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A Librarian's World – The National Library’s Music Collection


Published on : 15 Feb 2017

A Librarian's World – The National Library’s Music Collection

Thursday, 30 March 2017

7.00pm – 8.00pm

Level 5, Imagination Room

National Library Building
100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

 

Ever wondered what librarians do? In this series of monthly talks, find out what makes our librarians tick as they share highlights of their work from the collections of the National Library.

 

Join us for a journey through our Singapore music collection – featuring Sharmini Chellapandi and Joy Loh from the National Library.

Find out more about our collection’s music materials including handwritten scores, iconic magazines as well as other works by music personalities and prominent groups in Singapore from the 1970s to the present.

Plus, get access to all forms of published Singapore musical works through the digital archive MusicSG. The National Library’s music collection is part of Singapore’s musical heritage and provides insights into the creative and social influences that have played a part in our country’s social history.

About the Speakers:
Sharmini Chellapandi manages the Arts team, which encompasses literary, visual and performing arts, at the National Library. She enjoys reading and listening to music and has discovered a wealth of published and unpublished treasures since joining the National Library. She is the author of What A Stupid Question! (2006), written partly to satiate her curiosity about the world.

Joy Loh is an Associate Librarian with the National Library. She manages and develops the library’s performing arts collection and oversees the digital archive MusicSG. She also has an interest in the study of metaphysics.

 

Free admission. Please register at the library eKiosks or http://www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary2/e/a-librarians-world-the-national-librarys-music-collection-79740802.

 

 

 



Alt Screen: Of Animalia – Mothers (Singapore Premiere)


Published on : 13 Feb 2017

Alt Screen: Of Animalia –  Mothers (Singapore Premiere)

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 
7.00pm – 9.30pm 
Level 16, The Pod
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
For access to the Pod, please proceed to lift lobby opposite the information counter.

A documentary by Xu Huijing
Rating: PG13
Advisory: Some Mature Content
Running time: 68 min
                                                               Language: Mandarin (with English subtitles)

Join us on 8 March for the premiere screening of Mothers followed by a post-screening discussion with Associate Prof Bussarawan (Puk) Teerawichitchainan from Singapore Management University.

Set in 2012, the supervising township office in a northern Chinese village expects sterilisation cases to double even though there are not many women left to sterilise. To meet the quota, some desperate officers are determined to send reluctant mothers who have not been sterilised to the operating table. This documentary sheds insight into the real and lasting impact of state-enforced family planning within rural China.
 
Mothers received the Special Mention award at the 20th Sheffield International Documentary Festival and competed in the 14th Jeonju International Film Festival.

The National Library and the Asian Film Archive are proud to present Alt Screen: Of Animalia - a series showcasing Asian cinematic stories that examine the complex interactions between people and their relationship with animals (or other people). These stories capture the biological, animalistic instincts of modern man, and enable an understanding of humanity.

About the Speaker
Bussarawan (Puk) Teerawichitchainan is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean (Research & Program Development) at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University (SMU). She received her PhD from the University of Washington and is currently a Shirin Fozdar fellow at SMU. She was also a fellowship recipient of Fulbright, the Social Science Research Council, and the Population Council. Her research interests include social demography, the life course and aging, population health, inequality, and sociology of family. She conducts research on these topics in the context of Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar. 

Free admission. Please register at the library eKiosks or http://www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary2/e/alt-screen-of-animalia-copy-1-20258507



National Library Arts Conversations – Kuo Pao Kun : The Educator (Conducted in Mandarin)


Published on : 4 Feb 2017

National Library Arts Conversations –  Kuo Pao Kun : The Educator (Conducted in Mandarin)
Saturday, 18 March 2017
2.00pm – 3.30pm
Level 5, Possibility Room
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

This programme will be conducted in Mandarin.

The National Library Arts Conversation series is a platform for arts practitioners to share their knowledge and insights with the public.

Kuo Pao Kun is one of Singapore’s greatest dramatists and arts activists and a pioneer of Singapore theatre.  Many of his works have been translated into other languages such as Malay, Tamil, German, Japanese, and Arabic. His works have been staged by theatre companies both in Singapore and abroad. He was also an educator who established The Theatre Practice, The Substation and                                                                                                   the Theatre Training & Research Programme.

