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Play on former ISA detainees cancelled on ‘advice’ by National Arts Council

Posted by temasektimes on August 23, 2012

The reading of ‘Square Moon’, a play written by local playwright Wong Souk Yee on the lives of former ISA detainees originally planned for this Sunday 26 August 2012 at the Substation has been cancelled in the last minute, according to NGO ‘Function 8′.

In addition, the play Square Moon originally commissioned for a festival next year has now been taken off the programme, based on the ‘advice’ of the National Arts Council.

In a brief statement posted on its website, ‘Function 8′ wrote:

“Function 8 is greatly disappointed by the turn of events as we have been informed that the government‐funded venues and support for these events will no longer be available to us. On this note, we register our disquiet at the uncalled‐for interference by the authorities.”

Function 8 is an initiative by a group of citizens who strongly believe that there is a need to facilitate the sharing of social, political and economic experiences of those who had, or are eager to contribute to society through reflection and civic discussion.

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7 Responses to “Play on former ISA detainees cancelled on ‘advice’ by National Arts Council”

  1. Sinkaypoh said

    Silence of the Sheep…. ;)

  2. Lim said

    It is to be expected. Any liberalisation of human rights is only cosmetic and skin-deep. Whatever they may say otherwise take it with many pinches of salt and vinegar – only the 60% will swallow everything hook, line and sinker and be completely convinced by their words carried daily in mainstream media.

  3. Jack said

    find another location

  4. Kim said

    Simply put –coerce by PAP.

  5. advice said

    I advise the National Art Council to go fuck itself.

  6. Sgcynic said

    Knocked by a sacred cow to be slain

  7. sporeoboriginal said

    Do not be discouraged!! These things happened if viewed positively can potentially backfire all gahmens efforts in showing people how democratic we are. Maybe u guys can record the show and use youtube to spread the msg instead. Go on an online video marketing rampage and get even more people to watch! Zzz.. Im so sad to see how many people these days dont even know the true meaning of democracy. Spore is only democratic when viewed from national policy point of view.. Other than that, wecome to communism. We are no different from north korea ; )

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