Over 300 students from 33 primary and secondary schools have documented the Covid-19 pandemic in a new online arts festival that will be launched on Monday 29th June.
Called #Engage 2.0: An Online Arts Festival , the platform is organised by TRCL in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and schools.
Featuring 74 works spanning the genres of visual arts, dance and music, the festival will be available online after the launch. The works were created by students between the ages of seven and sixteen during the extended Circuit Breaker phase from 4th May to 2nd June 2020 and will be displayed in a
virtual gallery and through video performances.
Second Minister for Education, Ms Indranee Rajah will be the guest of honour for the launch of the online arts festival. She will deliver a speech as part of the festival’s online launch video which will be live-streamed on TRCL’s YouTube channel.
Check out the virtual galleries!
“This online arts festival is an extension of the inaugural #Engage initiative which ran from mid-April to end April during the Circuit Breaker. The initiative was aimed towards keeping some of our children and youth engaged during the full Home-Based Learning (HBL) period through online arts and lifestyle programmes. With the extension of the Circuit Breaker from May to June, there was interest and an expressed need to continue engaging these students and hence the natural progression from training and equipping students with new skills to giving them a goal to work towards, that is, to create a work and to share their own original creations with a wider public”
– Mr Tan Tee Tong, Chief Operating Officer of TRCL
Says Jeffrey Tan, well known theatre practitioner and educator, Festival Director of #Engage 2.0: “In these times of crisis, many people panic and can’t cope or pretend to cope. Through the safe space of the arts, the youths are able to articulate their hopes, gratitude and resilience to keep a balance of their own well being while thinking about their friends, family and country.
“This virtual festival is a celebration of the students’ creativity, imagination and a reflection of this challenging time as well as their ability at a young age to look ahead with hope, gratitude and resilience to help each other get to the brighter side of the times.”