Events & Happenings


TheatreWorks’ Managing Director and Director of Arts Network Asia, TAY Tong, is invited to speak at the upcoming arts forum, PERFORMING THE LOCAL IN SINGAPORE ARTS on the 15 September 2013. The forum, which consists of two sessions, involves 6 arts leaders in Singapore.
The arts in Singapore have changed substantially within the past two decades. Since the 1970s, when Singapore was recognised as a ‘cultural desert’, the arts industry in Singapore has managed to garner more state funding, developed better infrastructural arts centres, and nurtured more young people in the arts. Despite having a theatre and a museum ensconced in the heart of our latest ‘icon’, the Marina Bay Sands convention complex, we still hear arts practitioners and other participants asking, “Where are the arts going to now? There’s so much going on…” By the 1980s, the contemporary art forms in the visual arts and theatre became prominent and the questions regarding the role of arts and cultural identity seemed clearer. This forum will offer reflections of various arts practitioners and administrators on their artistic and leadership practices in relation to their understanding of the state of the arts today.
The arts forum is organised by the Literary and Cultural Studies Cluster, Nanyang Technological University.
Date: 15 September 2013, Sunday

Time: 10.30am – 4pm
Venue: The Substation Theatre
10.30am – 12.30pm

Session One
Moderator:   C.J.W.L. Wee (NTU)
Speakers:    Tay Tong (Managing Director, TheatreWorks, and Director, Arts Network Asia)
                   Kok Heng Leun (Artistic Director, DramaBox)
                   Noor Effendy Ibrahim (Artistic Director, The Substation)
2pm – 4pm

Session Two
Moderator:   Peter Schoppert (NUS Press)
Speakers:    Louis Ho (Editor, Grey Projects)
                   Susie Lingham (Director Designate, Singapore Art Museum)
                   Ivan Heng (Artistic Director, W!ld Rice)

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Managing Director of TheatreWorks and Director of Arts Network Asia, TAY Tong, is invited to speak at an upcoming PUBLIC FORUM – CULTURAL LEADERSHIP: THE ASIAN WAY? in Hong Kong. He will speak on Nurturing Cultural Talent in Asia.

With the creative and cultural sector growing in complexity and importance throughout the world, PUBLIC FORUM – CULTURAL LEADERSHIP: THE ASIAN WAY? aims to provide a platform for the future leaders and innovators of the creative and cultural sector to develop ideas, skills and networks to drive the sector forward and ensure its relevance to the changing and culturally diverse societies. The forum, which consists of five sessions, involves 22 cultural leaders from Asia and the UK.

This forum is organised by The Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme (ACLP) at The University of Hong Kong and The British Council and takes place at the Asia Society in Hong Kong.

Date:   26 July 2013, Friday

Time:   9.30am – 5.30pm

Venue: The Hong Kong Jockey Club Hall, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

Fee:   HK$1,000 (Full rate)

          HK$880 (Early-bird rate till 12 July 2013)

          HK$550 (Full-time student)

To register, please go to Registration closes on 23 July 2013.


+ OCCUPY THE MUSEUM - Conceived and Co-directed by ONG Keng Sen for ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival #30, Vienna, 3 - 4 AUGUST 2013

Artistic Director ONG Keng Sen conceived OCCUPY THE MUSEUM for the upcoming ImPulsTanz, the premier contemporary dance festival in Vienna. OCCUPY THE MUSUEM is an interactive hub of discourse, exchange and performance with a focus on “Dance in Asia”. This project that takes place in galleries and rooms at the Weltmuseum Wien, involves 15 international choreographers.

"Over the course of 'Occupy the Museum', dance artists will focus on the agency of exhibition and display and undoing the ethnographic. Through interviews with the labour around the museum, the power construction of heritage will be reperformed by the occupiers. The occupiers will focus on the creation of value and its circulation by the empire."

ONG Keng Sen, 20 May 2013
(With thanks to BKG)

OCCUPY THE MUSEUM is a collaboration between Weltmuseum Wien and ImPulsTanz.  It is directed by ONG Keng Sen and Michael STOLHOFER. 
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To download ImPulsTanz’s Press Release, click here.


+ ARCHIVE FEVER – dancing with the archive Colombo, Sri Lanka, 8 – 11 November 2012

Our Artistic Director, Ong Keng Sen, is curating a contemporary dance festival entitled Archive Fever - Dancing with the Archive. It is organised and presented by Goethe Institute, Colombo

Artistic Director Ong Keng Sen will be giving a keynote adress in the Res Artis General Meeting 2012 Tokyo on 27 October 2012 (Sat) on Intra-continental Collaboration held in Tokyo, Japan. He will be addressing the significance and potential of networks within regions and continents between Asia, Europe and North America. This is also of the many new projects furthering intra-continental dialogue that have sprung up together with Manifesta, a pioneering in Europe that stressed the need for sharing a sense of values.

Date: 27 October 2012
Time: 9.30am - 10.45am
Venue: U Thant International Conference Hall (Tokyo, Japan)
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