Departing and Arriving
The theme for this year’s festival is Departing and Arriving, which addresses the sense of identity, belonging and journey in artistic creation. The theme connects to the heart of Singapore, a nation built up of migrants over the last two centuries. As a young nation, we question, search, trace and grow into being ”Singaporean” – a nationality of diverse religion, beliefs, and languages.
From a global perspective, Departing and Arriving also points to ongoing human movement, of commonalities between the experiences and encounters of different societies around the world. The festival hopes to uncover stories from communities and individuals of the past and present, as well as the characteristics of the artistic journey—where an idea or vision is expanded to a myriad of possibilities expressed through installation, videos, drawings and multimedia works.