Global Migrant Festival 2020

The Global Migrant Festival 2020 is a cultural festival held every two years, comprising of thirty online events held over the course of nine days. The Festival is a showcase of diversity, featuring over two hundred participants from around the world. This year’s festival will be held online, and will be from the 21st of November till the 29th of November 2020. The Festival therefore seeks to use the Arts as a medium to allow low wage migrant workers and refugees to have their voices heard and their stories told, humanising their experiences in the process. This therefore allows for a discussion of intersectional issues related to migration, including, but not limited to, health, economics, safety, art and gender.           

The Festival features various forms of literature including prose and poetry, photography, music, plays, academic narratives, art and film. Furthermore, the Festival features the Finals of the Singapore Migrant Workers Poetry Competition and Malaysia Refugee and Migrant Worker Poetry Competition, a yearly affair that showcases the poetic talent of migrant workers and refugees.

For more information on the event line-up, please visit Global Migrant Festival official website:

https://www.globalmigrantfestival.com/festival-events

All events will be streamed live on the Festival’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/278475959974910

Production: Supported By The Arts House
Event venue: Online
Event price: Free
Event CTA:
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Event start date: 2020-11-21 10:00
Event end date: 2020-11-29 23:00
Custom Event Date(s): 21 - 29 Nov 2020
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在异乡响起的人生组曲: 外劳小说讲座 A Tale of Two Cities: Stories about Migrant Workers in Singapore

多年来,新加坡因国家建设和经济发展急需大量劳动力。 每天,有近156万外劳在岛上国工作。他们远离家乡,暂别亲人,到陌生的异乡寻梦。其中,毎天进出关卡的马国外劳也有28万。异乡人寻梦的心态虽然各异,但是为欲望所驱使,为求过美好的生活大体上是一致的。他们在这里的生活和遭遇,是一系列由无奈、离别、相思、思乡、欢乐、寂寞、苦闷、失落...组成的人生组曲。

李选楼、丁云的外劳小说,都各自反映了外劳在这里的生活和心态。他们将与黎康,以对谈的方式,介绍异乡人在国外寻梦的目的,生活和心态。外劳寻梦是我国社会现实的一面,参与的族群不少,人数众多,且是个全球性的问题。主办单位希望借此讲座,引起更多社会人士的关注,并鼓励作家,以他们的生活为内容,写出更多动人的作品。

讲座由新加坡艺术家和新加坡文艺协会联合主办。

Singapore's rapid economic development in the past few decades has necessitated large amounts of labour. Every day, there are close to 1.5 million migrant workers labouring on our shores. They have left their homes and families, and travelled to a foreign land in search of better prospects. Even though their dispositions and stories are different, they are all motivated by a shared desire of securing a brighter future for their families. Their lives and encounters here are stories of helplessness, parting, lovesickness, homesickness, joy, loneliness, depression, and loss.

Two local authors, Lee Chuan Low and Ding Yun, have documented their own experiences with various stories about migrant workers, whose dreams are interwoven with the realities of our society. This panel discussion aims to raise awareness about the lives of migrant workers and encourage other writers to create moving stories about their trials and tribulations.

This panel discussion is jointly organised by The Arts House and the Singapore Literature Society.

This session is conducted in Mandarin.

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作者简介

原名李选楼。新加坡公民。1957年生。祖籍海南省琼海市坡头村。笔名伍两、择浩。北京师范大学文学士,曾获"多代人写作比赛"小说创作优胜奖、"畅游神州"旅游征文大赛二等奖。2010年获颁“连士升文学奖”。短篇小说集《双城之恋》获颁2014年新加坡文学表扬奖;《战前新马华文小说的发展与流变》获颁第二届(2016年)方修文学奖评论组优秀奖。长篇小说《救灾前线》获得2018年度(小说组) 新华文学奖。同年,获颁"亚细安华文文学奖"与"亚细安华文文艺营30周年贡献奖"。现为新加坡文艺协会副会长,《新加坡文艺报》主编;新加坡作家协会、热带文学艺术俱乐部永久会员、世界华文文学家协会会员、世界华文微型小说研究会会员。

本地作家本地作家丁云原名陈春安,生于马来西亚雪兰莪州巴生,1974年开始写作,1980年代定居新加坡。自2000年全职写作至今。丁云应聘为南洋理工大学中文系本学期驻校作家。丁云自本月开始至6月在南大授课,主要教导学生如何创作小说。丁云写微型小说、短篇小说、长篇小说,也写散文与文艺评论,已出版的作品包括《迷途的黑鲸》《赤道惊蛰》三部曲,以及长篇小说《攀绝峰》《惊栗岛》等。作品“围乡”、“最后的义顺村”等被翻译为马来文、英文、日文。他曾获作协/通报小说奖冠军、新加坡金笔奖、双福长篇小说奖、方修文学奖。

黎康是中国南京大学文学院学士,墨尔本大学硕士。多从事文学评论和散文创作。散文有《外婆家的柴火房》、《她门们和她》、《寻海》;文学评论《浅谈<双城之恋>的艺术空间和店社会价值》、《<救灾前线>——新加坡首部长篇灾难小说中的人物塑造》。

Production: Presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Blue Room
Event price: Free With Registration
Event start date: 2019-01-23 18:00
Event end date: 2019-03-06 18:00
Custom Event Date(s): 9 Mar 2019, Sat
Custom Event Time(s): 2pm - 4pm
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Lee Chuan Low (b.1957) is an award-winning writer and editor of numerous Chinese short stories, literary reviews and essays. He is currently the vice president of the Singapore Literature Society and serves as chief editor of the organization’s news bulletin. Lee is also a long-time member of several local and international literary groups such as the Tropical Literature & Art Club and World Chinese Literature Association.

