The European Union and LASALLE College of the Arts launch inaugural European Union Writers Festival

As the European Union marks 60 years, the European Union Delegation to Singapore deepens its cultural connections with Singapore. On May 25-26, together with LASALLE College of the Arts, the EU launches its inaugural European Union Writers Festival (EUWF).

With EUWF, the EU Delegation to Singapore and LASALLE College of the Arts join their efforts to create a platform showcasing European authors based in Singapore. Through an opening event and a full-day of panel discussions on May 26, this festival will use literature and words to add to the rich Singapore-Europe dialogue and deepen long-established European connections in the city-state.

Says Dr Michael Pulch, European Union Ambassador to Singapore: “We celebrate literature with our inaugural European Union Writers Festival.”

Discussions to launch this festival started nine months ago and Dr Pulch adds the “aim is to create a platform for European writers and publishers based in Singapore to discuss their work and the many ideas that inspire writing in many forms.”

“We are delighted to partner with LASALLE College of the Arts. As we mark 60 years of the European Union and 40 years of EU-ASEAN ties, this collaboration strengthens our long- established connections with the city-state. It adds to the rich artistic and cultural dialogue between Europe and Singapore,” says Dr Pulch.

“This partnership reflects true creative collaboration where our faculty and students will actively contribute to and engage with notable European writers, publishers and directors. One of LASALLE’s strongest propositions is that we constantly seek to create avenues that ignite creativity, conversation and connection, for faculty and students, both inside the classroom and out of it. This writers’ festival is one prime example, with an esteemed partner,” says Professor Steve Dixon, President, LASALLE College of the Arts.

EUWF is a celebration of culture and literature that has the natural potential to travel beyond borders.

Says Dr Darryl Whetter, Programme Leader, MA Creative Writing, LASALLE College of the Arts: “This cultural fusion is even more obvious here in the European Union Writers  Festival’s combination of firsts: our MA Creative Writing is the first taught Creative Writing MA in Singapore and Southeast Asia, and we are delighted to co-host this inaugural version of the European Union Writers Festival in the first semester of the first year of this exciting new Creative Writing MA. Like all good stories, ours has a dramatic beginning and an interesting cast of diverse characters”.

Another first for this inaugural festival: the British Council is working with the European  Writers Festival  in  an  effort  to  present  a  more  inclusive Festival by supporting the EUWF accessibility programme. The programme consists of introducing sign language interpretation for participants with hearing impairments at selected events. British Council is pioneering this programme as part of their wider Inclusive Arts campaign. Inclusion, diversity and equality are at the core of the British Council’s global cultural relations aims and part of building trust, respect and understanding between the UK and Singapore.

Says Dr Sarah Meisch Lionetto, Director of Arts, British Council Singapore: “With a programme of research, awareness raising events and projects, our work in the arts endeavours over the next few years to contribute to a dynamic and inclusive cultural scene  in Singapore where disabled artists and patrons are able to access equal opportunities to participate in the arts.”

Details of the European Union Writers Festival

Date: May 25 (Opening Night from 6pm to 7pm)

Venue: LASALLE College of the Arts

1, McNally Street – Singapore 187940

Admission: Free

MRT: Rochor

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