About The Future of Our Pasts

Singapore’s history comes to life in a different way with The Future of Our Pasts Festival (TFOOPFest), a month-long festival exploring lesser-known stories of communities and places of the past and present, reimagined through artistic mediums.

 

Organised by Yale-NUS in support of the Singapore Bicentennial, TFOOPFest runs from 16 February to 17 March 2019 at various locations around the city.

The festival showcases projects by students and recent graduates from different tertiary institutions in Singapore and abroad, who have been commissioned to investigate less explored narratives of Singapore’s history, and present them via creative or artistic mediums. Through immersive performances, exhibitions, public installations, books, films, and a web documentary, these projects explore diverse themes of space, architecture, communities, language, race, relationships, and the arts.

TFOOPFest invites you to discover these stories with us, and engage with what our many pasts mean for Singapore — now and in the future.

Festival Message

If I had to explain in one sentence what The Future of Our Pasts is trying to achieve, my response would be this: To get more people in Singapore interested in history through stories.

 

Stories told by young people in Singapore of love, loss, discovery and identity. Stories all of us can relate to in some way.

Through their works, we encounter personal and community histories, memories, histories of places gone and places still existing. We become aware of the complexities of historical representation and identity-making.

The Future of Our Pasts is both a history grant, and an arts-and-media festival. Since its inception, the grant and festival (also known as TFOOPFest) has focused on engaging with history outside of academia. When the call for proposals was launched, applicants were encouraged to examine less-explored historical narratives and present their findings through artistic mediums. We wanted young Singaporeans to write their own history and in so doing develop a sense of belonging and identity. We are proud to present 11 projects by students and recent graduates from different tertiary institutions in Singapore and abroad. Over the year and a half since our open call, the teams were able to refine their ideas and project concepts through a series of workshops and critique sessions. For some project creators who are undertaking a creative project for the first time, this process has also been a journey of learning and discovery.

Each of their projects provide different entry points for audiences to ‘reimagine’ Singapore’s history, through performances, exhibitions, public installations, books, films, and a web documentary.

There will also be fringe programmes on offer during the month-long festival, such as a curated film screening series, walking tours, workshops, talks and panel discussions to encourage conversations about history.

I do hope you will take the time to attend and explore the different programmes at the festival. Our hope is for TFOOPFest to challenge and deepen our understanding of history, and serve as a catalyst for further ruminations about Singapore’s past.

The Festival Organising Team and I owe a great debt to many people (arts practitioners, scholars, and mentors) who have so generously offered their time and invaluable advice to our teams as they developed their projects. We are also very grateful to our invited speakers, panelists, workshop and walking tour leaders, who have enriched our festival programmes with their perspectives and insight.

My heartfelt thanks to Tan Li-Jen and Yap Zhiwen for their dedication and effort in managing this project. They have been instrumental in ensuring the smooth progress of TFOOPFest from conception to fruition. I wish also to express my thanks to our Festival Team and Volunteers who have worked tirelessly to ensure a successful festival. And finally, to all our project creators, I wish to convey my deepest appreciation for your hard work, creativity, and dedication to your projects. Congratulations!

—Professor Tan Tai Yong
Chair, Festival Steering Committee

Festival Team

Led by Yap Zhiwen
and Tan Li-Jen

Noelle Ngoc Phan,
Natalie Ng, 
Joel Yew,
Kwok Jia Yang,
Frances Pek,
Anupriya Ramamoorthy,
Jin Yuchen,
Nur Hazeem Bin Abdul Nasser, 
Stefan Liew,
Annabelle Ho, 
Manto Joseff Danielle,
and Charmaine Chua.

Steering Committee

 

Chaired by Tan Tai Yong

Naoko Shimazu, Lee Chee Keng, Brian Farrell, John Solomon, Kwa Chong Guan

Frequently Asked Questions

When does TFOOPFest take place?
TFOOPFest happens from 16 Feb – 17 Mar 2019, in conjunction with the Singapore Bicentennial. Festival events will be held at various locations around the city. Check out the full line-up here!
Is there an official Festival Launch?
TFOOPFest will open with an official Festival Launch on 16 Feb 2019, at The Projector. Expect to hear from project creators about their works and view an exhibition featuring all our different projects. Stay tuned on Facebook and Instagram for more details to come!
How can I stay updated on TFOOPFest news and events?
You should definitely follow us on Facebook and Instagram for festival updates, and a closer look at our projects, their creators, and the stories they uncover! You can also subscribe to our Mailing List to receive information about TFOOPFest events.
Where can I get a TFOOPFest Festival Guide?
You can download our Festival Guide here. Physical copies will also be available at all TFOOPFest events, as well as some arts spaces and F&B establishments in Singapore.
How do I get tickets for TFOOPFest events?
Some of our events are free with registration, while others are ticketed. Details about individual events are available at the Programmes page.
How can I get involved with TFOOPFest?
Apart from coming to one or more of our festival events lined up, you can also volunteer with us. We’re always looking out for new members to join the TFOOPFest family. Find out more here.
Where can I go for media inquiries?
For all media inquiries, please contact Tricia Low (TFOOP@ricecomms.com)
Get Involved

The Future of Our Pasts Festival is recruiting volunteers to join us in making TFOOPFest possible.


If you are passionate about arts and culture, media, history, or all of the above, we want you! Sign up here today.

TFOOPFest volunteers will get an exclusive look at what goes on behind-the-scenes of the festival, meet the artists and teams behind our projects, and get some kickass merchandise.
Festival Guide

Download the TFOOPFest Festival Guide here for our full line-up of events and activities!

