Singapore Traditional Arts Group and Writers in Overseas Showcases


Education Conference

For the first time, Singapore’s blend of Nanyin music and Liyuan Opera will be presented in Spain at the International Society for Music Educators (ISME) World Conference.  Homegrown group Siong Leng Musical Association, together with Dr Sylvia Chong from the National Institute of Education, will conduct a workshop for music educators to introduce these traditional art forms at ISME from 11 to 16 July. 


Siong Leng will also perform at one of ISME’s nightly concert showcases.  In addition, they have also been invited by the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife to put up a public performance at the Museo de la Naturaleza y el hombre.

At the workshop, Siong Leng will demonstrate the use of a resource kit, produced by the company and NAC, to help teachers in Singapore introduce the art forms to students.  Students from different ethnic backgrounds could appreciate the music and were able to learn the opera songs quickly.  Siong Leng’s participation at ISME is supported by NAC. 

ISME was formed at a conference convened by UNESCO in 1953 “to stimulate music education as an integral part of general education”.  It comprises a worldwide community of music educators with the aim to foster international and intercultural understanding and cooperation through sharing knowledge, experiences and expertise in music education, and thereby nurture, advocate and promote music education and education through music in all parts of the world.


Literary Festival

Singapore writers will join renowned writers from around the world at the Citigroup Kuala Lumpur International Literary Festival from 29 July to 1 August. The event will see writers and academics sharing and exchanging ideas on literary issues.  Alfian Sa’at will be delivering a workshop while Eddie Tay, Gui Wei Hsin and Kirpal Singh will be speaking on various topics during the four-day event.  The other Singapore writers participating in the Festival include Yong Shu Hoong, Alvin Pang, Terence Heng, Felix Cheong, Toh Hsien Min, Eleanor Wong, Madeleine Lee, Paul Tan and Suchen Christine Lim. 


Our writers join others from more than 10 countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Australia and Switzerland.  Highlights of the festival include a literary conference with the theme “Evolving Faces - Identities and the printed page”, a creative writing course from a leading university in Australia and a Bloom's Day Centenary celebrations with a photo exhibition and readings by actors in period costumes by the Irish Embassy.


More information on the events can be found at: