Remarks By Ms Jean Tan, SIF Executive Director, At Causeway Exchange Appreciation Night At Screening Room, The Arts House, Singapore

Mdm Nur Eliza Jemal Zainal, Acting High Commissioner of Malaysia to Singapore,  
Mr Shawn Lourdusamy, Director of Causeway Exchange,
Partners and friends,

I’m delighted to be here with you at the Causeway Exchange Appreciation Night.  I stand between you and a great film - “You Mean the World to Me” by Malaysian director Saw Teong Hin - so I’ll keep this short.

I’d like to congratulate Shawn on another successful iteration – the 9th of Causeway Exchange (CEX). As far as we know, this is the only regular arts exchange by and for the people of Malaysia and Singapore.  And since 2010, some 356 artists have presented a slice of their culture to over 38,000 audiences in both countries.  

At the Singapore International Foundation, we believe that a better world begins with better understanding. And such cross-cultural interactions provide insights that deepen mutual respect. We are excited to partner CEX in leveraging the arts to bridge communities.

But more than just connecting communities, we like to encourage collaboration between communities in the arts for positive social change. In this regard, we are proud to support for the third year, the distinctive ‘Arts and Healing’ component of the festival. A fortnight ago, CEX held a workshop that brought artists and therapists together to discuss the use of art and music for emotional and psychological healing. This year’s line-up also included a stand-up comedy – laughter is the best medicine - and a sensory-friendly theatre performance for persons with special needs.

On that note, let me thank our partners in arts and healing - the distinguished panellists from Malaysia and Singapore, Republic Polytechnic, Jurong Health and LASALLE College of the Arts for your generosity, time and support. And to all of you here, I hope you will continue to support this very special arts festival that brings people together for good. Have a lovely evening.



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