National Arts Council (NAC) ‘Arts for All’ initiative and Little Lit! – free children’s programmes at SWF 2014

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From left to right: Festival Director, Paul Tan; Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information; Philip Jeyaretnam, Chairman, SWF Steering Committee

Photo Credit: Singapore Writers Festival

Singapore Writers Festival (SWF), Singapore’s most anticipated literary event, has officially opened with an exciting line-up of authors and programmes centred around the theme ‘The Prospect of Beauty’, which celebrates beauty in writing, literature and the world around us. The Festival will continue till 9 November. This year’s Festival features:

  • Over 200 Singapore and international writers
  • More than 280 events that comprise panel discussions, lectures, poetry readings, literary meals, film screenings and more

The Opening Ceremony of the Festival was graced by Guest-of-honour Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information. Three-time US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky gave an excerpt of his PoemJazz performance while Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon gave a reading of this year’s specially-commissioned SWF lyric.

SWF will be celebrating 10 days of thought-provoking discussions, inspirational lectures, poetry readings, music performances and more. 

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Our Parenting World team is invited to the opening ceremony of Singapore Writers Festival. As book authors, editors and writers, writing is already part of our lives. Gor Gor loves to write, he has contributed short stories and did his first public story telling at Library@Esplanade last year. It will be good to inspire and nurture the younger generation to develop an interest and passion in writing. 

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Bring your children down to various activities conducted by Singapore Writers Festival – Little Lit! – free children’s programmes. In addition, we are pleased to inform that two events are happening during this school holiday as part of the National Arts Council (NAC) ‘Arts for All’ initiative. 

Arts In Your Neighbourhood. The ‘Arts for All’ initiative aims to promote creative self-expression and bonding through the arts by bringing it to where people live, work and play. It creates an accessible avenue for everyone to enjoy an interactive art experience by established artists and art groups right at their very doorstep!

Past editions of Arts In Your Neighbourhood have received great interest and positive feedback, and this edition promises to be just as engaging.

The details of both events are as follows:

1. 9 & 23 November 2014, 2pm – 3pm
The Admiral’s Fantastic Journey by Cake Theatrical Productions: Join a little boy in his wild adventure of the imagination as he gets captivated by a book entitled The Admiral’s Fantastic Journey. A complementary craft workshop accompanying the programme will be available!

Please click HERE for more information. 

2. 16 November 2014, 2pm – 3pm
Looking for Mama by Paper Monkey Theatre Ltd: Don’t miss this heart-warming, hilarious and exciting journey of a brave little tadpole in search for his mother. The drama will be presented in a show-and-tell format with handcrafted puppets and sing-alongs.

Please click HERE for more information. 

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Our Parenting World is pleased to announce that a special part of this year’s Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) is ​dedicated and curated just for kids. The festival will occur from 31 October – 9 November 201​4, with most of the Little Lit! programmes happening on the two weekends, 1 – 2 November & 8 – 9 November 2014.

Little Lit! is the Festival’s free children’s programme that features a wide variety of interactive activities, from writing and craft workshops to storytelling and drama sessions. ​​​All activities will ​take place at a dedicated children’s space spread over two floors at the National Museum of Singapore. ​

This year’s edition also features more international best-selling children’s authors like Jacqueline Harvey, Sally Rippin, and Tone Almhjell together with Singaporean talents such as Adeline Foo, Stephanie Wong and our youngest featured author this year, twelve-year-old Amon Chua. Through a stronger Little Lit! offering this year​ (3 times bigger than 2013)​, ​SWF hopes to encourage a love for reading and writing in more children, while simultaneously developing their sense of imagination and creativity.

Our Parenting World would like to highlight some of the fun and exciting Little Lit! programmes that are interesting and suitable for children and families. School holidays will be coming soon and it will be a meaningful and enjoyable way to spend the school holidays for your children.

Kindly take note that most registrations for the Little Lit! programmes (e.g. Fire up the Imagination Workshop and Introduction to Pop-up Books Workshop) will start 1 hour before each session at the respective venues.

Featuring: Rosemarie Somaiah
Nov 1, Sat | 2:00pm – 3:00pm | National Museum of Singapore, Glass Atrium A 
 
Size has nothing to do with courage. Come dressed as your favourite super heroes and enjoy stories, funny or scary, in which young children will battle fear. They face up to challenges that bewilder or terrify the adults around them, and against the odds, go on to become true heroes.
 
