An Invitation: Singapore National Poetry Festival 2015


The Singapore National Poetry Festival (NPF) will run from July 24 to 26, 2015 at the LASALLE College of the Arts at 1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940.

Attend a preview of the NPF this weekend at Dhoby Ghaut:

1. Poetry Readings with Aaron Lee, Heng Siok Tian, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, yours truly and other published poets in English, Chinese or Tamil.

Date & Venue: 16 May (Saturday) 6pm to 7.30pm @ Dhoby Ghaut Green Amphitheatre

2. Poetry Readings featuring Word Jamm and spoken word poets.

Date & Venue: 17 May (Sunday) 4.30pm to 6pm @ Dhoby Ghaut Green Gravel Area

The NPF offers a weekend programme of keynote addresses, displays of poetry and interpretations in the other arts, workshops, a symposium and readings by both established as well as emerging poets. Among the NPF’s organizers are Cultural Medallion winner and frequent visitor to the Philippines Edwin Thumboo, Singapore-Filipino anthology Love Gathers All editor Aaron Lee, Filipino poet Eric Tinsay Valles, other poets as well as educators from Tanjong Katong Secondary School, National Junior College, LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore.

The NPF aims to promote literary excellence in a multilingual, multicultural, multi-generational setting for both poets and poetry enthusiasts. Festival admission is free of charge. Youth-targeted activities include level-specific readings, workshops, and the launch of a printed anthology of the winning submissions to the Singapore National Poetry Competition.

Some festival details are found at the NPF’s beta website at This project is supported in part by the National Arts Council, the National Parks Board, the National Library Board, and Gardens by the Bay.

The related Singapore National Poetry Competition has received the first entries. Do submit your work before the deadline on May 29. Winning poems will be published in an anthology, displayed on public walls and read at a festival showcase. The winners will receive books and poetry-linked gift prizes. The competition info is found at this Web link:

For: Eric Valles
Chairman, National Poetry Festival (NPF)
Teacher, National University Singapore High School – English Language & Literature

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What’s the Noise all about?

This year’s Noise Singapore 2014 Festival showcased the works of young artists at an elaborate public exhibition in Ion Orchard’s Event Hall at Basement 4. The exhibit started 27th August – 14th September 2014.

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Festival Exhibition

Noise Singapore is an initiative by the National Arts Council (NAC) which showcases the different creative expressions of youngsters in Singapore. The exhibition entries were hand picked by Noise’s panel of experts, from thousands of entries submitted in various categories such as: Art & Design, Illustration, Photography and Music.

This has been going on since 2005 and it featured thousands of young artists through exhibitions and concerts. It has also promoted and helped young artists through award grants, mentoring programmes, talks and art workshops.

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The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) was able to mentor a total of 51 apprentices this year and they were assigned to 22 of the country’s most established art veterans and experts. The mentorship which spanned for four months, had had one-on-one and group mentoring sessions.

In these sessions, the apprentices were guided and critiqued by their mentors through workshops and curation clinics. Apprentices were invited to art exhibitions and participate in mass drawing sessions. They had the opportunity to observe and assist in professional photo shoots as well.

51 apprentices’ works were included in the group exhibition entitled: “In Transit”, which ran from 16th August to 7th September at the Singapore Arts Museum (SAM at 8Q). Curated by Mug Collective and SAM.

Merchandise on sale @ Noise Singapore 2014 Festival Exhibition

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When I was circling the exhibition space, there were numerous artworks (post-judging) which caught my attention. I want to salute all the young artists whose submissions were chosen in the Noise Singapore’s Open Categories. A job well done as well for this year’s expert judges–such an amazingly fresh showcase you have curated. Thank you. Big Congratulations!

Here are my favourites from the Festival Exhibition 2014:

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Intermission by Zu Orzu

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VI by Munn Iskandar

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Ode on the Spring by Joyce Lee

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Peace be upon the Hearts in Disarray (II) by Noor Iskandar

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Evolution of a Muslim Man by Ariff Despartacus

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SewingBot by ShanlynC.

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Serene by Joan

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Order and Mess by Shadrina Shukor

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The Trickster by Wilson

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Kopi by Crnkyautumn