One of Asia’s premier literary events is happening in two days! It’s back this year with the theme, “Transactions”.
Here’s more from the organizers:
“SWF 2011’s theme reminds us how transactions underscore our daily lives – from our individual purchase and consumption of goods and services, including the arts, to the larger business dealings and trade that underpin the global economy today.
As Singapore becomes more affluent, how does the lure of lucre distract us from what is important in life and what is truly to be valued? How does money catalyze, stimulate or even hinder art? In an increasingly transactional world, where is the space for inspiration, and creating for pleasure?
These are just some of the topics to be explored and debated among the writers and thinkers in Singapore and internationally. Some of the writers invited this year will expand, and cast different perspectives on the transaction theme. They include popular economist Steven Levitt, Swedish writer Kari Nars who looks at the world’s most unscrupulous fraudsters and creative writers who grapple with themes of poverty such as the late Kuo Pao Kun, and novelists Manu Joseph and Vikas Swarup. On the other extreme, Chinese writers like Chan Koon Chung examine how sudden affluence has impacted contemporary urban society in China.”
Transaction at another level can be broadened to the marketplace of ideas that we envision at the Singapore Writers Festival. We certainly hope to see Singapore’s writers – from aspiring to established and in all four national languages – enjoy and benefit from the thoughtful exchanges and rich conversations with their international counterparts.
For the Singapore audience, SWF 2011 is the ideal opportunity to be engaged by thought-provoking writers and thinkers, to be enthralled by moving stories and beautiful poetry, and to be inspired by a celebration of ideas.”
With events, kids’ activities and art installations spread across a variety of locations (Singapore Management University, Singapore Art Museum and National Museum), the week-long event is for anyone and everyone!
The festival press is priced very reasonably at 15 dollars. We already got our tickets (weeks ago!). You should, too!
If you’re not yet convinced, check out this spoiler video from festival director, Paul Tan: