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Bangkok Experimental Film Festival 6.

If you’re in Singapore and have yet to make plans for the weekend, do consider dropping by for a screening or two at the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival. It’s going to be at Future Perfect Singapore from 12 July to 14 July. Check out the programme and other details in the link. [via Future Perfect]

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Golden Point Award 2013.

The Golden Point Award creative writing competition is back.

The Golden Point Award is Singapore’s premier creative writing competition for Short Story and Poetry in the nation’s four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. Established by the National Arts Council since 1993, the national literary writing competition serves as a significant platform for literary excellence and launching new writers. The competition’s aims are to identify and nurture new creative writing talent, develop the literary penmanship of writers in Singapore and to create a conducive environment for creative thinking and literary expression in Singapore.

The submission of entries will close on 1 July 2013, 5pm. The results of the competition will be revealed at the GPA Prize-Giving Ceremony, which will be held during the 2013 Singapore Writers Festival in early November.

More details: [via the National Book Development Council of Singapore]

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Morning surrealism.

Unlike anything in the exhibition, Dalí’s diaphanous 1938 pencil drawing Study for “The Image Disappears,” in which we see, depending on how it catches our eye, a man with a beard or a woman holding a piece of paper in her hand, is an especially impressive example of the double images he made on and off for a number of years. They are undeniably tricky (and they bother some viewers because it is hard, if not impossible, to see fully the two images at once). But for me the purely visual tension they create gives these pictures a formal strength that is not so different from the compositional power of a work by Mondrian. Asking us, moreover, to take in two different images almost simultaneously, they could be said to make concrete Surrealism’s quest, which in some way resembles the quest of psychotherapy, to find an alternative reality to the everyday one we think we are saddled with.

Good morning. Here is an article about the “Drawing Surrealism” exhibition, which is now currently at the Morgan Library and Museum of New York City. [via NYRB]

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Southeast Asian Film Festival 2013.

The Singapore Art Museum is running the third Southeast Asian Film Festival from 22 March to 14 April.

Now into its third year, the Southeast Asian Film Festival continues to showcase the best and most interesting cinematic work from the region. The Festival provides a window into the core issues of the Southeast Asian region and exists not only as a space for inter-cultural and intellectual sharing, but one for art and film friendships to form. Audiences will have the chance to meet emerging directors and veteran filmmakers and discuss their work with them. There will be 20 screenings, 10 post-screening discussions, and sidebar of Vietnamese experimental short films. New works by U-Wei Bin Haji Saari, Mes De Guzman, Lav Diaz, Edwin and Kan Lume will be shown.

More details (including a complete schedule) in the link. [via Singapore Art Museum]

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Roberto Bolaño exhibition.

There’s going to be a Roberto Bolaño exhibition in Barcelona at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, running from 5 March to 30 June 2013 if you happen to be in the area then. [Details in Spanish via CCCB]

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Live stream 12.12.12.

You can stream the 12.12.12 Hurricane Sandy relief benefit concert, which features the likes of Nirvana with Paul McCartney (!), Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Roger Waters, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Eric Clapton, and of course the Rolling Stones, over at YouTube. [via YouTube]

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Grizzly Bear incoming.

Grizzly Bear will be performing at the 2013 Mosaic Music Festival on 9 March at 7.30p.m. in the Esplanade Concert Hall. [via Mosaic Music Festival]

Other acts of note (for me) include Grimes and Gretchen Parlato.

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Huayi 2013 events.

Tickets for Huayi 2013 go on sale on SISTIC today. Three events that have caught my eye:

A production of the Antigone by the Li Liuyi Theatre Studio of China. [via SISTIC]

An(other) adaptation of an Eileen Chang novel, 《半生缘》/Eighteen Springs. [via SISTIC]

And an adaptation of 《红楼梦》 by Edward Lam. [via SISTIC]

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Laneway Festival 2013.

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival returns for its 2013 edition featuring the likes of Tame Impala, Bat For Lashes, Cloud Nothings, Gotye, and Real Estate for its Singapore stop. The Festival will be in Singapore on 26 January 2013, which is a Saturday. Australian dates, and more information, available from the official site. [via Laneway Festival]

Tickets for the Singapore date are available from SISTIC. [via SISTIC]

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Chinta screening.

Chinta is the oldest surviving feature film from Singapore which serves as a prime example of the synthesis between Indian cinema’s melodramatic and musical tropes and Malay culture within Singapore’s golden age of cinema. The stunning Siput Serawak stars as Chinta, a girl brought up in an idyllic coastal village, unaware of her true identity as the daughter of the neighbouring Indrapura royal family who were ousted during a coup. The film follows her as her love for Sanchi, a stranger washed ashore from a shipwreck who is actually the current king of Indrapura, is pitted against her obligation to revenge her family.

The National Museum will have a screening of Chinta, Singapore’s oldest surviving feature film, next week at 8p.m. on 11 October (Thursday). It is directed by B. S. Rajhans and features music by Zubir Said.

[Tickets via SISTIC]

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