For ages 6 and up.
 
Featuring: Andy Chua and Amon Chua
Nov 1, Sat | 2:30pm – 3:30pm | National Museum of Singapore, Perform, Children’s Wing​
 
​See genuine dinosaur fossils! Andy Chua shares his love of fossil-collecting, and how fossils inspired his book series,Fossil Finders. Then Amon Chua, Little Lit’s ‘littlest’ author (he’s 12) will tell you all about writing his adventure, Rex and Ryan – Bone Hunt.
 
For ages 9 and up.​
 
Featuring: Tone Almhjell
Nov 2, Sun | 2:30pm – 3:30pm | National Museum of Singapore, Perform, Children’s Wing
 
Meet Tone Almhjell and her unforgettable characters as she takes you through the secret cellar door and into another world where every dead animal exists in another realm in The Twistrose Key. For any child who loves – or has ever loved – an animal.
 
For ages 9 & up.  
 
Featuring: Sheila Wee
Nov  8,  Sat  |  11:00am  –  12:00pm  |  National Museum of Singapore, Perform, Children’s Wing​
 
Come and join a rollicking storytelling adventure across Asia. On this journey, you’ll meet magic birds and terrible giants, brave girls and silly kings, and many more remarkable characters. Leading you on this Asian adventure is Sheila Wee, an international storyteller who has been described as “a godmother of the Singapore storytelling revival”. 
 
For ages 6 & up.
 
Featuring: Jacqueline Harvey
Nov 8, Sat | 11:00am – 12:00pm | National Museum of Singapore, Create, Children’s Wing​
 
​Award-winning bestselling children’s author, Jacqueline Harvey, loves working with students to help bring their writing ideas to life. In this hands-on workshop, she will focus on a range of activities designed to assist young writers to develop their skills and to gain a better understanding of the writing process. The workshop will cover aspects of writing like: finding and developing ideas, creating believable characters, developing plausible plots, using dialogue effectively, and more.
 
For ages 9 and up. All participants are required to register for this session. Registration opens 1 hour before the start of the session at the venue. This workshop is limited to 30 participants.​
 
Nov 9, Sun | 11:00am – 12:30pm | National Museum of Singapore, Create, Children’s Wing
 
Calling all kids, do you love pop-up books? Maybe you have tried your hand at pop-up cards and haven’t really gotten the hang of it. Then this workshop is for you. Join Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud, the authors of Wake Up, Sloth!, as they show you how to make a pop-up card and share how they use this technique to tell a story.
 
For ages 9 and up. All participants are required to register for this session. Registration opens 1 hour before the start of the session at the venue. This workshop is limited to 30 participants. Parents are free to join their children in this activity.
 
Supported by Alliance Français and Institut Français Singapore.
 
1 Nov, Sat | 4:00pm – 5:00pm | National Museum of Singapore, Glass Atrium
 
Get back to the basics and reacquaint yourself with rhymes that Grandma used to recite to you. Have fun with the fast-disappearing Chinese dialects in Singapore and rediscover the charming nursery rhymes of yore. The programme features members from former Media Corp & Rediffusion broadcasters and artists, such as Koh Sok Mei, Lee Yong Tick, Lau Kan Wong, Goh Moh Chuan, Nigel Lim, Helen Tan, as well as children from Wu Jia Ban Singing School Children Group.
 
This session is in Mandarin, English and the dialects of Cantonese, Teochew, Hokkien, Fuchow, Hainanese and Hakka. Handouts of rhymes translated into English will be provided. Suitable for families.

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Introducing another main event of Singapore Writers Festival (SWF), it is Singapore’s most anticipated literary event, is back this year with an exciting line-up of authors and programmes centred around the theme ‘The Prospect of Beauty’’, which promises to celebrate beauty in writing, literature and the world around us.

‘The Prospect of Beauty’’ will be held from 31 October to 9 November, the Festival features a riveting line-up of nearly 200 Singapore and international writers participating in over 250 events that comprise panel discussions, lectures, poetry readings, literary meals and more.

Please click HERE for more information.

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