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In Review: Singapore Writers Festival 2018 Strips Language Barriers & Universal Boundaries

The eventful Singapore Writers Festival (SWF), organised by the National Arts Council to champion and cultivate an appreciation for literary arts and culture was held from 2 to 11 November 2018. There is a concerted effort to expose the general public to global literature beyond those written originally in the English language. This is a welcome change as Singapore’s education system is often very centralized on English literature, limiting the perception of what literature can be and what different languages can offer. While I find the programs to be generally illuminating and enjoyable, I also see the potentialities in further…

Jude Young Interview: Life is Infinitely Inspiring

One of the first major local releases of 2016 comes from a promising, new face with a voice that will cement itself in the hearts of many. At just 22, Jude Young has already made some major appearances, performing at events such as Esplanade’s Yfest 2013 and the Noise Singapore 2014 Festival Exhibition. His honest songs are tinged with a youthful exuberance (much like the man himself) that is sure to leave an indelible mark on the local music scene. Jude’s new single, aptly titled “Young”, is a rousing anthem with a string arrangement backing his lush, earnest vocals. Its positive…