Home Club

A home away from home? That is the claim of Home Club, Singapore, the venue for music (Hip Hop, Deep House, Indie Rock, Psytrance), stand-up comedy, and spoken word. Home Club, the “philanthropist of the arts” according to its Facebook page, wants to cultivate local sub-cultures that will break the monotony of Singapore’s night-life. To that end it has thrown open its doors to local artistes.

I-den-ti-té, for instance, aims to bring together local bands playing different genres of music. It has teamed up with Lomography to present the Blue Hour Sessions, “a 6-part series featuring collaborations with a roster of local bands and graphic artists to press special edition, limited release EPs with live and unplugged recordings, culminating in a series of monthly Blue Hour gigs and exhibitions.”

The monthly spoken word event is hosted by Speak., a poetry collective comprising Deborah Emmanuel, Vanessa Victoria, Stephanie Chan, Paul Pereira and Razi Razak. Coming up, on January 22, is the event “Slam Champions.” The title is no idle boast. Scott Wings, performer, comedian, poet and rapper from Australia, won the 2013 Performance Poetry World Cup. He is traveling throughout South-east Asia in January and February 2014, performing and facilitating workshops in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Penang and Bangkok.

The other champion is local born and bred. Victoria Lim, one-quarter of the poetry troupe SEKALIWAGS, was 2013’s National Poetry Slam Champion. She is also the 2nd Prize Winner of the Golden Point Award 2013 for English Poetry for her collection Swathe and Other Poems. Who says page and stage have to battle it out, when you can combine them in one person?

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Photos from Home Club’s Facebook page.

About Jee Leong Koh

My book of poems Steep Tea (Carcanet) was named a Best Book of 2015 by UK's Financial Times, and a Finalist by Lambda Literary. I also wrote three other books of poems and a book of zuihitsu. My work has been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, and translated into Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Latvian. Originally from Singapore, I live in New York City, where I edit the arts blog Singapore Poetry, and run the Second Saturdays Reading Series and the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC.

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