Other Tongues – A Minority Voices Festival in Singapore (7 - 8 December 2018)

26 Nov 2018

Other Tongues is a Youth Poet Ambassador public programme and is the final programme in poet, Pooja Nansi’s tenure as the inaugural Youth Poet Ambassador (YPA) from 2017 to 2018.


Other Tongues is a literary festival that centers voices from minority communities in Singapore. The Festival is invested in promoting diversity by encouraging and empowering young people from minority communities across language groups to participate actively in the literary scene.


Other Tongues believes deeply in the power of text-based work to create constructive dialogue across language groups about issues facing young people within minority communities in Singapore today.


The festival runs over two days, from Friday to Saturday, December 7th to 8th, and features performances, panels and workshops in multiple locations around the Kampong Glam and Little India areas, including The Projector, Haque Centre for Acting and Creativity and our venue supporter, Sing Lit Station. Artists featured in the programmes range from established names such as Alfian Sa’at, Haresh Sharma, Balli Kaur Jaswal, Effendy Ibrahim, Bani Haykal, Siti K and Marc Nair, as well as upcoming names in the local spoken word and poetry scene, Zeha H., Atiq Lukman, Andre D’Rozario and Muslim Sahib. More than 35 artists will be featured in this festival.

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Other Tongues – A Minority Voices Festival
Organised as part of: The Youth Poet Ambassador (YPA) Programmes
Managed by: Poetry Festival (Singapore)

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[From Spread The Word UK]

Over the last few weeks, Spread the Word has been incredibly fortunate to host Singaporean Youth Poetry Ambassador, Pooja Nansi, in the UK as part of a young Laureate exchange.

Pooja has been making connections with UK writers, delivering workshops and performing. As she prepares to return to Singapore, Pooja reflects on her time in the UK.

“It’s been an absolute privilege to work with both Caleb Femi and Spread the Word on a Young Laureate exchange between London and Singapore. Ruth and Tom from Spread the Word made me feel welcome even before my plane even touched down in London, and Caleb and I had already spent a weekend plotting and planning when he was in Singapore for the Writer’s Festival. I was looking forward to learning more from his incredible work.

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Poetry demands that we examine all the contradictions, even the ones within ourselves. We cannot hate without the capacity for love, we cannot grieve if we do not feel joy, and we cannot build if we do not first tear down...

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Poetry has for years been an effective way of engaging young people with language, literacy and a wealth of other subjects – as well as offering a chance to develop creativity and self-expression.

Supported by the British Council in partnership with Writers’ Centre Norwich, UK as part of the International Literature Showcase and programmed in partnership with the National Poetry Library, Spread the Word is running a one-off professional development session on ‘Engaging Young People with Poetry.’ This will be delivered by two highly experienced poet-facilitators from across the globe – Pooja Nansi, Youth Poet Ambassador for Singapore and the Young People’s Laureate for London, Caleb Femi.

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