 


Physical copies are also available at our Festival Launch, all festival events, and various arts spaces and F&B establishments in Singapore.

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Schedule
Festival Launch
What  Opening
When 16 Feb, Sat | 1 - 5pm
WhereThe Projector
ORchard: A Stroll Between Valleys
WhatPublic Installation
When19 Feb – 14 Mar
WhereOutside Ngee Ann City
Further Beyond
What  Film Screening
When 19 Feb, Tue | 7pm
WhereThe Projector, Blue Room
Remembering Sungei
WhatExhibition
When20 Feb – 3 Mar
WhereDECK
Intimacies
WhatExhibition
Where21 Feb – 2 Mar
WhenThe Substation
Sarong Party
WhatMusic Performance
When22 Feb, Fri | 7.30 - 9.30pm
WhereLaSalle College of the Arts, Flexible Performance Space
Factory (Super)Women
WhatFilm Screening & Panel Discussion
When23 Feb, Sat | 11am - 12:30pm
WhereJurong Town Hall, Theatrette
Sarong Party
WhatMusic Performance
When23 Feb, Sat | 2.30 - 4.30pm, 7.30 - 9.30pm
WhereLaSalle College of the Arts, Flexible Performance Space
Factory (Super)Women Exhibition
WhatExhibition
When23 Feb-24 Feb, Sat-Sun
WhereJurong Town Hall, Penthouse
ORchard: A Stroll Between Valleys
WhatWalking Tour
When23 Feb, Sat | 9am – 12pm
WhereTBA
There Was a Road Here
WhatWalking Tour
When23 Feb, Sat | 9am - 12pm
WhereTBA
(Super) Sewing Session
WhatActivity
When24 Feb, Sun | 10.30am - 12pm & 1pm - 2.30pm
WhereJurong Town Hall, Penthouse
Once More Upon A Time
WhatWriting Workshops
When26 Feb, Tue | 7pm – 9pm
WhereSing Lit Station
Alternate Pasts: Politics of Commemoration of 1915
WhatTalk
When27 Feb, Wed 7.30 - 8:30pm
WhereThe Arts House, Blue Room
People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose
WhatFilm Screening
When28 Feb, Thur | 7pm
WhereThe Projector, Blue Room
First Storeys
WhatTheatrical Installation
When1 - 10 Mar
Where300 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee
Boka di Stori
WhatGraphic Novel Launch & Writers Panel
When1 Mar, Fri | 6.30pm – 9.30pm
WhereCentre 42
Singapore Housing History
WhatTalk
When2 Mar, Sat | 3pm
Where300 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee
There Was a Road Here
WhatWalking Tour
When2 Mar, Sat | 9am - 12pm
WhereTBA
Board Game Night – Ila-Ila di Sul (The Southern Islands)
WhatActivity
When2 Mar, Sat | 7 - 9pm
WhereCentre 42
Cherki Class
WhatWorkshop
When2 Mar, Sat | 4 - 6pm
WhereCentre 42
Prendeh Kristang (A Beginner’s Kristang Class)
WhatWorkshop
When2 Mar, Sat | 1 - 3pm
WhereCentre 42
Trivia Night
WhatActivity
When2 Mar, Sat | 7 - 9pm
WhereCentre 42
Ngua Korpu, Ngua Kaza (One Body, One Home) Exhibition
WhatExhibition
When2–5 Mar, Sat–Tues | 12.30pm – 8.30pm
WhereCentre 42
First Steps
WhatWorkshop
When3 Mar, Sun | 10am
Where300 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee
A New History of Kristang in Singapore
WhatTalk
When3 Mar, Sun | 2 - 4pm
WhereCentre 42
Once More Upon A Time
WhatWriting Workshops
When5 Mar, Tue | 7pm – 9pm
WhereSing Lit Station
Erase and Forget
WhatFilm Screening
When7 Mar, Thur | 7pm
WhereThe Projector, Blue Room
ORchard: A Stroll Between Valleys
WhatWalking Tour
When9 Mar, Sat | 9am – 12pm
WhereTBA
Challenging the Nuclear Family
WhatTalk
When9 Mar, Sat | 3pm
Where300 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee
Project IDIOM
WhatConcert
When9 Mar, Fri | 1.30pm – 3.30pm, 7pm – 9pm
WhereEsplanade Recital Studio
MEANTIME
WhatZine Lauch & Showcase
When10 Mar, Sun | 1pm – 3pm
WhereSPRMRKT at STPI
First Steps
WhatWorkshop
When10 Mar, Sun | 10am
Where300 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee
Rojak Romance
WhatFilm Screening
When10 Mar, Sun | 2pm – 3.30pm
WhereThe Projector, Blue Room
Once More Upon A Time
WhatWriting Workshops
When12 Mar, Tue | 7pm – 9pm
WhereSing Lit Station
The Art of Interpreting History
WhatTalk
When13 Mar, Wed | 7 - 8.30pm
WhereThe Arts House, Blue Room
Golden Slumbers
WhatFilm Screening
When14 Mar, Thur | 7pm
WhereThe Projector, Blue Room
Merged
WhatInteractive Documentary
When15 & 16 Mar, Fri & Sat
WhereFOUND @ Prinsep
Rojak Romance
WhatFilm Screening
When16 Mar, Sat | 6pm – 7.30pm
WhereIndian Heritage Centre
(Super)Women Assemble
WhatActivity
When1 Mar, Fri | 5.30 - 9pm
WhereYale-NUS College, Cendana Dining Hall 28 College Ave West Singapore 138533
Closing Reception & Public Reading
WhatClosing & Reading
When17 Mar, Sun | 6.30pm
WhereTHE MOON