A Brighter Tomorrow?: Aram and What the Youth Want
Talks & Conferences
DATE / TIME
5 Nov, Sun
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
VENUEThe Arts House, Blue Room
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FESTIVAL PASS EVENT
This session is in English
What kind of society are we leaving behind for the next generation? Three Singaporeans from different sectors share what they hope for and what they fear most. They are singer-songwriter Didicazli, who works closely with challenged youths; poet-lawyer Amanda Chong, who works with children and migrant women; and Jessica Cheam, founder of the environment-conscious social enterprise Eco-Business.
Didicazli is an award-winning singer-songwriter. Seven of his songs were No. 1 hits on the Singapore radio Malay music charts. He won the Anugerah Planet Muzik and AnugeraHitz awards in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Didicazli holds a bachelor’s in communications, and is the recipient of the RMIT University Top Student Award and Vice-Chancellor’s List Award. He is the director of Damalee Communications, director of Starlight Music Asia, and project director for The Rising Star Project.
Amanda Chong is a lawyer trained at Cambridge and Harvard, who writes poems during lunch breaks. Her first collection, Professions, was published in 2016. A winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, her poetry has been engraved on the Marina Bay Helix Bridge and included in the Cambridge International GCSE syllabus. Her creative writing has appeared in Monocle, The Straits Times and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore.
Photo credit: Ejun Low
Jessica Cheam is the managing editor of Eco-Business. She is an award-winning journalist, TV presenter and social entrepreneur, with a particular expertise in sustainable development. She was formerly the political and environment correspondent for The Straits Times and is an adjunct research associate at the Centre for Liveable Cities. She is the author of Forging a Greener Tomorrow: Singapore's Journey from Slum to Eco-City, and is also the presenter of a Channel NewsAsia documentary on climate change.