Monday, June 19, 2006

M1 Singapore Fringe Festival: Art and Disability

The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is an annual festival of theatre, performance arts, film, dance, visual arts, mixed media, music and forum created and presented by Singaporean and international artists. Themed differently each year, the Festival aims to bring the best of contemporary, cutting-edge and socially-engaged works to the Singapore audience.

The Fringe team which is made up of people from The Necessary Stage is already preparing for next year's festival themed Art and Disability. They also have a blog for the festival. From M1 Singapore Fringe Festival blog:
As a human race, we face a crisis when that which protects us also condemns us. Has media and art, in bringing awareness of various needs to the global village, ironically make us immune to the numerous tragedies we face every day?

In this context, what then is the efficacy of art when confronted with the theme of disability? Does it enable or disable?

The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2007 throws the spotlight on Art and Disability as the theme is contemporary and urgent. We hope that you will join us in addressing the complex issues of disability and make this festival a site where different views contest and spar dynamically.

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