Kuo Pao Kun, founder and first Artistic Director of The Substation – A Home for the Arts, passed away on 10 September 2002. He left behind a legacy of iconic plays, influential thoughts, and this precious independent art space that has been a creative playground for many different artists and communities since it was first founded in 1990. This delicate and raw space holds hope and potential for engagement, sharing, and learning, through various modes of contemporary artistic community practice and discourse. It is within this space that diverse voices were found and heard, and continue to this day to make the critical processes of unlearning and relearning possible for emerging and practicing artists, as well as for a diverse range of communities and civil societies.
As part of The Substation’s SeptFest 2012, The Substation will open its theatre to the public from 12pm on Monday 10 September 2012, to 12pm Tuesday 11 September 2012, and is inviting everyone to visit at any time during this 24hour period and share memories of Kuo Pao Kun and of the home he built, through any form of artistic expression.
The artists who will be presenting on Monday through to Tuesday include Benjamin Ho, Verena Tay, Kai Lam, Peter Sau, Irfan Kasban, Kenneth Kwok, Chee Keng and Li Cassidy. We welcome visitors who would like to leave a message in Kuo Pao Kun’s memory or would like to contribute to the lineup of presentations. Please join us for this intimate sharing session!
These presentations will be open to public for free and will be documented for archival purposes. There will be light refreshments available.
Read more about SeptFest and the Kuo Pao Kun Festival below.
The Substation turns 22 this September and we’re celebrating with SeptFest! SeptFest is our month-long birthday celebration of art, culture and community and this year’s festival features the anticipated sound, visual and performance art projects selected for the coveted Open Call platform, the 5th Singapore Indie Doc Fest, selected performances from the Kuo Pao Kun Festival, a book launch, birthday party, and more. The Substation is Singapore’s first independent, contemporary art centre and was founded by the visionary Kuo Pao Kun in 1990. It has been at the forefront of supporting critical, rigorous and experimental art in Singapore for the last 22 years.
Join us this September as we celebrate another milestone for The Substation, Singapore’s original home for the arts.
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Kuo Pao Kun Festival
This year marks the tenth anniversary of Kuo Pao Kun’s passing. Best known for pioneering and developing multicultural themes in his body of work, Kuo’s humanistic ideals, integrated into his brand of theatre, continue to rouse and inspire theatre-makers today. This festival is open to all who share our passion; beyond honouring him, we wish to explore our relationship with Kuo Pao Kun a decade later. Visit www.practice.org.sg for more information.