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This New Festival Wants To Tackle The Forgotten Narratives Of Singapore

The latest sociologically-minded arts festival on the local calendar to put on your radar is The Future Of Our Pasts (TFOOP) — a brand-new initiative organised by liberal art college Yale-NUS that aims to spotlight lesser-known narratives in Singapore’s history. Examples include the move from “kampong” to “metropolis”, inter-racial relationships in the typically PC local environment, as well as factory women who played a crucial role in the early years of Singapore’s independence.

Remembering Sungei

Kicking off this weekend till March 17 across the island, the month-long festival is largely populated by student-led projects and commissions (11 in total) that tackle the diverse narratives through various creative mediums. Here, the pieces that caught our eye.

November 2019
Events & Promos
"Remembering Sungei" by Chong Jing Yee, Nicole Lin, Yeo Zhi Hui, Brennan Connor See
Sure, everyone made a big fuss when Sungei Road Thieves’ Market finally closed down in 2017 and kids flocked there to ~capture it for posterity~ on Instagram. This exhibition however, aims to examine perceptions of value through the items typically sold at the market and how society defines an item’s value. There will also be video interviews with the original vendors of the market. Feb 20 – March 3 DECK, 120A Prinsep Street "ORchard: A Stroll Between Valleys" by Wu Yu-Chen, Lin Derong, Poh Wei Bing, Yeo Zheng Hang
Singapore has a predilection for bulldozing through older landscapes in the name of redevelopment and this walking tour takes you through the lesser-known side of Orchard Road — or specifically Stamford Canal, which once flowed through the area but is now apparently artificially covered over. Feb 23 and March 9 $10 per pax for the tour, register here "Factory (Super)Women" by Pang Wei Han, Lee Xin Run, Alistair Ryan, Lesha Mansukhani, Monica Kim, Shelby Ellis Goh
A documentary focusing on the contributions of factory women to Singapore’s economic success, Factory (Super)Women provides the women a platform to remember, reminisce and reflect about their own experiences. Feb 23, 11am – 12.30pm Jurong Town Hall, 9 Jurong Town Hall Rd "First Storeys" by Sean Cham
Combining a theatrical installation as well as workshops and talks, First Storeys, helmed by young rising artist Sean Cham, focuses on the historic, large-scale resettlement from the “kampong” to the first HDBs — something our parents will undoubtedly have experienced but is likely nothing more than a story to the current generation. The talks will touch on sensitive topics such as the “traditional” nuclear family model and shed the light on other models of families — because as we all know, families do not always comprise of a heterosexual couple and their children. Various dates and times 300 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee