Festivals have become a part of the cultural fabric of our society. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic globally and the new safety measures in place, what are the challenges and opportunities awaiting the future of festivals?

Hear from our eminent speakers, who will be sharing their insights and views on how the pandemic has impacted festivals and how festivals can be creatively transformed in the new normal.

Mr David Chew

Deputy Director, Festivals & Precinct Development, National Heritage Board

David Chew is a Deputy Director at National Heritage Board where he is festival director of the Singapore Heritage Festival and the Singapore Night Festival, and oversees place-making efforts of the Bras Basah Bugis precinct. He has been involved in Singapore’s arts and heritage for almost two decades, starting out as an arts correspondent for TODAY newspaper and later taking on heritage policy and community outreach roles at the National Heritage Board, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and UNESCO. He was also a curator at Singapore Art Museum and Singapore Biennale 2013, and ran the Singapour en France festival of Singapore culture in France in 2015.

Ms Ignatia Nilu

Curator, ARTJOG

Ignatia Nilam Agusta Nugraeni is a writer, curator, maker, hacker and cultural producer. Also known as Ignatia Nilu, she works on non-binary community and projects to develop and channel the relationship between humans and art in a multi-faceted and generative experience. She is currently a curator of ARTJOG, an international contemporary art festival in Yogyakarta, and ARTBALI, an international art festival in Bali, Indonesia.

Mr Paul Tan

Fellow, Culture Academy, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth

Paul Tan is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the Nanyang Technological University and sits on the boards of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Group and the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.

Paul joined the National Arts Council in 2011 as the Festival Director of the Singapore Writers Festival and Director, Literary Arts, and helmed four editions of the popular literary festival before serving as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Planning and Corporate Development Group until August 2021.

Paul has also published five volumes of poetry and writes the occasional opinion piece for The Straits Times.

Ms Chou Mei

Group Director, Conservation and Urban Design, Urban Redevelopment Authority

Chou Mei is the Group Director for Conservation and Urban Design at the Urban Redevelopment Authority. She oversees the planning and urban design of Singapore’s city centre, including Orchard Road, Singapore River and Marina Bay. She also focusses on the conservation and celebration of Singapore’s built heritage, and partnering the community to enliven public space and to create car-lite, people-friendly precincts through place making.