Both Sides, Now is an arts-based community engagement project which has explored what it means to live well and leave well since 2013. Our 2021-2022 edition, Mengukir Harapan (carving hope), has been made with and largely for the Malay-Muslim community and represents our hope to create a culturally relevant, safe space for a potentially challenging topic.
The end-of-life is something that not many may want to talk about, but discussing it does not have to be awkward or uncomfortable. Come September, our Public Engagement Lepaskan Sesalan (Release Your Regrets) provides a safe space to continue the conversation on death, dying and bereavement, from where we left off last year.
There will be different programmes available on all four days, such that people can choose different ways to participate and interact with one another! Highlights include forum theatre performance Sukar (Melepaskan)- Mendakap Kenangan, which portrays a family of three siblings grappling with the death of their father, in which audience’s suggestions and contributions are key to helping the family resolve their conflicts. Or through interactive performance Waktu, the story of a widow, told through five acts accompanied by various activities inviting participants into her story. Visitors may also watch Kembali, a dance performance inspired by wisdom of our community elders and stories about letting go, or view of life and legacy, an art exhibition where expressions of love, loss and regret are captured through the works of community art-makers.
Venue: Heartbeat@Bedok Atrium, 11 Bedok North Street 1
When: 21 - 24 Sep 2022, 10am - 10pm