Find out more about Kuo’s role as an educator and how his far-sightedness has nurtured generations of theatre practitioners.

Free admission. Please register at library eKiosk or http://www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary2/e/nl-arts-conversation-kuo-pao-kun-the-educator-50275751

This programme is held in conjunction with exhibition Script & Stage: Theatre in Singapore from the 50s to 80s. Join us for a tour of the exhibition after the panel discussion.

Featured Speakers
Liu Xiaoyi is a director, actor, playwright and educator. A committed practitioner with a desire to push artistic boundaries, Xiaoyi is considered a promising figure at the forefront of the experimental Chinese theatre scene in Singapore. He was the recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist  Award in 2016.

In 2002, Xiaoyi started working professionally in theatre, which augured what was to become a deeply passionate and rigorous involvement with Singapore Theatre and the Arts. Over the past decade as a professional artist, Xiaoyi distinguished himself first and foremost as an actor. Now, he is considered one of the most acclaimed male actors on the Singapore Mandarin theatre scene. A gifted playwright with a deft sensibility for language, Xiaoyi is one of the most active playwrights in the mandarin theatre scene, creating works that often polarise, drawing both praise and debate. As a director, the cornerstones of his oft lauded but controversial work are unsurprisingly experimentation, introspection, and poetry.

A recipient of JCCI Singapore Foundation Culture Award in 2005, Tan Beng Tian co-founded The Finger Players in 1996. She was trained in Graphic Design, but 1994 marked the turning point in her career when she left for Fujian, China, to undertake an intensive course on traditional hand puppetry from renowned puppet master the late Li Bofen. Under Beng Tian’s guidance as artistic director, The Finger Players grew from a two to an eight-member strong company.
 
Besides her company’s productions, Beng Tian has been a part of many important Singaporean works produced by other companies such as Drama Box, The Theatre Practice and TheatreWorks as well as overseas companies such as The Fantasy Puppet Theatre (Hong Kong) and Zuni Icosahedron (Hong Kong).

Moderator:
Dr Lee Chee Keng’s interest in theatre took on a committed and serious dimension during his undergraduate days after he participated in the Playwriting Studio organised by Practice Performing Arts School, which was founded by the late renowned local playwright Kuo Pao Kun. Lee subsequently had various opportunities to work with Kuo over sustained periods of time as an actor and researcher. Lee’s creative practice is anchored in theatre-making, directing and actor training. His theatre is inspired by his appreciation of Asian traditional forms as well as his systematic study of the Stanislavski system during his years at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, China. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Arts and Humanities at Yale-NUS College.



A Thousand-Year Debate on the Imagery of a Plantain Tree in Snow


Published on : 31 Jan 2017

A Thousand-Year Debate on the Imagery of a Plantain Tree in Snow
Friday, 24 February 2017

7.00pm – 9.00pm
Level 16, The Pod
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
For access to Level 16, the Pod, please proceed to lift lobby opposite the information counter.

Speaker: Tan Swie Hian


                                                

The National Library regularly hosts renowned speakers from the arts, heritage, society, technology and social sciences to exchange and enrich ideas across communities.

The Tang poet-painter Wang Wei (王维 699-761) is said to have made a painting depicting the noble man Yuan An(袁安) of the Han Dynasty who, during a snow storm, refused to go out for his livelihood but to lie at home "as the snow is heavy when everyone is hungry, I should not go and trouble people." In it, Wang also painted a plantain tree in the snow.
 
The painting Yuan An Reclining in Snow (《袁安卧雪图》was first mentioned by its collector Shen Kua (沈括 1031-1095) of the Song Dynasty in his Dream Pool Essays (梦溪笔谈). Ever since, not only has the subject become one of the perennial for artists throughout the ages, but the imagery of the plantain tree in snow has sparked debate among famed artists, critics, scholars and writers for well over a thousand years.

Plantain trees grow only in hot climates and snow falls only in cold countries. How can a plantain tree survive in the snow? Wang's detractors comment that he cannot "tell cold and hot apart". But Wang's appreciators believe that "Wang disregards the seasons when creating".
 
The painting that no one has ever seen since Shen Kua is long lost. But the debate on a non-existent work continues, creating an unprecedented phenomenon that merits meditation. Now, join acclaimed artist Tan Swie Hian as he weighs in on why Wang did what he did.
 
