By Eric Tinsay Valles
The National Poetry Festival turns two years old. It is hosting 60+ poets in 25 events over 3 days from July 29 to 31. A few of these events explore collaborations across cultures and between poetry and other art forms.
NPF 2016 has something for every poetry lover in its programme line-up. Here are a few standouts:
- A double bill comprising the festival keynote speech by Prof. Koh Tai Ann and a poetry performance by Pooja Nansi at the National Museum’s Gallery Theatre (Basement), 11am to noon, on July 30. The literary critic who recorded the LKY quote “Poetry is a luxury we cannot afford” evaluates poetry in post-LKY Singapore. She will share the stage with a poet who burns the page with spirited performance.
- “Reflecting on the Spirit” readings with Edwin Thumboo and Grace Leong (wayang puppeteer), Chandran Nair, Boey Kim Cheng, Ow Yeong Wai Kit, Michelle Ang, Aaron Lee, Daren Shiau, a performance by Psalmideo (choir), more readings with Eric Tinsay Valles, Zhang Ruihe, Chris Mooney Singh, K. Kanagalatha, Muzakkir Samat and Khair Yassin (performing on guitar) at LASALLE College of the Arts’ Campus Green, 4 to 5pm, on July 31. Let your spirit soar as poets and artists look into themselves and read the world through their personal faith and various spiritual traditions.