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Hari Warisan 2023 – Tempo Dulu & Sekarang (Era Then & Now) – Segment II

Hari Warisan 2023: Embracing Malay Heritage Through Literature and Dialogue

Dive into the rich tapestry of Malay culture and heritage as Hari Warisan 2023 (HRW2023) unveiled its grandeur to the public on January 20, 2024, for the very first time. This monumental occasion, orchestrated by the Malay Heritage Foundation (MHF) in collaboration with the Malay Heritage Centre, illuminated the cultural landscape like never before. With unwavering support from the Malay Language Learning and Promotion Committee, National Arts Council and Wisma Geylang Serai, HRW2023 promised an unparalleled full-day spectacle, offering an immersive celebration of Malay traditions that pushed boundaries and left an indelible mark on all who attended.

🌟 Meet the Minds Behind Malay Heritage: Moderator Anis Qurratu’aini Azman, Mohd Fared Jainal, Afi Hanafi and Asmah Alias – Uniting Generations at Hari Warisan 2023 Forum 🌍 🎀 (πŸ“Έ Credit: MHC)
🎀 Host Dr. Azhar Ibrahim, MHF Vice-Chairman, sets the stage, welcoming esteemed guests at the vibrant Hari Warisan 2023 forum! 🌟 (πŸ“Έ Credit: MHC)

Saturday, 20 January 2024 – In a momentous occasion marking a significant milestone, Hari Warisan 2023, organised by the Malay Heritage Foundation (MHF), warmly welcomed the public for the very first time. Held in collaboration with the Malay Heritage Centre, this flagship event promised an immersive celebration of Malay culture and heritage that shattered barriers and united communities. 

Book Launch: “Nilawarisan: Budaya, Bahasa, and Seni Berlanggam

The unveiling of “Nilawarisan: Budaya, Bahasa, and Seni Berlanggam” marked a significant milestone in celebrating Malay heritage and literature. This collaborative effort by eleven literary scholars, including students and young graduates, boldly ventured into uncharted territories of literary analysis. The book challenges conventional paradigms, offering fresh insights and perspectives to avid literary enthusiasts. Pak Hamed Ismail, a luminary in Singapore’s literary scene, graced the occasion with profound insights. Drawing from his rich literary background, he emphasised the need for a dynamic evolution in literary discourse and urged a departure from entrenched traditions.

The book’s exploration of Sufism and environmental themes, alongside the spotlight on works by local female authors, showcased a rich tapestry of cultural and historical narratives. Their empathetic portrayal of societal experiences resonated with themes of social justice and inclusivity, aligning with a humanistic ethos.

🎀 Pak Hamed Ismail, a beacon in Singapore’s literary realm, shares profound insights, urging a dynamic evolution in literary discourse and embracing new horizons together! 🌟 (πŸ“Έ Credit: MHC)
GOH Minister of State Assoc. Professor Dr. Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim and Pak Hamed Ismail, with Dr. Norshahril Saat (right) and Mdm Rahayu Buang (left) by their side, witness the auspicious ceremony. Let’s embark on this literary journey together! πŸ“– (πŸ“Έ Credit: MHC)

Forum: “Legacy in Motion: Bridging Generations through Malay Heritage”

Following the book launch, the forum provided a dynamic platform for robust discussions on preserving and evolving Malay heritage. Hosted by Dr. Azhar Ibrahim, MHF Vice Chairman, the forum aimed to inspire a new generation of literary analysts to champion local Malay literature from alternative viewpoints.

Panellists explored diverse perspectives, challenging dominant narratives and advocating for themes of social justice, language preservation, and nationalism. The forum highlighted the importance of amplifying voices that resonate with contemporary audiences, fostering a deeper connection to Malay heritage.

Mr. Fared Jainal, a renowned figure in the artistic realm, captivated the audience with his vivid recollections and profound insights into the evolving landscape of artistic expression. Drawing from his extensive experience as a director, visual artist, and stage performer, Fared illuminated the transformative power of diversity and identity in shaping artistic narratives.

Throughout his presentation, Fared reminisced about his humble beginnings at community centres like Sembawang CC, Brickworks CC, and Teck Ghee CC, where he first immersed himself in the vibrant tapestry of artistic expression. These community hubs, Fared emphasized, served as crucibles for creativity, fostering connections among like-minded individuals and nurturing budding talents.

Sharing anecdotes from his tenure as the Artistic Director of Teater Ekamatra and his involvement with various art collectives, including Neon Tights and the Telok Ayer Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC), Fared underscored the importance of creative freedom and collaborative engagement in shaping artistic landscapes. He highlighted the pivotal role of educational institutions like LASALLE, NAFA, and the Baharudin Vocational Institute in nurturing artistic talent and fostering a vibrant arts ecosystem.

Fared’s presentation culminated in a reflection on the rich cultural tapestry of Singapore, exemplified by initiatives like the Tiger of Malaya project, which aimed to bring cultural heritage to broader audiences through digital platforms. Through his personal journey and insights, Fared inspired the audience to embrace the diversity of artistic expression and harness its transformative potential in shaping societal narratives.

