City Hall: If Walls Could Talk - Workshop and Poetry Reading
If Walls Could Talk by Poetry Festival Singapore
Sat 7 Mar | 3–5.45pm
In conjunction with the immersive multimedia exhibition City Hall: If Walls Could Talk, Poetry Festival Singapore has organised a two-two-part programme consisting of a workshop and a poetry tour about the historic City Hall building. Formerly known as Municipal Building, this iconic monument has had a rich and colourful history since its completion in 1929; today, it forms one wing of National Gallery Singapore
In the workshop, poet Desmond Kon will share about the craft and process of creating ekphrastic poems in response to the exhibition. The poetry tour features nine poets who will read works at different locations within the Gallery’s Singapore’s City Hall Wing. Revel in Singapore poetry and learn how our multi-faceted memories and stories are intimately bound with the nation’s history.
The workshop is $10 per person; the poetry tour is free. To register, please visit http://ifwallscouldtalk.peatix.com
3–3.50 pm: Poetry workshop with Desmond Kon
City Hall Wing, Level B1, Seminar Rooms 3 & 4
4–5.45 pm: Poetry tour
Meeting point: City Hall Wing, Level 1, UOB City Hall Courtyard. This tour includes a 25-minute viewing of the multimedia exhibition, City Hall: If Walls Could Talk.
*NOTE: Tour will start punctually at 4.05 pm. Slots will be given to walk-ins if participants arrive later than 4.00 pm.
About City Hall: If Walls Could Talk
Built in 1929, City Hall was once known as the Municipal Building. Since then, this iconic monument, which has witnessed key events in Singapore’s history. City Hall: If Walls Could Talk is an immersive multimedia experience that takes visitors through the pivotal moments—spanning Singapore’s transformation from colony to city-state—that have occurred within the walls of this granddame. To find out more, click here.
About Desmond Kon
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of a novel, two hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. A former journalist, he has edited more than 15 books and co-produced three audiobooks. Among other accolades, Desmond is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, two Beverly Hills International Book Awards, and three Living Now Book Awards. He helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor.
About the poets
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé will join poets Crispin Rodrigues, Grace Chia, Andrea Yew, Hamed Ismail, Lim Rong Chan, Tan Chee Lay, MK Kumar and Ayilisha, all of whom will be performing their works during the poetry tour. The performances will be in Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.
About Poetry Festival Singapore (PFS)
PFS promotes poetry in all of the island's official languages and the other arts through programmes such as public readings, keynote addresses, craft workshops, panel discussions and poetry anthologies. PFS is supported by volunteers and other educators from the National University of Singapore, National Institute of Education, Republic Polytechnic and LASALLE College of the Arts. PFS’s primary aim is to promote literary excellence in a multilingual, multicultural and multi-generational setting.
About National Gallery Singapore
National Gallery Singapore is a leading visual arts institution which oversees the world’s largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian modern art. Situated at the birthplace of modern Singapore, in the heart of the Civic District, the Gallery is housed in two national monuments—City Hall and former Supreme Court—that have been beautifully restored and transformed into this exciting 64,000 square metres venue. Reflecting Singapore’s unique heritage and geographical location, the Gallery aims to be a progressive museum that creates dialogues between the art of Singapore, Southeast Asia and the world to foster and inspire a creative and inclusive society.
This event is organised as part of BuySingLit and supported by National Arts Council.
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