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.

The inaugural Singapore National Poetry Festival (NPF) is set to celebrate the island’s poetry in all its four official languages through readings and reflections by both established and emerging poets from July 24 to 26 at LASALLE College of the Arts at 1 McNally St, Singapore 187940.

The first platform of its kind in recent years to celebrate the whole range of Singapore poetry, the NPF is mainly organised by poets writing in the four different languages — Eric Tinsay Valles, K. Kanagalatha, Azhar Ibrahim, Tan Chee Lay — with the support of Cultural Medallion winner Edwin Thumboo, educators Michelle Loh, Khoo Lilin, Ian Chung, Kevin Hing, Zachary Tan and student volunteers. NPF will also hold readings and other events at the National Library, Gardens by the Bay, the Grassroots Bookshop and the Gan Heritage Centre.