The Malay Heritage Foundation

SIP(+) Speakers - 18 JUNE 2022

The launch of the Sembang Ilmu Plus(+) will feature four prominent, intellectuals and thought leaders from the arts & heritage field to tap into the knowledge and insights regarding arts and heritage for the society.

Do not miss having a chance to meet these speakers who will be conducting lectures on varying topics related to arts and heritage:

Dr. Marc Nair

Dr. Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore. He has published ten volumes of poetry. A recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award, he is currently working on a manuscript of poetry centred around minority representation and has just released his third spoken word album, Sounds Like A Buzz, on all major streaming platforms. Marc will also be performing a spoken word performance.

Lecture Title: I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Artist in Society

Dr. Amin Farid

Dr. Amin Farid is a choreographer, arts educator, and maritime Southeast Asian performing arts researcher. A recipient of the 2017 Singapore Youth Award and the 2018 India-ASEAN Youth Awards, Amin is the curator of an online portal, ARKITARI, which documents maritime Southeast Asian dances. He is also the current president of a dance organisation, DIAN Dancers, and the founding member of Arki-Gen, a group focused on promoting discourse and research about Southeast Asian performing arts.

Lecture Title: Moving Bodies, Connecting Histories

Dr. Wong Chee Meng

Dr. Wong Chee Meng is an independent scholar with a research interest in the practice and management of intangible heritage in multi-ethnic Singapore. He has authored a book on the historical and cultural memory of Kreta Ayer that re-examines the social construction of ‘Chinatown’ in relation to postcolonial identity and cultural diversity.

Lecture Title: Learning to be Intercultural

Ms. Shaza Ishak

Ms. Shaza Ishak is the managing director of Teater Ekamatra, an ethnic minority theatre company in Singapore established in 1988. She leads the company in its strategy and vision, programming and producing the company’s artistic works. She believes in effecting social change through the art of storytelling on stage and is committed to forging progress for the ethnic minority arts scene and communities in Singapore and beyond.

In 2019, she graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (UK) with an MA in Creative Producing with the support of the National Arts Council Arts Postgraduate Scholarship, the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award, and the Li Siong Tay Postgraduate Scholarship; as well as the BinjaiTree Foundation and the Trailblazer Foundation. For the last three years, she has been a fellow of the Singapore International Foundation’s Arts for Good Fellowship and the International Society for the Performing Arts (USA). Most recently, she was the youngest fellow in the 68-year history of The Eisenhower Fellowship (USA). In November 2021, she was conferred the inaugural Tunas Warisan (Special Mention Award) by the Malay Heritage Foundation to acknowledge her work in the Malay Arts and Heritage sector. She is currently pursuing the Global Cultures MA at King’s College London. She is also an adjunct lecturer at Lasalle College of the Arts (BA Arts Management).

Lecture Title: Arts Philanthropy in Ethnic Minority Communities

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