Friendship across Cultures
The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) celebrated International Friendship Day 2014 with members of the international community – in an event filled with cultural performances, interaction and shared insights on global citizenship.
“Festival of Nations”, this year’s theme for the annual event organised by Connexions International (CXI), saw members of the international community, including India, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the UK and Myanmar, come together to interact with Singaporeans.
Held at the National Library Board (NLB) premises, the SIF exhibition booth stood alongside those from the Sri Lankan, Turkish and Polish communities. Our staffers interacted with members from the international community, and shared with them details about our work in the areas of healthcare, education, environment, business and livelihood, and arts and culture. Members of the public were also treated to dance performances by our friends from Cambodia and the Philippines.
Running concurrently with the exhibition, a Global Citizenship forum was also held at the NLB. The forum was attended by local and international students and members of the diplomatic community. At the forum, SIF shared insights on the important role our citizen ambassadors play in helping build a better world.
We were heartened by the interest shown by many in the work that we do.
Amongst them was Jowyn Goh who spent the last two years volunteering as an English teacher in China. The project manager was excited to learn about our specialists projects in overseas communities and immediately signed up to keep in touch with us.
Anton Moreau, a French national who has been working in Singapore for the past 5 years, told us that he enjoys reading the Singapore magazine, as it presents the lesser known facets of Singapore such as Artichoke, a local restaurant that operates on a ‘farm-to-table’ concept, growing herbs and vegetables in their own garden rather than procuring them from a supplier.
Heritage consultant Andrew Tan was intrigued by the work we do with local and overseas artists – in particular, our AiRX programme. Andrew hoped that we could work with more artists from China and showcase the work of Singaporean artists in the “middle kingdom”.
The event ended with what we hope is the beginning of many inter-cultural friendships that were formed that day.
Below are some highlights from the event:
Finding Refuge and Friendships through Music in Cisarua, Indonesia
As part of its ongoing efforts to champion Arts for Good, the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) presented the Music Project, a series of workshops for Afghan refugees facilitated by musicians from Singapore and Indonesia.
The Arts for Good Fellowship Wraps Up in Chennai with Fellows Striving to Empower Youth Through the Arts
The second edition of SIF’s Arts for Good (A4G) Fellowship saw Fellows from 10 countries reconvene to share best practices, exchange insights and collaborate on several arts-based projects.
The Ten-Year Singapore-Indonesia Collaboration in Palliative Care Further Expands to West Java
The new collaboration will see the re-engagement of five master trainers from earlier projects in Jakarta contributing as mentors in Bandung – a testimony to its sustainability.
Occupational Therapy for Children with Special Needs in Jakarta
Riding on the success of an earlier special education (SPED) project in Medan, Indonesia, the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) launched a four-year SPED training project in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 25 February 2019. The project,...
Journey with our favourite local personalities as they team up with our Singapore International Volunteers to do good overseas!