🎨 Let’s paint a brighter future together! πŸ—£οΈ Mr. Fared shares his early journey, advocating for embracing artistic diversity and harnessing its transformative power in shaping societal narratives.🌟🎭 (πŸ“Έ Credit: MHC)

Saudara Afi Hanafi, a multifaceted artist and cultural advocate, brought his unique blend of talents to the forefront, weaving a narrative of passion, commitment, and cultural stewardship. Through his roles as a singer, craftsman, and esteemed poet, Afi embodied the spirit of cultural preservation, sharing poignant anecdotes and reflections from his artistic journey.

With fervent enthusiasm, Afi recounted his efforts in co-founding Sri Orchestra Temasek and Permaisuara, initiatives aimed at revitalising Malay music and promoting communal harmony through choral performances. He emphasised the importance of grassroots initiatives in preserving cultural heritage, highlighting the role of community engagement in fostering a sense of belonging and pride.

Afi’s presentation delved into the intricate nuances of Malay cultural traditions, from the intricate craftsmanship of songket weaving to the lyrical richness of traditional syair poetry. He underscored the need for intergenerational dialogue and collaboration in passing down cultural legacies to future generations, emphasising the transformative power of storytelling and communal engagement.

Through his passionate advocacy for cultural preservation and artistic innovation, Afi inspired the audience to embrace their roles as ambassadors of heritage, fostering a renewed appreciation for the rich tapestry of Malay culture and tradition.

🎢 Saudara Afi’s fervent dedication to Permaisuara echoes a commitment to revive Malay music and foster community unity. Together, let’s preserve our cultural heritage and kindle a sense of pride and belonging! 🎡🌍(πŸ“Έ Credit: MHC)

Puan Asmah Alias, a stalwart in cultural education and heritage preservation, offered invaluable insights into the significance of early cultural education in nurturing a sense of pride and appreciation for Malay heritage among the youth. Drawing from her extensive experience as the General Manager of the Malay Heritage Foundation and Malay Heritage Centre, Asmah illuminated the importance of engaging young minds through innovative initiatives and educational platforms.

Throughout her presentation, Asmah underscored the transformative power of cultural immersion and experiential learning in shaping young perceptions of heritage. From engaging storytelling sessions to hands-on craft workshops, she highlighted the myriad ways in which cultural education can ignite curiosity and foster a deeper connection to one’s roots.

Asmah’s presentation also delved into the role of technology in preserving and promoting Malay heritage, citing examples such as the adaptation of traditional tales like Hang Nadim into digital formats to captivate modern audiences. She emphasised the importance of harnessing digital platforms as tools for cultural dissemination and engagement, ensuring that heritage remains accessible and relevant in the digital age.

Through her passionate advocacy for cultural education and heritage preservation, Asmah inspired the audience to embrace their roles as cultural custodians, fostering a new generation of cultural ambassadors deeply connected to their heritage roots.

🎨 Puan Asmah illuminates the importance of early cultural education, sparking pride in Malay heritage among youth. Through innovative initiatives, she fosters a deeply rooted connection to cultural identity.🌟🌍 (πŸ“Έ Credit: MHC)
🎀 “Engaging Minds: Q&A Session Begins with Moderator Saudari Anis (Teman Warisan 2021) and Panelists.🌟 (πŸ“Έ Credit: MHC)
🎀 Interactive Exchange: Audience Enthralled in Q&A Session πŸ’¬πŸŒŸ (πŸ“Έ Credit: MHC)

Q&A Segment: Engaging the Audience

The forum concluded with a lively Q&A segment, where attendees actively participated in discussions surrounding the transmission of Malay values to the digital generation, the role of arts and culture in bridging generational divides, and strategies for ensuring the continued appreciation of Malay heritage among the youth.

Conclusion: A Call to Action

The event concluded with a resounding call to action, urging young analysts to contribute to the discourse surrounding local literature. Through alternative perspectives and dynamic analyses, the aim is to cultivate a deeper understanding of Malay heritage and literature, resonating with contemporary realities while honouring the legacy of the past.

The event stands as a testament to Singapore’s vibrant literary landscape and ongoing efforts to redefine and revitalise Malay heritage in the modern context.

HRW2023 was organised by the Malay Heritage Foundation (MHF) in partnership with the Malay Heritage Centre, and supported by the Malay Language Learning and Promotion Committee, National Arts Council and Wisma Geylang Serai

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Useful Links

  1. Full Video Segment I: Hari Warisan 2023
  2. Full Video Segment II: Book Launch & Legacy in Motion: Bridging Generations through Malay Heritage ForumΒ 
  3. Tribute Video for Teman Warisan 2023 and Award Recipients
  4. Dr. Norshahril Saat’s Opening SpeechΒ 
  5. Hari Warisan 2023 Media Release
  6. Berita Harian – Komposer Zubir Abdullah, Syafiqah β€˜Adha diiktiraf bagi jasa kepada warisan
  7. Berita Harian – Lestari amalan tradisi seiring perkembangan inovasi
  8. Berita Harian – Buku terbitan Yayasan Warisan Melayu galak belia martabat warisan
  9. Berita Mediacorp – Hari Warisan 2023 libatkan orang awam; lantik lagi tiga Teman Warisan
  10. Minister Edwin Tong’s FB – Malay Cultural Champions | Highlight Reel
  11. Chef Mel Dean’s FB – Selera Warisan with Chef Mel Dean Tempo Dulu Tempo Sekarang
  12. Wisma Geylang Serai’s FB – Relive the moments from Heritage Day organized by Malay Heritage Foundation on 20 January!

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