Published On: November 3, 2023- Last Updated: November 25, 2023- 3 min read-

The Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) Returns for an Exciting 2023 Edition

The highly anticipated Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) is back again this November 17-26, shining the spotlight on local and international literary talents.

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Source: Singapore Writers Festival via Facebook

Managed by Arts House Limited since its inception in 1986, SWF has grown into one of Asia’s premier literary festivals – a cultural extravaganza celebrating the written and spoken word.

This year’s theme “Bold + Unexpected” aims to embrace unpredictability and spur excitement by bringing together seemingly disparate elements. SWF 2023 will explore what happens when two unlike things combine to potentially create something magical and new. For instance, rap music frequently employs literary techniques like alliteration and metaphor. Does this blend of music and poetic devices make rap a modern form of literature? The festival’s diverse lineup of over 200 events will provide plenty of opportunities to experience these types of bold and unexpected literary collisions.

Singapore Writers Festival

Source: Singapore Writers Festival

While SWF’s jam-packed schedule spans a full 10 days, the main festival runs Wednesday to Sunday over two consecutive weekends. Expect immersive literary experiences, author meet-and-greets, panel discussions, film screenings, and live music and performances. Prominent authors gracing the stages this year include Ocean Vuong, Celeste Ng, Tommy Orange, and Viet Thanh Nguyen. Check SWF’s website for the complete list of featured authors and events.

Singapore Writers

Source: Singapore Writers Festival

A major highlight at SWF is the focus on Singaporean literature. Attendees can explore homegrown stories, art, and performances in Singapore’s four official languages – English, Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil.

Intriguing Malay programs include a traditional Dikir Barat musical face-off and a literary scavenger hunt decoding ancient manuscripts. Chinese activities give guests hands-on lessons in classical poetry, calligraphy, and letterpress printing. And while specific Tamil activities are still to be announced, we can count on SWF to deliver cultural experiences representing all of Singapore’s linguistic diversity.

Catering to literary buffs and casual attendees alike, SWF offers something for everyone. Budding writers can network, gain motivation, and sharpen their craft. Performance art, film, and music provide access points for those less interested in the traditional literary arts. No matter your reasons for attending, SWF aims to invigorate through the transformative power of storytelling.

Passes granting discounts on festival activities cost $30 for a Standard Pass or $15 for a Youth Pass. But much of SWF’s extensive programming is freely accessible, letting Singaporeans and visitors immerse themselves in diverse cultures and uncover talented emerging voices.

Don’t miss out on the Singapore Writers Festival’s return November 17-26, 2023. Check the SWF website for the full schedule and lineup. This unparalleled showcase of creative talents and bold literary experimentation promises an experience you won’t forget.

Website: Singapore Writers Festival
Date: 17th – 26th November 2023
Location: Asian Civilisations Museum + Multiple Others
Opening Hours: Opening Night (6pm – 10pm), Weds – Fri (6pm – 10pm), Sat – Sun ( 9.30am – 10pm), Closing Day (9.30am – 7pm)

Ticket Prices: $30 Standard, $15 Youth

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