Conversation 3: Changes in the Arts Scene | Four Conversations

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How can the Arts sector transform itself in this virtual era and ensure its effectiveness and value in society?

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How can the Arts sector transform itself in this virtual era and ensure its effectiveness and value in society?

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  • Dr Patrick Finn, Specialist, Performance Technology and Director of Game Lab (Canada)

  • Nabilah Said, Award-winning Playwright, Theatre Critic, and Editor, ArtsEquator (Singapore)

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Dr Terence Chong, Deputy Director, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore

Patrick Finn is an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, Canada, where he teaches courses in drama. He is also is a consultant and workshop leader. His professional practice has taken him around the world to work with individuals, governments, groups and organisations. Working with leaders, athletes, artists, teams and organisations, Patrick’s focus is on the ways we can do what we do better.

Nabilah Said is a playwright, poet, arts writer and editor of the regional arts website ArtsEquator. She has won awards for her plays Inside Voices (2019, VAULT Festival, London, published by Nick Hern Books), and ANGKAT: A Definitive, Alternative, Reclaimed Narrative of a Native (2019, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival), which was awarded Best Original Script at the 2020 Life Theatre Awards. Nabilah is the founder of playwright collective Main Tulis Group. She was also an arts correspondent with The Straits Times from 2014 to 2017. She has an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Terence Chong is a Deputy Director at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS) and Head of the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre. He has a BA (First Class) in History from the University of Leeds and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Warwick. His research interests include heritage, arts and cultural policies, politics in Singapore, new Chinese immigrants in CLMV countries, and Christianity in Southeast Asia. Terence has won several research grants, most recently the Social Science Research Thematic Grant worth over $600,000. He has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Contemporary Asia, Critical Asian Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Modern Asian Studies and Asian Studies Review. He is the author of The Theatre and the State in Singapore: Orthodoxy and Resistance (2010, Routledge); co-author of Different Under God: A Survey of Church-going Protestants in Singapore (2013, ISEAS); and editor of The AWARE Saga: Civil Society and Public Morality in Singapore (2010, NUS Press).

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• Future of Work

• Living with the Pandemic

• Development of Urban Design

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New Thinking for the New World

2020 has accelerated transformation throughout the world, affecting many facets of our lives. Join our local and international speakers as they break down these changes on the future of work, our well-being, the arts scene and development of urban design. Join the conversations to understand and explore new possibilities.

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