M1 SINGAPORE FRINGE FESTIVAL 2022 – international call for proposals on the theme: THE HELPERS. The Festival focuses on contemporary, cutting-edge and socially engaged performing and live art works. The Festival is an exciting and inclusive festival of live art. It is known for its strong programming. Through the Festival, we aim to present excellent and bold new works on social issues to the Singapore audience.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
A global pandemic. The economy in free fall. Polarised politics. Law enforcers using brutality on peaceful protesters.
2020 has been a year fraught with upheaval and uncertainty—even one of abject despair and heartbreak for some amongst us who have lost who and what we love. We have had to unlearn routines we took for granted, adjust to new—distanced—modes of communing with others, and search for new anchors for our unmoored existences.
2020 has left us bereft, in a rage and desperate for aid—and for justice. But it has also been a year where many amongst us decided to rise up, fuelling our rage with love and duty. 2020 has been a year where we offered help generously: through families and friends, participation in grassroots organisations, mutual aid initiatives, impromptu emergency relief.
For Fringe 2022, we invite you to consider how, in spite of these despairing times, our collective universe of obligation can expand in defiance, to offer optimism, hope and healing. How can we propel a politics of care—one that focuses on compassion and the wellbeing of all, be they kin, community, citizens and our environment?
12-23 January 2022.