Celebrating Asian Content for the World’s Children
After a year’s hiatus, the Asian Festival of Children’s Content is back and is bigger, better and bolder! Organised by The Arts House and the National Book Development Council of Singapore, the Asian Festival of Children’s Content is a group of workshops, classes and panel discussions that brings content makers of children’s literature together to connect them to today’s increasingly connected children and youths.
“It’s going to be a gathering point for industry professionals, teachers and parents to celebrate and collaborate on new ways to engage the world’s children through Asian content,” says Mr Phan Ming Yen, Deputy General Manager at The Arts House. “This year’s festival is a significant milestone for The Arts House and is one of our initiatives as we move towards being a catalyst in the literary arts scene in Singapore.”
Adds Mr William Phuan, Director of Programmes and Marketing at The Arts House, “It’s a natural progression for us to move towards a literary arts focus. We want to continue to do what we are good at: Being a multidisciplinary arts centre that encourages and facilitates cross-pollination of different art forms, but now with a greater emphasis on the use of text as a starting point.”
The Asian Festival of Children’s Content aims to provide a platform for children’s content industry players to network as well as host established and emerging writers, illustrators and content producers. Renowned picture book illustrator and writer, Chen Chih-Yuan from Taiwan, children’s literature specialist, Dr. Murti Bunata from Indonesia, Hong Kong’s best selling English author, Nury Vittachi, publishing directors at Scholastic India, Sayoni Basu and Anushka Ravishankar, as well as H.E. Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, children’s writer, Nobel Prize recepient and President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and more will sharing their ideas and thoughts during the three days of activities at The Arts House for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content.
As the world’s top minds and talents come together for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content, industry professionals in Singapore and around the region can celebrate being part of the pulse by signing up for either the one, two or three-day packages currently available.
Ms Kirstie Wong
Executive, Marketing and Communications
The Arts House
Tel: (65) 6332 6903
Mr R. Ramachandran
Asian Festival of Children’s Content
Tel: (65) 9459 7154
About The Arts House
The Arts House since its opening in 2004, has been offering its visitors a broad spectrum of lifestyle options, while at the same time playing an active role in the Singapore arts and creative scene.
From 2011, The Arts House will focus on the development of Literary Arts, while supporting and presenting programmes and festivals that aim to give a wide and multidisciplinary experience to our audiences along the theme of "Writing our Worlds" this year. For more information, please go to www.theartshouse.com.sg.
About The National Book Development Council of Singapore
The National Book Development Council of Singapore (The Book Council) is a non-profit, charitable organisation committed to addressing the needs of publishers, book suppliers, libraries as well as the reading and the literary communities. Founded in 1969, it has in the last three decades set the stage for a vibrant library and literary arts community in Singapore.
The Book Council has now set its sights on energizing publishers, writers and related professionals with the objective of developing Singapore into an International centre for writers and publishers of Asian content. For more information, please go to www.bookcouncil.sg.
Programmes for Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2011
Asian Children's Writers & Illustrators Conference, 26 & 27 May 2011 (Thurs & Fri)
Conference Director: R Ramachandran, Executive Director, National Book Development Council of Singapore
Conference Consultant: Pooja Makhijani, Editor and Author, US/Singapore
Do you write stories or publish content for young readers? Or are you a writer/illustrator of children’s books? Whatever your publishing goals, objectives as a writer or teacher of children, the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference (ACWIC) 2011 is the place to be, to network and do business with publishing professionals, from first-time authors to seasoned editors. Book your place now!
For: Writers, illustrators, preschool and primary school teachers, publishers, librarians, literary agents, distributors and retailers, translators, and other professionals related to children’s content
Asian Children’s Publishers Symposium, 27 May 2011 (Fri)
Symposium Director: June Oei, Publishing Consultant, Defining Reality, Singapore
The sky’s the limit on the Asian children’s content horizon and the Asian Children’s Publishers Symposium 2011 moves the needle forward. Get the buzz on an untapped industry for small readers with the big potential as we bring together content makers, international buyers and users searching for books and related materials for children.
For: Publishers, writers, printers, librarians, literary agents, distributors and retailers
Asian Children’s Media Summit, 28 May 2011 (Sat)
Summit Director: Joanne Teoh, Founding Editor of Webs@Work and Director, Sapphire Studios, Singapore
Summit Consultant: Greg Childs, Media Consultant and Former BBC Children’s Producer and Commissioner, UK
Children are connecting with content on multiple media platforms. Learn how to engage and enthuse this 24/7 iGeneration with new insights in this dynamic media landscape. Connect with media-providers at theAsian Children’s Media Summit 2011. Share cross-sector experience and plan for the digital future at this unique pan-media event.
For: Publishers, writers, librarians, broadcasters, filmmakers, journalists, scholars, educators and others interested in exploring the future of children's media
Asian Primary and Preschool Teachers Congress, 28 May 2011 (Sat)
Congress Directors: Dr. Chitra Shegar, Asst Professor, National Institute of Education, Singapore and Dr. Susan-Harris Sharples, Professor Emeritus of Education, Wheelock College, US
Children’s reading achievement is not only correlated with language proficiency, but is also a good predictor of overall academic achievement. Today, teachers need to know that the notion of a book has been extended to include e-books and other electronic sources.
The Asian Primary and Preschool Teachers Congress 2011 will provide theoretical and research evidence to reiterate the importance of reading given its impact on language and academic achievement and orient teachers to the extended notion of ‘books’ in the 21st century. These concurrent sessions will provide teachers with information on books and showcase best practices that have the potential to enrich all literary experiences.
For: Primary, preschool and kindergarten teachers, parents and librarians