This programme is in conjunction with the exhibition Anatomy of a Free Mind: Tan Swie Hian’s Notebooks and Creations, held at the National Library Building (Level 10, Gallery), from 22 November 2016 to 23 April 2017. For more information, please visit nlb.gov.sg/exhibitions/.

About the Speaker
Described by Time magazine as Singapore’s ‘Renaissance man’, multidisciplinary artist Tan Swie Hian has created artworks in a wide range of media and genres. His artistic and literary works extend across a broad spectrum of subjects in multiple languages. He has held 23 solo exhibitions worldwide and won 29 accolades nationally and internationally.

Free admission. Please register at library eKiosk or click here.



Sengkang Public Library re-opens its doors on 18 March 2017


Published on : 9 Jan 2017

Sengkang Public Library re-opens its doors on 18 March 2017

Sengkang Public Library is currently closed for renovations and will re-open on 18 March 2017.

Meanwhile, visitors may wish to visit Cheng San Public Library or Serangoon Public Library for your reading needs.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

 



Yishun Public Library will be closing for renovations


Published on : 12 Dec 2016

Yishun Public Library will be closing for renovations

Yishun Public Library will be closing on 15 January 2017 for renovations.

Its last day of operations will be Saturday, 14 January. The library will close at 9pm.

During this time, please visit Woodlands Regional Library or Sembawang Public Library for your reading needs.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2018!



Anatomy of a Free Mind: Tan Swie Hian’s Notebooks and Creations 《解析自由心–陈瑞献稿本与创作》


Published on : 1 Nov 2016

Anatomy of a Free Mind: Tan Swie Hian’s Notebooks and Creations 《解析自由心–陈瑞献稿本与创作》
Level 10, Gallery, National Library Building   
22 November 2016 – 23 April 2017  
Free admission

Lauded as a cultural icon in Singapore and the most expensive living artist in Southeast Asia, Tan Swie Hian’s artistic accomplishments are nothing short of Olympian — his oeuvre encompasses multiple mediums, genres, languages and subject matters. The celebrated multi-disciplinary artist has published 58 works of poetry, prose, stories, songs, criticism, translations and books on his art, held 23 solo shows worldwide, and won numerous accolades locally and internationally. It is not for nothing that Time magazine has proclaimed him as “Singapore’s Renaissance man”.

In collaboration with the artist, the National Library presents “Anatomy of a Free Mind: Tan Swie Hian’s Notebooks and Creations”, an exhibition that features over 100 works of his creations, including paintings, sculptures, calligraphy, seal carvings, photographs, lithographs, multimedia performances as well as his original writings. Accompanied by the artist’s personal notebooks, manuscripts and artefacts that will be displayed alongside the respective artworks, the exhibition will take visitors on a fascinating journey into the mindscape of a creative genius.

国家图书馆大厦10楼展厅 
20161122 – 2017年4月23日 
 入场免费

身为新加坡文化界标志性人物和全东南亚作品拍卖价最高的在世艺术家,陈瑞献的艺术成就是辉煌的:他的作品横跨多种媒介,类别,语言和题材。这位享负盛名的多媒体艺术家出版过58部书籍,包括诗歌,散文,小说,音乐创作,文学评论,翻译作品与艺术著作,他在世界各地举办过23场个展并获颁发多项本地及国际的奖项与殊荣。故此,美国《时代周刊》称他为新加坡的文艺复兴人

 国家图书馆与陈瑞献携手举办《解析自由心:陈瑞献稿本与创作》特展,将呈现100多件作品,包括绘画,雕塑,书法,篆刻,摄影,版画,多媒体表演以及写作。陈瑞献的私人稿本,相关文件与文物也将随艺术作品同时展出,透过展览带领观众进入这位天才艺术家创意无限的思维空间。


Roving Exhibitions: Compassion for Lives: Tan Swie Hian’s Literary Creations

  • Jurong Regional Library: 1 November 2016 – 29 December 2016 
  • Central Public Library: 30 December 2016 – 28 February 2017 

Singapore Cultural Medallion recipient Tan Swie Hian is the top grossing living artist in Southeast Asia who has received numerous accolades both locally and abroad. Although he exhibited impressive artistic talents at a tender age, he was first recognised for his literary creations when he ventured into the arts scene. 

