Singapore International Story Telling Festival 2007
Singapore, 24 May 2007 –The stories just get bigger with Singapore International Story Telling Festival (SISF) as it enters its second year.
This year, the second Singapore International Story Telling Festival which was initiated by the National Book Development Council of Singapore in August 2006 will see developments in two major areas. The SISF has grown in scale to include programmes that specifically target corporate and the creative industries and it will also see a new co-organiser: the NBDCS has roped in The Arts House as a partner to help further develop the festival this year!
Where the first SISF in August 2006 saw audiences comprising mainly librarians, teachers and children, the two-week story telling festival to be held at The Arts House from 24 August to 9 September 2007 has expanded its programmes to include experts sharing their experiences on story making in their fields which will prove beneficial for photographers, performing artists, aspiring authors, writers, social workers, counsellors and even corporations looking to jazz up their marketing or internal communications through the use of stories and storytelling.
Said Mr. R. Ramachandran, Executive Director of NBDCS, “We have focused this year’s festival on story making as we feel that stories form the foundation of all creative activities. With useful tips picked up from the seminars and workshops, participants will be able to develop good stories to enhance their presentations – be it in the oral tradition, print, film or broadcast media.
Of significance too is that we co-organising this year’s festival with The Arts House, which is not only ideal as a venue for storytelling and creative expression is strong in its administrative capacity to support the development of our art. Its cosy and intimate spaces within a historical building with rich heritage add a unique experience for all and we are confident that this partnership will further grow the literary arts industry in Singapore as well as mark a significant milestone in the national movement of developing a creative Singapore through story making!”
Said Mr. Phan Ming Yen, Director, Artistic Development of The Arts House, “Our collaboration with the NBDCS to further develop the Singapore International Story Telling Festivalis a sign of The Arts House’s commitment towards working with Singapore arts groups, organisations or artists with the aim of developing the variety of art forms available to Singapore audiences and to further enrich our experience and the arts scene. This collaboration with NBDCS is just one instance of our intent to develop partnerships. We are already co-organising the upcoming Singapore Writers Festival with the National Arts Council in December. We hope to be able to work more with other arts groups or organisations with the aim of growing the scene.”
Singapore International Story Telling Festival 2007 will celebrate the ancient art of storytelling aimed at promoting and examining the role of storytelling in society and culture through a series of seminars, two major performance-based presentations – Sayang Singapore and the International Storytellers Showcase, as well as the Asian Congress of Storytellers – an intensive two-day programme that includes keynote addresses, workshops, a story clinic and performances. A storytelling competition will also be held for primary school children on the theme "Stories My Grandparents ToldMe."
Key storytellers include Ms. Evelyn Clark, the American author of Around the Corporate Campfire: How great Leaders Use Stories to Inspire Success and workshop leader for multinational companies such as Microsoft, Western Wireless and World Vision; Ms. Fran Stallings, a storyteller, author and recording artist with a PhD in Biology, who incorporates her concern and respect for the environment into a rich repertoire of stories; Mr. Antonio Rocha, acclaimed mime artist and literary arts performer; Ms. Rosemarie Somaiah, one of Singapore’s best-selling children’s author and much-loved storyteller; as well as Ms. Emily Cooper, versatile dancer and one of the leading artists in Australia.
Singapore International Story Telling Festival 2007 is co-organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and The Arts House, and is sponsored by Lee Foundation; the National Arts Council (NAC); and Reader’s Digest. The festival is also supported by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS); Media Development Authority (MDA); Ministry of Education (MOE); National Library Board (NLB); Speak Good English Movement; Nexus; National Heritage Board (NHB); Yayasan Mendaki; Acres Bookz; Australian High Commission; Barang Barang Pte Ltd; Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC); The Eurasion Association, Singapore (EA); Acropolis English Centre; North East CDC; People’s Association (PA); Scholastic; Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA); Society for Reading and Literacy; IKEA; Acmamall.com; and Storytelling Association (S).
Registration & Ticketing Information
SEMINARS & ASIAN CONGRESS OF STORYTELLERS
Early Bird Bookings
Applicable for registration and payment before 14 July 2007.
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Register for 2 or more seminars and enjoy additional savings! (Same name registration)
i) An additional 5% off on early bird and group rates
ii) An additional 10% off on normal rates.
SAYANG SINGAPORE & INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLERS SHOWCASE
Please contact The Arts House Box Office at:
Address: 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Hotline: +65 6332 6919
Monday to Friday: 10am 8pm
Saturdays: 11am - 8pm
*For Sunday events, Box Office will open 1 hour before show time till 30 minutes after show starts.
A ticketing fee of $1 is applicable for all tickets.
National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS)
National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) is a non-profit umbrella body inaugurated in 1969 to promote storytelling, reading, writing and publishing, with a current objective to establish and develop Singapore as the Asian centre for publishing and the literary arts. NBDCS brings Singapore book industry and literary community together through industry events, courses, seminars, conferences and author lectures. NBDCS has been organising the prestigious Singapore Literature Prizesince 1990 and also manages the Centre for Literary Arts and Publishing and Singapore Writers Centre. www.bookcouncil.sg
The Arts House at the Old Parliament
Officially opened on 26 March 2004, The Arts House at the Old Parliament is the only gazetted historic government building which has been designated as an arts and heritage venue. The 180-year-old national monument was originally built in 1827 as a home for a Scottish merchant but subsequently became Singapore’s first Court House and former Parliament House. The Arts House is now a multidisciplinary arts centre that offers visitors the opportunity to create their own mix of activities from a broad spectrum of engaging, contemporary arts events, entertainment and lifestyle options. The Arts House is managed by The Old Parliament House Limited, a not-for-profit full-service arts management company limited by guarantee. For further information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg.
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