Remarks by Mr K Kesavapany, SIF Governor, at the Launch of Causeway EXchange 2016

Dato Ilango Karuppannan, High Commissioner of Malaysia to Singapore
Dato Vinod Sekhar, President and Group Chief Executive of Petra Group
Mr Shawn Lourdusamy, Director of Causeway EXchange
Mr Colin Goh, Director of The Rice Company
Friends and Distinguished Guests 

It gives me great pleasure to launch ‘Causeway EXchange’ this evening with our partners DMR Productions and The Rice Company. The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) is proud to be part of this arts and culture exchange platform for Singaporeans and Malaysians, to share our culture and way of life through the arts.

The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) makes friends for a better world, and the work that we do reflects our aim in bringing world communities together to do good. . That is why, together with like-minded partners DMR Productions and The Rice Company, the SIF is proud to support this meaningful collaboration that uses the arts to bridge and strengthen cross-cultural exchanges between Singapore and our close neighbour and friend, Malaysia.

What makes this edition so special this year is the introduction of our inaugural component to the EXchange called 'Arts and Healing' - a series of programmes comprising activities such as a charity concert by doctors, and a dialogue on art therapy aimed at bringing together artists from both sides of the Causeway to engage with one another and strengthen ties between the two communities through arts.

This project is very close to our hearts as it also resonates with SIF’s belief that arts and culture can help foster inclusive communities, promote sustainable urban living and enable livelihood. We are therefore delighted to collaborate with Causeway EXchange which is an annual cultural platform in Singapore and Malaysia that celebrates our shared experiences and heritage.

Causeway EXchange is, in fact, part of SIF’s new Arts for Good initiative launched in March ealier this year. SIF’s Arts for Good initiative seeks to promote awareness of social issues, share best practices and enable action for positive social impact through the arts.  In this spirit, the SIF’s Arts for Good initiative has similarly enabled other artistic collaborations with Malaysians such as an arts exhibition within the George Town Festival by visually-impaired communities from both Singapore and Malaysia. With the Causeway EXchange, we have grown from supporting artistic showcases overseas, to collaborating with our partners for greater good - bringing together a series of arts-based programmes to enable positive social change within our communities.

Singapore and Malaysia share a close knitted relationship and have built up warm and friendly ties over the years. Collaborations and initiatives like this between Singaporean and Malaysian communities are important because they strengthen ties and trust at the people-to-people level. [Gov Pany may wish to inject anecdotes as former High Commissioner of Singapore to Malaysia to illustrate the close ties, spirit of mutual understanding or shared commonalities between the two countries].

We are delighted to have this opportunity to share with you our vision of a better world through the arts.  I thank all of you for joining us, and I hope you have an enjoyable evening with your family and friends.

 

 

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