Something To Write Home About

Press release: 

Something To Write Home About: Singapore Arts Festival in New York 12 – 22 September 2015

NEW YORK – Inspired by their love for their home country, a group of New York-based creatives from Singapore have come together to organize the inaugural Something To Write Home About: Singapore Arts Festival in New York to celebrate the 50th year of Singapore’s independence. The festival will run from 12 – 22 September 2015 at the world-renowned cultural institution La MaMa in downtown Manhattan.



Visual Arts

Wholly citizen-initiated and run by a committee of volunteers, Something To Write Home About (STWHA) will showcase the best of Singapore’s arts and culture, featuring over 40 Singaporean artists from a wide range of disciplines, including visual arts, dance, music, theatre, film, literary arts, and culinary arts. Based on the theme of “home/Singapore,” STWHA will offer 11 days of programs from dance performance to storytelling, from short film screenings to theatre, to provide a window into Singapore’s multi-ethnic, multi-lingual heritage, and history.



Symposium on Singapore Studies


To celebrate the Golden Jubilee halfway across the world, the creatives have come together, doing what each does best, to achieve something greater than the sum of the individual parts. Not only is this festival an opportunity to introduce Singapore to the world through award-winning works that capture the lives of ordinary Singaporeans, it is also a chance to build citizenry and generate social capital within the community.



Literary Arts


The festival’s Producing Artistic Director Dr. Hong-Ling Wee says: “Singapore has made such tremendous progress in building an economic footprint. We’ve gone from being a Third World nation to being the third wealthiest country in the world in the last 50 years. This is no small feat. But what has Singapore contributed to world culture. This festival is a great opportunity for us to begin creating an artistic footprint and to serve the role of cultural diplomacy.”





Audiences in New York can look forward to a festival that celebrates Singapore’s milestone through its rich tapestry of vibrant history, diversity, common memories, and experiences. La MaMa is located at 66 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003. Tickets to the festival will go on sale from 20 July 2015. For more information, please visit SomethingToWriteHomeAbout.NYC.





Press Inquiries:
Jacelyn Kee +1 312 685 2320 contact@SomethingToWriteHomeAbout.NYC
Dr. Hong-Ling Wee +1 917 882 7777 info@SomethingToWriteHomeAbout.NYC





Featured Creatives
Visual Arts:
Hong-Ling Wee, ceramic artist, New York
Sheryo and Yok, graffiti artists, New York
Jonathan Teo, photographer, Massachusetts
Angie Tan & Gregory Burns, photographer/painter, California

Literary Arts:
Jee Leong Koh, poet, New York
Jeremy Tiang, writer and translator, New York
Amanda Lee Koe, writer, New York
Yen Yen Woo & Colin Goh, writers/graphic novelists, New York

Film Makers and their short films:
Kirsten Tan, director and curator, New York
Lilin Wee, Autograph Book, Singapore
Junfeng Boo, Homecoming/Keluar Baris, Singapore
Koh Sun, Singapore Panda, Singapore
Srinivas Bhakta, Curry Fish Head, Singapore
Sin-Yee Lee, The Longest Distance Relationship, Singapore
Tomson Tee, The Making Of, New York





Theatre Performances:
The Necessary Stage, production of Best Of, Singapore
Checkpoint Theatre, production of Recalling Mother, Singapore
Verena Tay, production of Cursed Earth, Singapore

Playwrights and their works:
Damon Chua, playwright and director, New York
Haresh Sharma (playwright) and Alvin Tan (director), Singapore
Huzir Sulaiman (playwright) and Claire Wong (director), Singapore

Actors for Reading of 3 Plays (September 17):
Kenneth Lee, actor, New York
Hansel Tan, actor, New York
Elisabeth Ng, actress, New York
Elizabeth Lazan, actress, California
Siti Khalijah Zainal, actress, Singapore





Eli Tyler, singer and producer, New York
Tammy Ying, singer-songwriter, New York
Shun Ng, singer and guitarist, Boston

Maya Dance Theatre, Singapore
Yun-Chun Chua, dancer, New York

Culinary Arts:
Larry Reutens, chef, New York

To read more about the featured creatives, visit SomethingToWriteHomeAbout.NYC.


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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