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Preview: The Future of Our Pasts Festival by Yale-NUS College

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Organised by Yale-NUS College in support of the Singapore Bicentennial, next week sees the launch of the inaugural The Future of Our Pasts Festival (TFOOPFest), seeking to explore lesser-known narratives in Singapore history through various art mediums.

Running from 16th February to 17th March, the month-long festival features 11 projects created by local undergraduates, young artists and cultural advocates. The programme lineup is set to showcase a range of art forms that reimagine Singapore’s history, including installations, interactive musical and theatrical performances, the launch of a zine and graphic novel, film screenings, walking tours, and more.

ORchard: A Stroll Between Valleys

Highlights of the festival include plenty of interactive installations, encouraging audience engagement with works such as a walking tour around Singapore’s most popular shopping belt with ORchard: A Stroll Between Valleys,  watch Singapore’s oldest flea market springs to life again with Remembering Sungei, featuring artifacts and video interviews of vendors from the now defunct Sungei Road Thieves Market.  Or head to Bukit Ho Swee to rediscover Singapore’s housing history with First Storeys, a theatrical installation telling the untold stories of residents resettling from kampungs to HDB flats from 1950s to the ‘90s.

Remembering Sungei

Come tune in to music and conversations with Sarong Party for original compositions that spotlight Singapore’s colonial history and legacies, or Project IDIOM, which honours local Classical music through limited shows and a web repository of film and interviews and profiles spotlighting some of Singapore’s celebrated and emerging composers. Meet historian Nurfadzilah Yahaya, local writer Alfian Sa’at and conservator Kate Pocklington and engage with them in talks surrounding Singapore’s historical milestones and the intersection of art and history.

Sarong Party

In addition, the literary side of things also gets represented, with an exploration of Eurasian and Kristang culture through Boka di Stori’s new graphic novel Ki Sorti. Or the four feature-length documentaries about the national histories of IrelandUSACambodia and the Philippines being screened as part of the festival’s Reimaging Histories film series. Finally, check out MEANTIME, a zine that houses a collection of Singapore’s historical places and love stories from the past, and watch Rojak Romance, a documentary about a mixed-race couple’s trials and tribulations in CMIO-centric Singapore.


Together with Yale-NUS College, discover and understand our shared past to better build our future together, only with The Future of Our Pasts Festival happening across the country over the month ahead.

The Future of Our Pasts Festival runs from 16th February to 17th March 2019 across various locations. For more information about The Future of Our Pasts Festival, visit their website here

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