Tan Chun An, who goes by the pen name Ding Yun, is an award-winning writer born in Klang, Selangor, Malaysia. He started writing in 1974, migrated to Singapore in 1990, and has been working as a full-time writer since 2000. He was hired as a resident writer of Nanyang Technological University’s Chinese Department and is currently teaching students how to write novels. He has written and published short stories, novels, essays and literary criticism. Notable works include 《迷途的黑鲸》,《赤道惊蛰》,《攀绝峰》and《惊栗岛》. Some of his works have also been translated to Malay, English and Japanese.

Li Kang graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Nanjing University and a Master of Science from the University of Melbourne. She has written and published several pieces of literary criticism and collections of essays such as 《外婆家的柴火房》、《她门们和她》、《寻海》、《浅谈<双城之恋>的艺术空间和店社会价值》、《<救灾前线>——新加坡首部长篇灾难小说中的人物塑造》.

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一起探索和发现:绘本的美好与力量 Discovering the Power and Beauty of Illustrated Books

本地绘本作家小邝老师将在这个分享活动中,通过各种不同形式的分类绘本,让老师、家长和同学们能学习到如何有趣地进行绘本导读与分享;如何引发学生们的深入思考与交流,进而了解到他们内心世界的想法和观点。 

绘本特别适合亲子共读和互动讨论;通过小邝老师的分享,大家也可以从中学习到如何探索和欣赏蕴藏在绘本里的创意与内涵,以及那些在绘本里精心有趣的图文编排与设计。

Showcasing a variety of illustrated books, local author and illustrator Ace Khong will take parents, teachers and kids on a journey through the power and beauty of illustrated books. He will shed light on the creative and imaginative aspects of illustrated books, the relationship between text and image, and how illustrated books can spark conversations between adults and children.

This talk is conducted in Mandarin.

Production: Presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Screening Room
Event price: Free With Registration
Event start date: 2019-01-27 02:00
Event end date: 2019-03-10 02:00
Custom Event Date(s): 10 Mar 2019, Sun
Custom Event Time(s): 1pm - 2pm
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主持人生平
1973 年出生于新加坡,小邝是一名绘本作家。他毕业于 LASALLE 艺术学院视觉艺术系,1998年开始从事平面。除了广告设计,小邝曾参与很多本地儿童教育读本的绘图与故事创作和报刊杂志的平面广告设计。他也曾在中国任职设计部总监。小邝现为多媒体工程师和新加坡南洋理工大学半年刊文学杂志《不为什么》的专栏作家。他的个人网站是http://acekhong.wordpress.com。


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Born in Singapore in 1973, Ace Khong is an author and illustrator of Chinese picture books. He graduated from the Department of Visual Arts at the LASALLE School of Art and began working on graphic and advertising design since 1998. Ace has participated in the drawing and creation of stories for many local childrne’s educaitonal books, as well as print advertising design for newspapers and magazines. In 2002, he served as the head of the Design Department of a Singapore Photo Album production company in Chaozhou, China. Ace currently works as a multimedia engineer in A*STAR. He is also the columnist of Nanyang Technological University’s literary Chinese Magazine Why Not? More information about Ace and his works can be found on http://acekhong.wordpress.com.

 

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#BuySingLit Festival: Japan As a Literary Setting Discussion

Japan has long been a place that sparks curiosity and piques the interest of creatives and writers alike. All three authors, Daryl Yam, Clarissa Goenawan and Wesley Leon Aroozoo have this in common. Through their works, “Kappa Quartet”, “Rainbirds” and “I Want To Go Home”, they explore, and write about how this country-specific backdrop, Japan, creates the perfect setting for the narratives in their literary world. Come join us, and hear what the authors have to say, and at the same time, bring your questions for them too.

Production: Presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Screening Room
Event price: Free With Registration
Event start date: 2019-01-23 18:00
Event end date: 2019-03-06 18:00
Custom Event Date(s): 9 MAR 2019, SAT
Custom Event Time(s): 2PM - 3.30PM
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Clarissa Goenawan

Clarissa Goenawan is an Indonesian-born Singaporean writer. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in Singapore, Australia, the UK, and the US. Rainbirds is her first novel.


Wesley Leon Aroozoo

Wesley is a lecturer from LASALLE College of the Arts and a filmmaker with 13 Little Pictures. His work 'I Want to Go Home' is both a dual-language novel and feature documentary. The 2nd edition of the novel published by Math Paper Press is now available at Books Kinokuniya Japan.

Daryl Qilin Yam

Daryl Qilin Yam is a Singaporean writer and editor of prose and poetry. He is also an arts organiser at the literary non-profit Sing Lit Station. His first novel, ‘Kappa Quartet’ (2016), was longlisted for the inaugural Epigram Books Fiction Prize and has since been released in both Singapore and the UK. He is presently working on his second novel with support from the National Arts Council.

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Will Singaporeans Ever Be Happy?

Featuring Daniel Fung, Danielle Lim, Haresh Sharma
Moderated by Edith Podesta

Living in an age of instant gratification, digital dependance, and increasingly erratic states of mental health, can 21st century Singaporeans truly be happy and content with our lives? Featuring Daniel Fung, Danielle Lim, Haresh Sharma, and moderated by Edith Podesta, this panel brings together writers from theatre, fiction and non-fiction to discuss our state of happiness.

Production: Presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Blue Room
Event price: Free
Event start date: 2019-01-27 02:00
Event end date: 2019-03-10 02:00
Custom Event Date(s): 10 Mar 2019, Sun
Custom Event Time(s): 2pm - 3pm
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