Bicara Titian Budaya

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Community Engagement, fullwidth


Forum on Engaging Singapore-Malaysia Artistic & Cultural Communities

Saturday, 12 December 2015
9:30am-5:00pm | Black Box, Publika
FREE Admission

Bicara Titian Budaya features a stellar line up of Singapore and Malaysia cultural leaders from the two countries who will delve into panel discussions to deepen the knowledge and understanding of creative engagements.

Join us for cross-border networking as well as a unique theatre experience entitled Serunding and winning works from the Singapore Heritage Short Film Competition 2015.

Register now for this FREE-admission forum at and receive one of the following:
– One complimentary ticket to Titian Budaya Night at Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS on 8 Dec 2015 (for the first 30 registrants)*
– BE in the running to win one complimentary pass (admits 2 pax) to Art Stage Singapore from 21-24 January 2016 or Sing-Jazz Festival in March 2016.

*Terms and conditions apply.

For further enquiries, please email /

Panel Discussion I:

Malaysian and Singaporean storytellers share with us how they transcend boundaries of art and nation to tell tales that are truly Asia, while keeping uniquely local elements. In our hands, storytelling is a tool that not only entertains but also breaks down barriers, enabling empathy and inspiring us to think beyond our own world. How and why should we work together? What stories do we need to take us there?

Claire Wong | Director-Actor-Playwright | Checkpoint Theatre (Singapore- Malaysia)
Gwee Li Sui | Literary Critic, Poet and Graphic Artist (Singapore)
Jo Kukathas | Director-Actor-Playwright | Instant Café Theatre Company
Uthaya Sankar SB | Writer | Kumpulan Sasterawan Kavyan (Malaysia)
• Moderator: Tshiung Han See | Poet, writer, critic, editor

Panel Discussion II:

In all developing societies, community building has an integrative function to ensure social cohesion. We discuss the significance, practices and models in Malaysia and Singapore in developing a conscientised generation, particularly amongst youths. What are the different aims and challenges for artists in creating spaces for social engagement and community-building today?

Alvin Tan | Founder & Artistic Director | The Necessary Stage (Singapore)
Kenneth Kwok | Director, Arts & Youth and Strategic Planning | National Arts
Council (Singapore)
Norhayati Kaprawi | Documentary filmmaker (Malaysia)
Pauline Fan | Managing Director | Pusaka (Malaysia)
• Moderator: Fuad Rahmat | Editor | Projek Dialog (Malaysia)

Panel Discussion III:

Leading up to Borak Arts Series 2016 on the theme of “Bringing Arts Closer to Home”, we ask how artists and creative workers can collaborate with marginalized communities (the disabled, the poor, at-risk youths, minorities, etc) to make Malaysia or Singapore a home we can all call our own. How can such communities discover strength, voice and a sense of belonging through the creative process?

Dr Hartini Zainuddin | Founder of Chow Kit Foundation and CEO of Yayasan Siti Sapura Husin (Malaysia)
AKM Mohsin | Editor-in-Chief of Banglar Kantha and Organiser of Migrant Work Poetry (Singapore)
Liew Kung Yu | Artist, Community arts practitioner (Malaysia)
Woon Tien Wei | Artist & Curator | Post-Museum (Singapore)
• Moderator: Pang Khee Teik | Arts Consultant, Founder & Director | Art For Grabs (Malaysia)

Bicara Titian Budaya Schedule