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Chingay: THe IDEA OF A PARADE

17 February 2019

The annual light and sound parade that is Chingay celebrates its deep roots in Singapore’s CMIO ethos, a holdover of our colonial legacy, and rather fitting given this is the Bicentennial. But is that all a parade is supposed to be?

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100 Word Stories

SPIN

14 Feb 2019

The view from the top of the carousel is no different from the pack of suited skyscrapers behind; dizzying, panoramic, vast.

The harbour stretches below, carefully touristed to elate with all the right hashtags. Beyond, out of reach of the camera, lies the depthless sea. Lights from a thousand anchored ships, bereft of cargo, wait for a sea change.

High above, the pleasures of power last only until the attraction powers down, the elevators stop running and the windows lower their blinds one by one. 

In the end, we’re always taken for a ride.

100 Word Stories is a weekly series featuring flash fiction by Mackerel and photographs by Daniel Tan.


OUT & ABOUT

TIONG BAHRU BOOK CLUB

Join the Tiong Bahru Book Club on 13 February at 8pm as they pore over Tara Westover’s scintillating and terrifying memoir of growing up in a Mormon survivalist family in modern day Idaho.

Click here for more details.

Open Call: Our Imagined Futures

Photograph © Jon Gresham

Ethos Books and Margaret River Press are running an open call for an anthology of short stories that will be composed of ten stories by authors from Western Australia to be edited by Elizabeth Tan and ten stories by authors from Singapore to be edited by Jon Gresham.

The editors are looking for new works in response to the following topics:

-         Fear and hope
-         Heritage, roots and routes
-         Space / isolation – our relationships to the land and environment
-         Identity
-         Change

Head here for more information.

The Future of our Pasts

ORchard: A Stroll Between Valleys

TFOOPFest is a month-long festival (16 February to 17 March 2019) that explores lesser-known stories of the past and present. Organised by Yale-NUS as part of the Singapore Bicentennial, it will showcase 11 projects that investigate the less explored micro-narratives of Singapore’s history, presented via creative and artistic mediums, mainly performances, exhibitions, public installations, books, films, and a web documentary.

Check out their website for more information: http://futureofourpasts.com


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