Love @ the Gallery 2

Date & Time

Readings at the Southeast Asian Gallery
10 Mar 2018
5.30pm - 6.15pm; 6.15pm - 7pm

Discussion of Southeast Asian Love Poetry
10 Mar 2018, 7pm - 7.30pm


National Gallery Singapore
Southeast Asian Gallery
1 Saint Andrew's Road




Writing about love is a challenge. How does one verbalise an intimate and inexpressible feeling? How does one top the Bard and other poets and songwriters? But still we persist in writing love poems.

Art at the National Gallery Singapore becomes a muse for the poets, who have been drawn from all the official linguistic traditions in Singapore. Those poems are ekphrastic – that is, they engage in the imaginative act of describing, narrating, or reflecting on situations limned in paintings or sculptures, expanding and amplifying on the meaning that they evoke. The artworks at the Gallery offer an unparalleled vantage point for representations of love in Southeast Asia’s rich history and cultural heritage.

Poet Edwin Thumboo will open the readings, some of which will be accompanied by musicians, dancers and a choir. Through the readings, the audience will be continually led back to the poems and the respective artworks that inspired them.

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Organised By

Poetry Festival (Singapore)

About the Organiser

Poetry Festival Singapore, formerly known as National Poetry Festival, offers a multilingual, multicultural, multi-generational platform for poets and poetry enthusiasts in the appreciation of the art of poetry in Singapore. Poetry Festival Singapore aims also to develop the written and spoken word in the island’s four official languages and to organize events and activities related to the literary arts. The annual National Poetry Competition is accepting submissions until May 2018.