CausewayExchange Arts and Healing Programmes 2017

Professionals in the arts, medical and social sectors from Singapore and Malaysia came together to explore the role of the arts in the field of therapy and medicine through 2017’s Arts and Healing programme under the CausewayEXchange platform in Kuala Lumpur.

The Singapore International Foundation is once again supporting this series of projects to harness the arts and culture for positive social change within our communities as a main partner, together with the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur. This edition is co-organised by DMR Productions and Global Cultural Alliance, with support from the National Arts Council of Singapore.

Mr Stevens Chan, Founder of Dialogue In The Dark Malaysia, (third from left) shared his hopes that the show Concert in the Dark - a live musical performance that takes place in complete darkness - will promote greater awareness, empathy and action for those with visual impairment.
Members of the audience being led into an entirely darkened theatre before Concert in the Dark begins which was conducted entirely in darkness, for audiences to gain insights into the world of those with visual impairment.
Concert in the Dark was organised in collaboration with Dialogue in the Dark Malaysia, with the support of Malaysian and Singaporean musicians and comedians coming together to lend their support for the programme.
Lending their support to CausewayEXchange (CEX) are (from left) Datin Dr Nor Akma binti Yusuf, Senior Deputy Director, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Phan Ming Yen, Organiser, CEX, Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai, Malaysian Deputy Director, General of Health, Mark Neo, Deputy High Commissioner, Embassy of Singapore in Malaysia and Shawn Lourdusamy, Organiser, CEX.
Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai, Malaysian Deputy Director General of Health, delivered welcome remarks to the audiences to kick off the Healing through Arts forum on the second day of CausewayEXchange Arts and Healing.
A mixed panel from Malaysia and Singapore comprising (second from left to right) art therapists Ronald Lay, Gurpreet Kaur Kalsi, Lim Kar Gee, Deborah Chen, Alvin Khoo, Loi Wei Ming and Vanitha Chandrasegaram, discussed the topic ‘How powerful is the creative arts as a medicine?’.
The arts can be important in the early prevention, detection, treatment and rehabilitation of illnesses…Singapore and Malaysia are connected in many ways, and we can build on the connectedness for Art & Healing, says Dr Aminah Kassim, Consultant Psychiatrist at the Child and Adolescence Department, Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
Singaporean world fusion music group Flame of the Forest leading a session on engagement through music during the CausewayEXchange Arts and Healing. Collaborating with them are Malaysian therapists Gurpreet Kaur Kalsi and Lim Kar Gee as well as Singaporean Loi Wei Ming.
Participants at a workshop conducted by Gurpreet Kaur Kalsi during CausewayEXchange Arts and Healing, learning about the benefits of dramatherapy as a form of therapy.
A pre-performance workshop of How Singapore Got Its Name gave children with special needs the opportunity to create their own props for the performance.
Students from Singapore’s Republic Polytechnic School of Technology for the Arts working with children with special needs to re-enact the story of the founding of Singapore.
Theatre practitioner Samantha Bounaparte, organiser of CausewayEXchange Arts and Healing and students from Singapore’s Republic Polytechnic School of Technology for the Arts celebrating the completion of How Singapore Got Its Name, a sensory-friendly performance for children with special needs.

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