Let’s get digital: 12 online efforts by Southeast Asian artists and creatives


1. Sharul Channa’s Am I Old? Virtual Edition

What: A comedy monologue by Singaporean comedian Sharul Channa, Am I Old? will introduce you to 68-year-old retired teacher, Savitri. Listen to her hilarious stories of love, life and ageing. This live performance will be delivered via Zoom. Tickets are by donation, with proceeds going to AWARE. Each performance will be followed by a panel discussion with a family caregiver, an elderly person and a representative from AWARE. 

When: Wednesday, 22 April, 6.30pm and Friday, 24 April, 6.30pm



Via Channel NewsAsia
2. A Frame In Time

What: A Frame In Time is a three-part documentary series on Channel NewsAsia which delves into social issues and history in Singapore through an examination of paintings in the national collection, as well as re-enactments of scenes and interviews with artists, scholars and historians. The two episodes that are currently available online revolve around the work of artists such as Lai Foong Moi, Chua Mia Tee and Koeh Sia Yong.

When: Currently available online




3. Shows by WILD Rice

What: Singapore theatre company WILD Rice will be streaming its shows for free from this Friday – starting with its recent restaging of the iconic Emily of Emerald Hill, followed by Supervision by Thomas Lim and pantomime Monkey Goes West. The videos will be available for one week each only. There will also be live talkback sessions online held every Thursday.

When: Emily of Emerald Hill streams from 24 April (Friday), 7.30pm; Live Talkback: 30 April (Thursday), 9pm



Via Viddsee
4. StoriesTogether by Viddsee 

What: Viddsee has curated community-focused content, with playlists such as Lockdown Cinema Club, an initiative by filmmakers from the Philippines to help their fellow film workers in the country, and Di Rumah Aja with content by Indonesian filmmakers. 

When: Available online



Via D:Ink
5. These Foolish Dreams by Destination: Ink 

What: Attend a poetry open mic on Zoom in this online edition of cult fave Destination: Ink. There will also be a guided journaling session led by poet Irie Aman. Entry is free though a donation to a worthy cause is highly encouraged. 

When: Thursday, 23 April, 8-10pm



Via The Nation
6. Thai Film Archive’s Apart for Awhile Playlist

What: Thai Film Archive has uploaded clips and full movies onto its channel on YouTube, most notably Santi-Vina (1954), Thailand’s first feature film to be shot on 35mm with sound, which was thought to be lost for over six decades. The playlist also includes short documentary clips showing Thailand’s first escalator and Bangkok’s last tram.  

When: Available online



7. IN SILENCE WE CREATE: A Sculptural Making Workshop

What: Malaysia Design Archive is hosting a four-day workshop on sculpture making taught by Berlin-based designer-researcher Evey Kwong. Delivered via Zoom, the workshop is available via donation to a COVID-19 support effort in Malaysia. 

When: 26 April to 3 May 



Via apART.sg
8. Reflections from Home by Theatre for Seniors

What: Members from The Necessary Stage’s Theatre for Seniors group present short monologues which present how the older generation are dealing and managing with the pandemic. These monologues are available on apART.sg, a platform for artists to come together during this time. 

When: Available online



9. Poets on Permits

What: A 24-minute documentary by filmmaker Upneet Kaur-Nagpalon which features five migrant workers in Singapore who write poetry. Featuring individuals from Bangladesh, Philippines, India, China and Indonesia, the 2016 documentary reveals their innermost thoughts and feelings about their lives in Singapore.

When: Available online



10. Touch You Later!

What: An online participatory performance that explores our relationship with touch, and the loss of touch, in a time of COVID-19, Touch You Later! is led by Chong Gua Khee and Bernice Lee. These small group sessions will be held via Zoom for up to 5 audiences each time. 

When: Thursday, 30 April, hourly between 5pm to 9.30pm




11. Tropical Arts Crisis Club

What: Tropical Arts Club is a talkshow hosted on Instagram which features interviews with predominantly younger Singapore artists and creatives working in the arts. It is currently presenting a “Crisis Club” in response to COVID-19, with artists sharing their strategies on coping and dealing with the future.   

When: Available online on Facebook and Instagram



Illustration by Marie Toh. Via BooksActually
12. BooksActually’s Chats Actually

What: BooksActually’s founder Kenny Leck is having daily conversations live on Instagram with writers from Singapore and beyond, which often segues into entertaining rants and digressions based on questions from the viewers.   

When: Daily at 2pm


All information accurate as of date of publishing. 

About the author(s)

Nabilah Said is an award-winning playwright, editor and cultural commentator. She is also an artist who works with text across various artforms and formats. Her plays have been staged in Singapore and London, including ANGKAT, which won Best Original Script at the 2020 Life Theatre Awards. Nabilah is the former editor of ArtsEquator.

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