Once again acting as a platform to bridge ideas between Singapore and Malaysia’s creative, artistic, social and business communities, the CausewayEXchange (CEX) arts festival returns to Singapore for its 9th edition this September.
Alternating between taking place across both countries, this year’s edition will be held in Singapore, and will showcase a deeper focus on the role of the arts in health and for special needs children, continuing to collaborate with Singapore health institutions such as Ng Teng Fong General Hospital for its art as therapy programmes, exemplified in panel discussions exploring creative arts as a means for healing across both countries.
Taking place across three weekends in September, the first week will shine a spotlight on Creative Arts & Healing from 14th to 16th September, while the next weekend will focus on The Arts from 21st – 23rd September, before ending off with the Malaysian Film Festival from 28th to 30th September.
Highlights from the programme include literary events such as readings by Singaporean and Malaysian authors and poetry slams, panel discussions across all categories, Laughter is the Best Medicine stand-up comedy by Fong Muntoh, Republic Polytechnic Operation Theatre’s sensory-friendly performances for special needs children, and full-day creative and art workshops for health professionals and the general public presented by trained art therapists.
A total of 6 films will be showcased over the weekend of the Malaysian Film Festival, ranging from Ho Yuhang’s revenge action thriller Mrs K to Saw Teong Hin’s You Mean The World to Me, while filmmakers from both countries will be on a panel at the Arts Housediscussing the intricacies and crossovers between our shared history and film history on 29th September.
Says CEX festival organiser Shawn Lourdusamy : “We have found that by introducing new art forms to our programme line-up, such as introducing the Malaysian Film Festival and Creative Arts & Healing, our featured artistes have been able deepen their engagement with their audiences while reaching out to new ones. These programmes have resonated very well with audiences — old and new — that we are looking to make these regular highlights of the festival.”