Celebrating 5 years of CEX with 10 days of original works by inspirational artists from both sides of the causeway. Come and let your senses feast on the exceptional, the extraordinary, and the exhilarating.
Theatre. Comedy. Dance. Music. Film. Literary Arts. Visual Arts.
CausewayEXchange (CEX) is a joint arts and culture initiative between Singapore and Malaysia that aims to serve as the premiere exchange platform between the arts and creative communities of Singapore and Malaysia. The festival aims to foster greater collaborations among young artists and the well-established from both countries. Held annually, the festival celebrates the arts not only by showcasing performances and masterpieces but also giving practitioners and audiences a chance to participate in educational workshops conducted by professionals. Ever since the first festival held in 2010, CEX has successfully commissioned, collaborated and supported more than 150 projects ranging from visual arts to performing arts to mixed media.
CEX is organised by DMR Productions.
A Platform that aims to foster greater collaboration between Singaporeans and Malaysians through artistic, social and business activities.
That aims too increase the support and expand audience base for the arts and culture in both countries.
And to facilitate greater opportunities and awareness for placement and exchange programmes for the arts and culture industries of both countries.
Through a combination of artistic and social activities, CausewayEXchange provides a holistic programme that is reciprocal in nature, aiming to foster better understanding and strengthen relations between two countries in an act of cultural diplomacy.
For its 5th edition, the multi-disciplinary arts festival aims to increase support towards the arts from the public, to bridge the communities, and to expand its audience base. Art exhibitions, staged productions, comedy shows and participative programmes are lined up throughout this 10-day celebration for audiences of all ages and background. The festival continues to facilitate greater opportunities and awareness for cultural exchange programmes for both countries through artistic, social and lifestyle activities.
The cross cultural collaboration is a very meaningful event and it will help to strenghten the art culture/practise from both countries. Such collaboration should continue to promote local art to our neighbourhood countries in the near future.
CausewayEXchange has proven itself to be a worthy platform for Singapore-Malaysia collaborations. It was an enjoyable process bringing the work up and performing in front of a different audience; moreover STAGES and its collaborators for On This Emerald Hill had the chance to meet Malaysian artists in their own grounds and work with their arts managers. It was the exchange of both our stories and work cultures. With just one production, we get to conceive potential productions in the year or two ahead with our fellow Malayan straits artists. We cannot wait to see what future EXchanges may bring.
The festival brings artists of different arts groups together by providing a common platform for us to appreciate and examine one another’s works. Since all our works are showcased in one common location, we are given the time to interact and exchange ideas. The chances of collaboration are very high since we get to see what other art form can help to improve our work and what our own art form can bring to others.
It is an absolute pleasure meeting artists from Malaysia and getting the opportunity to share perspectives, issues and challenges facing the arts industry. With such awareness that CEX brings, we can definitely look forward to more exposure to each other’s works and opportunities to collaborate. I’m already looking forward to the next CEX to see works done by artists from across the causeway and to meet more like-minded people who are passionate about making even better works.
Performing stand-up comedy in Singapore has always been an absolute blast. It was made even more special by participating in the CausewayEXchange as it was a showcase of Malaysian arts for Singaporeans.I was genuinely thrilled we sold out 3 nights, it was totally unexpected. The Singaporeans responded well to our material which goes to show that neighbours we may be, we still are pretty much one and the same.
Though Malaysians and Singaporeans are culturally the same and politically similar, I believe Singaporeans had a chance of taking a peek at the subtle differences between the two countries through the various plays, specifically INDIAN LAWYERS. A session with the industy players in Singapore thru the Kopi Shop Talk, enlightened us on the similar situation we are in, in terms of funding, sponsor intrusion, commercial viabilities of shows and whether artists are able to make a living out of Arts. Serious Comedy Studio is glad and proud to have participated in CausewayEXchange. Thumbs up to DMR.
“CausewayEXchange is a little gem of a festival …. very well organized, diverse, yet focused. It provides a quick snapshot of theatrical and artistic activity of Malaysia to people in Singapore, and I assume it will do the same with Singaporean artistic endeavours in Kuala Lumpur the following year. Thanks to Shawn and his cohorts like Razak as well as the folks at the Arts House, the festival ran smoothly and it was a very pleasant experience for myself and my cast and crew. The fact that it all took place within a single building made it easy to meet with some of the other performers, an added benefit. It also made it easier to have a simple but effective opening ceremony as well as a forum on the last day of the festival. Kudos once again to CEX and the Arts House.”
CEX was the perfect platform for me as a Malaysian writer working in Singapore to launch my travel book. This “in between” spcae Singapore and Malaysia and our prickly relationship with eath other has a rich and complex history – which provides a fertile ground for ideas and perspectives.
I found my experience at CausewayEXchange to be enlightening and enlivening. The various interactions between artists of different genres and the responses from audiences during performances were consistently engaging and rewarding. The events were also well-organised and coordinated.
Presenting Best Of at CausewayEXchange at Georgetown last year was a blast.
It was an honour and a privilege to be able to present a work to audiences that
were so deeply appreciative. They stayed back long after the play ended to interact
with the artistic team. The warmth in the exchange makes us want to return time
and time again, and hopefully some time in the near future we will be able to work
with Georgetown artists in a collaborative project.
The Arts House
1 Old Parliament Lane
Aliwal Arts Centre
28 Aliwal Street
Malay Heritage Centre
85 Sultan Gate
666 North Bridge Road
1 Marina Boulevard
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