[HALLOWEEN SPECIAL] NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults
  • Category: Singapore & S.E.A, Other Happenings
25 - 26 Oct, 2019

National Library

The Plaza

100 Victoria Street


  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults

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From a Hantu and Hauntings after-hours tour, to immersive stories shared by local authors and librarians, get ready to discover horror, in ways you would have never imagined.

Friday and Saturday, 25 and 26 October 2019
Various activities from 7.30 pm to 12.30 am
Meeting Point: Level 1, National Library Building

Participants must be 15 years old and above.
Terms and Conditions apply. Free admission.

  • Borrow four books or e-books during the month of October 2019 to gain individual entry.

  • Please present your loan receipt or loan records on NLB Mobile app for verification.


1. TOURS
Hantu and Hauntings: Entering the Realms of Rites and Rituals
Embark on an exclusive after-hours tour of the library through an anthology of stories dug up from our collection and archives. 

Friday and Saturday, 25 and 26 October 2019
Meeting Point: Level 1, National Library Building

 9.30 pm | First Tour Entry
12.30 am | Last Tour Entry
(Each tour is 45 minutes)


2. PROGRAMMES
Tales from the Night
Let our local authors and librarians take you into the realm of the supernatural in sessions that are not for the faint hearted.

25 October 2019

TimeVenueProgramme

7.30pm

Level 1,
The Plaza

WINGS OF DARKNESS: THE MAKING OF A SUNGEI BULOH HORROR STORY
Reading by Yong Shu Hoong
Author, poet and educator
 
Award-winning poet Yong Shu Hoong taps on his experience staying overnight at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, a well-known birdwatching sanctuary in Singapore, to explore the horror genre in fiction writing. He will share a horror story inspired by winged creatures that he has specially written for this occasion.

 

10.00pm

Basement 1, Programme Zone

ANGRY GODS AND DEMONS
Presented by librarian Dilip Kumar

Is it a sin to sympathize with demons ? What do gods have do with horror films ? What’s the link between between Emily Rose and the Joker ? What does chauvinism have to do with Pontianaks? How did Frankenstein learn evil ? Why is Dracula the greatest of lovers ?Which Kaiju is like Pennywise ? And what do angry goddesses have to do with gender equality ?

Seek answers to these questions as we dissect the troupes of monsters in horror movies through the lens of Indian cinematic demons.

10.00pm

Basement 1,
My Tree House
DECAPITATING THE CHICKEN AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE
Reading by Marylyn Tan
Author, poet and painter
 
An immersive two-part reading/performance, with themes of the paranormal, occult and witchcraft.

11.00pm

Basement 1, Programme Zone

WALKING BACKWARDS UP BUKIT TIMAH HILL
Reading by Jon Gresham
Writer and photographer
 
A reading of a chilling story about a couple falling out of love and into a new world of pain and horror. Warning: This story will shake every bone in your body and make your skin crawl.

11.00pm

Basement 1,
My Tree House
SHADOWS FROM HERE
Reading by Raymus Chang
Author and storyteller
 
How are horror stories engineered to scare? Can the written word be more frightening than a film? Raymus will read one of his short stories, and share how it was made.

26 October 2019
TimeVenueProgramme

7.30pm

Level 1,
The Plaza

WHY WE LOVE HORROR?
Reading by Christina Sng
Author, poet, and artist

Why do some people enjoy romance and why do others love horror? That’s a question many have grappled with over the years. What draws us to this terrifying genre? Bram Stoker Award-winning author Christina Sng explores this mystifying topic.
10.00pm

Basement 1,
Programme Zone

INTO THE RING: PLUNGING INTO ASIAN HORROR FILMS
by Dave Chua
Film programmer and writer
 
Dave Chua dives into the Japanese version of The Ring - the film that started a wave of Asian horror movies quite different from their Western counterparts, and why it is more than just a regular horror film. He will also introduce a few overlooked Asian horror titles.
10.00pmBasement 1,
My Tree House
ILL INTENT
Storytelling by Raymus Chang
Author and storyteller
 
Since completing "Shadows From Here" (2016), Raymus worked on how he tells stories. He has composed a few tales that he hopes will one day comprise a collection or anthology. This is a reading of a work-in-progress.
11.00pm

Basement 1,
Programme Zone

BLOODLUST AND DETACHABLE BODIES: VAMPIRES OF ASIA
Presented by librarian May Chua
 
You may find that these creatures, born of tales so much closer to home, are more terrifying – especially since some have detachable bodies. Listen to the first-hand encounters and rich backstories of vampire-like demons from the myths and legends of India, Philippines and Cambodia.
11.00pm

Basement 1,
My Tree House

DECAPITATING THE CHICKEN AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE
Reading by Marylyn Tan
Author, poet and painter
 
An immersive two-part reading/performance, with themes of the paranormal, occult and witchcraft.

3. SCREENINGS
Screams on Screen
Spook yourself with horror films from Southeast Asia.
Level 1, The Plaza, National Library Building

25 October 2019
TimeFilm
8.30pmBANGLO BERKUNCI
A film by Dharma Aizat, 2015, In Malay with English subtitles
 
Can curiosity kill? To prove the existence of ghosts, three friends like seeking out and investigating places shrouded in mystery. They get more than they bargained for when they investigate an abandoned bungalow with a dark past.
10.30pmBRING BACK THE DEAD
A film by Lee Thean-jeen, In Chinese and English with English subtitles
 
Jia En loses her son to a road accident. Together with her former caregiver, she utilises supernatural forces to bring back his soul. However, has her son really come back? Or has she placed herself and those around her in mortal danger?

26 October 2019
TimeFilm
8.30pmPEE MAK
A film by Banjong Pisanthanakun, 2013, In Thai with English subtitles
 
PEE MAK is based on a well-known Thai folk tale of a female ghost. In the film, soldier Mak returns home after fighting in a war with four soldier friends.  He is elated to meet his wife, Nak who was pregnant at the time of his departure.  He introduces her and his new-born child to his soldier friends. However, his friends realise something’s amiss when they get wind of rumours swirling around about Nak’s death during childbirth.  Will they be successful in finding out the truth in time?
10.30pmDORM MELATI
A film by Eyra Rahman, 2017, In Malay with English subtitles
 
Adam is aware of the supernatural stories around Dorm Melati, the summer camp place that he and his four friends will be going to explore. He keeps what he knows, a secret, as he wants to find out more. Unfortunately, it’s a bad move as Melati’s dead spirit comes after all of them.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
  1. Participants are not allowed to be in masks or full face Halloween make-up.
     
  2. For the best experience, please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Please be properly clothed at all times.
     
  3. Photography and videography are permitted but not recommended during the tours.
     
  4. Please note that NLB is not responsible or liable for any damage (personal or property), injury, loss or theft. By participating in our event, you acknowledge full responsibility. You will experience intense audio and lighting as well as low visibility, therefore you should not enter if you are pregnant, claustrophobic, prone to seizures, have heart or respiratory problems or any other medical conditions that may be triggered and or worsened by stressful conditions.
     
  5. We reserve the right to refuse any participant whose conduct is objectionable including, but not limited to the following actions:
  • Line jumping, use of foul language and inappropriate behaviour
  • Mistreatment/abuse of performers and staff












 

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