Tan wrote and published prolifically in the 1960s under the pseudonym of “Mu Lingnu”. Before long, he had established a reputation for advocating Modernist literature in the local Chinese literary circle. He once said that his literary works “mostly reflected the dark side of reality; and the sorrows of human destiny”, thus compassion for lives has been a key theme in his writings. To date, the multilingual artist/writer has published close to 40 literary titles. 

As a complement to the Anatomy of a Free Mind: Tan Swie Hian’s Notebooks and Creations exhibition at National Library Building (22 November 2016 – 23 April 2017), this roving exhibition will feature Tan’s literary accomplishments in various genres – poetry, prose, novels, fables, translated works as well as publications edited by him. Visit the above libraries during the specified periods to learn more about Tan Swie Hian’s written works that took the literary world by storm.

《悲悯人生:陈瑞献的文艺创作》巡回展

  • 裕廊区域图书馆: 2016111–20161229
  • 中央公共图书馆: 20161230–2017228

新加坡文化奖得主陈瑞献是东南亚作品拍卖价最高的在世艺术家,他荣获多项本地及国际的奖项与殊荣,享有极高名声。他在年少时便展露非凡的艺术天分,但他刚开始涉足艺术领域时,却是先以文艺创作引起注意的。

1960年代,陈瑞献以笔名牧羚奴发表大量作品,不久后便成了在本地华文文坛提倡现代主义文学的代表人物。他曾经说自己的文学作品多反映现实的阴暗面,以及人类悲苦的命运,因此对芸芸众生怀抱悲悯是他写作的一个主调。至今,他已出版了将近40部文艺著作。

为了配合在国家图书馆大厦举办的解析自由心:陈瑞献稿本与创作特展(20161122日至20174月23日),本巡回展将着重介绍陈瑞献的多种文艺作品,如诗作、散文、小说、寓言、译作以及他所编辑的刊物。欲一览陈瑞献当年在文坛备受瞩目的作品,请于举办期间到上述图书馆参观展览。

For more information, please visit nlb.gov.sg/exhibitions




Script & Stage: Theatre in Singapore from the 50s to 80s


Published on : 31 Oct 2016

Script & Stage: Theatre in Singapore from the 50s to 80s

Script & Stage explores the fascinating roots of local playwriting and theatre production, highlighting significant performances, playwrights and prominent theatre companies that have shaped the foundation of contemporary theatre in Singapore.

As we trace the development of Singapore’s vernacular theatre communities from the 1950s to the 1980s, treat yourself to publications such as Keris Sempena Riau, the first sandiwara (Malay historical theatre) published and staged locally, as well as the manuscripts and drafts of acclaimed local playwrights like Kuo Pao Kun and Robert Yeo.

Not to be missed are showcases of notable local musicals, such as Beauty World (TheatreWorks) and Chang and Eng (Action! Theatre), at the lobby of the National Library Building.

For more information, please click here.



Babies can be members too!


Published on : 20 Jul 2016

Babies can be members too!

Register your babies to be library members!

Simply follow these 3 steps to redeem your baby gift pack:

1. Visit your nearest Public Library and register your child as a library member*

2. Borrow 6 books

3.Present the loan receipt to our library staff at the counter and collect your gift pack!

*Please bring your child's birth certificate and a parent's NRIC

Things to note:

  • This programme is only open to babies born  from Jan 2016 onwards
  • Membership fees apply to non-Singaporeans
  • Registration points excludes library@orchard, library@esplanade and library@chinatown

 *The Baby gift pack contains 3 board books, Reading is Fun! Booklet, A Guide for Reading with Little Ones DVD, Height Chart and Rhymes and Fingerplays for Little Ones.



Bukit Panjang Public Library will be closing for renovations


Published on : 11 Jul 2016

Bukit Panjang Public Library will be closing for renovations

Bukit Panjang Public Library will be closing on Sunday, 4 September 2016 for renovations.

Its last day of operations will be Saturday, 3 September. The library will close at 9pm.

During this time, please visit Jurong Regional Library or Choa Chu Kang Public Library for your reading needs.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2017!



Memories at Old Ford Factory is currently closed for renovations


Published on : 16 Feb 2016

Memories at Old Ford Factory is currently closed for renovations
Memories at Old Ford Factory is currently closed for renovations.

We will unveil its brand-new look and revamped exhibition gallery in 2017! 

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you again.


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