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A showcase between Singapore and Malaysia at the George Town Festival, celebrating the creative possibilities inspired by the arts and culture of both cities

​​​Singapore, 31 August 2018 – Singapore Tourism Board (STB), together with George Town Festival (GTF) and the National Arts Council (NAC) presents ConneXions: Passion Made Possible, a cultural showcase that will take the centre stage at this year's George Town Festival from 31st August 2018 to 2nd September 2018. The three-day showcase will highlight the strong ties between the two cities that celebrates creativity, arts and culture, with Singapore as a UNESCO Creative City of Design and George Town, Penang a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The showcase follows the launch of STB's new Passion Made Possible global campaign on 29 Aug 2018.  At the launch, STB had announced it would activate three more "Passion Tribes" to further entice visitors to cultivate their passions and interests in Singapore. These three tribes are Culture Shapers (who enjoy immersing in arts and culture), Socialisers (who thrive on the energy of nightlife and entertainment), and Action Seekers (who seek out action and excitement). 

Festival goers will experience the best of Singapore and Penang through music, visual and traditional art, film, food and a designers' showcase hosted in various venues in George Town. "We are excited to work with the George Town Festival and the National Arts Council for this showcase. Singapore and Malaysia, are countries both rich in heritage and culture with strong communities of creative minds and flourishing local arts scenes. ConneXions is thus a great collaboration opportunity for the two countries to come together on a topic that is dear to both our hearts," shared Edward Koh, Executive Director of Southeast Asia, Singapore Tourism Board. 

"We hope that festival goers will feel the passions of the talented individuals whom we are featuring at the showcase.  Through them, we also hope that the festival will inspire visitors from Malaysia to indulge their passions in Singapore and discover more about our burgeoning arts and culture, as well as our vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene," added Mr Koh. 

"We are very excited to be continuing our partnership with Singapore in this year's George Town Festival, this time with ConneXions: Passion Made Possible, and to be working with some of the top names from Singapore. Singapore has always been a strong collaborative partner with George Town Festival, with programmes almost every other year since 2010. We sincerely appreciate STB and NAC for partnering with us for this project and hope we can continue our Penang x Singapore platform to showcase talents for both countries." says Mr Joe Sidek, Festival Director of GTF. 

"We are thrilled for so many Singapore artists to once again be part of the George Town Festival, especially at this dedicated showcase highlighting both countries' creative talents across a range of art forms and fields. This event is especially meaningful because it builds upon the deep cultural connections between Singapore and Malaysia. We hope that Penang audiences and all visitors to the festival will enjoy the Singapore line-up presented at ConneXions, and that we will continue to have more opportunities like these for the arts to bring people together in celebration," said Kenneth Kwok, Assistant Chief Executive (Planning & Engagement) of the National Arts Council. 

The ConneXions: Passion Made Possible features five showcase venues – the Singapore Designers' Showcase at Artlane, China House, Cheah Kongsi, Blue Mansion and QE2. Supported by SilkAir as the official airline partner, the line-up is jointly curated by GTF, STB and NAC to encourage festival goers to gather and be inspired.

Singapore Designers' Showcase @ Artlane (31 August – 1 September 2018, 11am – 9pm daily)

Key highlights from the showcase includes a collaborative wall mural painting by street artists SKL0 (from Singapore) and Akid One (from Malaysia), and curated showcase of various Singapore designers. 

China House (31 August – 1 September 2018, from 930pm onwards)

Key highlights of the showcase includes a music collaboration between singer Tabitha Nauser and rapper Yung Raja, both based in Singapore. The showcase also features Singapore's singer-songwriter Charlie Lim and the indie-electronic duo .gif. Visitors will get to taste a little of Singapore through a MY-SIN menu collaboration featuring bartender Matthew Chan from Nouri and delectable heritage dishes featuring Chef Damian D'Silva of Folklore.

Cheah Kongsi (1-2 September 2018, 830pm daily)

Featuring Teochew Opera performances by 15-year old Tan Wei Tian, 16-year old Yap Ting and Mdm Tan Kah Noi from Singapore's music and drama association Nam Hwa Opera.

Blue Mansion (1 September 2018, 730pm)

An exclusive screening featuring the film "The Blue Mansion" by leading Singapore film and theatre director Glen Goei followed by an online chat with Glen himself to find out more about the inspirations behind the film. ​

QE2 (2 September 2018, 930pm)

Join George Town Festival goers at this eventful closing party Zouk Singapore inspired by the annual ZoukOut which takes place in Singapore annually, with this year's much-anticipated party taking place on the 1 December 2018.

ConneXions: Passion Made Possible showcase starts from 31st August 2018 to 2nd September 2018 at George Town Festival. Visit for more information.


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​​For more information, please refer to the factsheet/event listing​.

To download image assets of different showcase, please click HERE.

​About the Singapore Tourism Board

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is the lead development agency for tourism, one of Singapore's key economic sectors. Together with industry partners and the community, we shape a dynamic Singapore tourism landscape. We bring the Passion Made Possible brand to life by differentiating Singapore as a vibrant destination that inspires people to share and deepen their passions. For more information, visit or or follow us on Twitter @STB_sg (

About the National Arts Council

The National Arts Council champions the arts in Singapore. By nurturing creative excellence and supporting broad audience engagement, our diverse and distinctive arts inspire our people, connect communities and profile Singapore internationally. We preserve our rich, cultural traditions as we cultivate accomplished artists and vibrant companies for the future. Our support for the arts is comprehensive – from grants and partnerships to industry facilitation and arts housing. The Council welcomes greater private and corporate giving to and through the arts so that together we can make the arts an integral part of everyone's lives. For more information on the Council's mission and plans, visit

About the George Town Festival

George Town Festival is an annual, month-long celebration of culture, heritage, art, and community. Inaugurated in 2010 in honour of George Town's designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the festival transforms the city into a global stage, showcasing world-class performances, installations, and collaborations from international and local artists alike. With over one hundred unique events each year, the festival seeks to create new and vibrant connections between the traditional and the contemporary, the past and the future. For more information, visit