st time from a caregiver’s point of view, it will show how his love and devotion for her triumphs over her lifelong battle with schizophrenia. A heartwarming story of the healing power of love, this book chronicles the trials and tribulations of their courtship and 30-year marriage. It also provides an insightful peek into caring for a loved one stricken with mental illness.
9 September, Friday
- Launch of the first two volumes of the collected works of Kuo Pao Kun, by Theatre Training & Research Programme
10 September, Saturday
- Demonstration of LapDance (laptop-based digital Hiphop music), presented by Beats Society
7 October, Friday
- Launch of a new music composition by Zechariah Goh Toh Chai, Lecturer of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
The Arts House at the Old Parliament
Opened in March 2004, The Arts House is Singapore’s newest arts and heritage venue where all are inspired by the arts and where the arts become a fundamental in life through a connection with artists and their works. Built in 1827, Singapore’s first Court House and former Parliament House, is the only gazetted government building designated as a multidisciplinary arts centre. At The Arts House, audiences connect with artists and arts organizations through a broad spectrum of engaging, contemporary arts and entertainment events. The Arts House is managed by Old Parliament House Limited, a not-for-profit full-service arts management company limited by guarantee. For further information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg
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See Ling Ling
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The Old Parliament House Limited
1 Old Parliament Lane
Tel: 65 6332 6903