This December, We Can! Singapore is breaking the silence of violence with the We Can! Arts Fest.
Violence isn’t always black and blue. Most times, it creeps into women’s lives unexpectedly – at home, at the workplace, on the street, at a party. It leaves an impact on women, men and children.
Do you know how to spot the signs?
Walk through our interactive installation on psychological abuse, stop to have coffee with a social activist, watch a play on true stories of violence from Singapore, and discover how you can make a difference.
On 8 December 2013, meet others who are using their voices to speak up against violence. Together, we can create awareness and action for a violence-free society.
Artists, activists and survivors are coming together in an exciting lineup to interrogate the different forms of violence around us that go unnoticed because of our silence.
Theme: The Silence of Violence
Date: 8 December 2013
Time: 11am – 10pm
Venue: Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street (click here for directions!)
Art + film + music + plays + poetry + workshops + more!
Get your tickets ($5) now!
We’re ready to talk.
Are you ready to listen?
Here are just a few of the programmes you can look forward to at We Can! Arts Fest this December!
Change Maker Workshop
Not open to the media
11am – 1pm | Word Forward theatre
The Change Maker Workshop is a novel forum where people from all walks of life meet and explore ideas, share experiences and discuss existing patterns of belief in our society that tolerate violence against women. Through open and constructive discussion in a safe space, they discover possibilities and areas where they can make change – as individuals, and as a collective.
Human Library: The Women You Don’t Hear
Not open to the media
3pm – 4.30pm
At the Human Library, festival attendees will have a chance to personally meet social workers, activists, survivors and women of diverse backgrounds and experiences that are often unseen and unheard of. Attendees will be encouraged to have conversations with and hear stories from the participants about issues that affect women in Singapore as told from their perspective. Explore various issues like sex work, sexual assault, domestic work and domestic abuse in a safe and empowering setting.
(There’s Nothing Here)
3pm – 4pm | Multipurpose hall
Yale-NUS students infuse experimental theatre with performance poetry to produce a theatrical piece that explores the issue of bystander intervention. “(There’s nothing here)” exposes the passivity and silence of bystanders in instances of violence. How does violence change as we transit between private and public spheres? Are we guilty of voluntary blindness?
Reel Stories: A film discussion (‘Girl Rising’)
1.30pm – 3.30pm | Word Forward theatre
Girl Rising is a feature film and a global movement for girls’ education that affirm that powerful storytelling can drive change. The film screening and discussion will extract and inspect the messages of change from the film, and examine how we can channel them into real life and in a local context.
Just a Bad Day (Forum theatre)
6pm – 8pm | Multipurpose hall
We Can! Singapore’s forum theatre piece, “Just A Bad Day”, has been staged before a number of audiences since its premiere in June. It has been garnering media attention for its spotlighting of an issue that has been kept in the wings for too long. The forum theatre experience encourages and empowers people to make such interventions in real life, which is when the need really arises. Choosing to step into a matter that convention dictates is private and “none of your business” can be a daunting task. But indeed, from the personal stories of Change Makers involved in the play all it takes is a bit more awareness and belief in your power to set change in motion.
Talk About It: A spoken word show
8pm – 9pm | Multi-purpose hall
Spoken word poetry has often been the chosen platform for social criticism and self-expression for decades. At Talk About It, local and international spoken word poets examine the subtle forms of abuse with their own flavour of performance and original literature. Featuring Deborah Emmanuel (SG), Jasmine Cooray (UK), Graeme Ford (AUS) and Charlene Shepherdson (SG) and hosted by Raksha Mahtani.
Also catch installation art pieces that delve into the festival theme, interactive workshops guaranteed to challenge your perceptions and inspiring music performances by original artists! Watch this space for more details!