CausewayEXchange (CEX)This annual arts festival brings Singaporean and Malaysian communities together for cross-cultural exchanges that showcase all that is unique about our nations on both sides of the Causeway.
CEX leverages the power of the arts to generate positive social change. SIF was proud to be part of the festival’s 10th-anniversary celebrations in 2019. We partnered DMR Productions for the fourth time to organise CEX’s Arts and Healing programme in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 26 to 29 September 2019. The programme featured performances, panel discussions and workshops that involved artists, art therapists, medical professionals and caregivers.
Sync Singapore ProgrammeSync is a training programme that focuses on the interplay between leadership and disability. It supports artists and arts managers with disabilities who want to make a difference in and through the arts. The programme was developed in 2008 and facilitated by two leaders with disability from the UK, Jo Verrent (Senior Producer, Unlimited) and Sarah Pickthall (Coach, Consultant and Digital Dance Producer).
Sync had been conducted in various parts of Europe, Australia, and South Korea. In 2019, the SIF worked with British Council Singapore, National Arts Council, and Very Special Arts to bring this programme to Singapore for the first time.
The Sync Singapore Programme 2019 saw participants from Singapore, Cambodia, and Malaysia take part in one-on-one coaching sessions and an intensive five-day workshop. Participants were equipped with leadership and practical skills that empowered them to forge their own paths in the arts sector.
Music Project at Hope Learning CentreIndonesia has about 14,000 refugees, largely from the Middle East. Cisarua – a mountain near Jakarta, Indonesia – served as a temporary haven for many refugees.
18 Afghan refugees attended a series of workshops in Cisarua’s Hope Learning Centre, facilitated by seven musicians from Singapore and Indonesia. It aimed to empower and improve the emotional wellbeing of these refugees, many of whom are in limbo as they await resettlement.
The musicians imparted basic music skills, facilitated musical storytelling sessions, and conducted various art activities. They also helped participants to develop musical compositions based on ideas and stories told by the refugees. The workshops culminated in a concert where musicians and participants performed their original compositions to an audience comprising 200 members of the Afghan refugee community.
The initiative helped musicians in this refugee community develop the skillsets required to run similar workshops. Subsequently, it enables them to contribute to other marginalised communities in Asia.
- Yong Siew Toh (YST) Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore
- Yayasan Bandung Philharmonic