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Banupriya Ponnarasu of Apsaras Arts acts and dances in Atlas: A Lyrical Film, a short film for Poetry Festival Singapore.
Banupriya Ponnarasu of Apsaras Arts acts and dances in Atlas: A Lyrical Film, a short film for Poetry Festival Singapore.PHOTO: POETRY FESTIVAL SINGAPORE
Banupriya Ponnarasu of Apsaras Arts acts and dances in Atlas: A Lyrical Film, a short film for Poetry Festival Singapore.

ONLINE EVENTS

POETRY FESTIVAL SINGAPORE

The annual festival returns in its seventh edition, going online in the light of the renewed Covid-19 restrictions.

Highlights this year include a poetic tribute to healthcare workers and an international reading featuring Singapore Literature Prize-winning poets Marylyn Tan and Samuel Lee as well as migrant writers Eli Nur Fadilah and Md Mukul Hossine.

Two events - the e-screening of Giovanni Ortega's Atlas: A Lyrical Film and a workshop with London's Young Poet Laureate Cecilia Knapp - are ticketed. The other 22 are free.

The Singapore Literature Conference will also return as part of the festival for the third time, looking at the theme of community.

The festival will be opened today with Minister of State for Education Sun Xueling as the guest of honour and a keynote speech by Hong Kong poet Yau Ching.

WHERE: Facebook (www.facebook.com/poetryfestivalsg) WHEN: Today to Aug 8 ADMISSION: Free, except Atlas ($15) and Cecilia Knapp's workshop ($20), from pfs2021.peatix.com

INFO www.poetryfestival.sg

MYTHICAL COMIC

SACRED GUARDIANS AUDIO DRAMA

Home-grown publisher Asiapac Books debuts its first audio drama, Sacred Guardians, based on its 2020 comic of the same name, written by Aydeel Djoeharie and illustrated by Alan Bay.

The comic, a prequel to in-development live-action television project Sacred Guardian Singa, reimagines the myths and legends of ancient South-east Asia as superheroes drawn in the Japanese tokusatsu style.

Dev, an immortal being from the island of Tumasik, discovers that rakshasa demons from another dimension are laying waste to the region.

He embarks on a quest to assemble five heroes, who are reincarnated holy sages, to fight the rakshasas, a journey that takes him through various realms such as the Malay kingdom of Kantoli in Sumatra and the Sundanese kingdom of Tarumanagara on the island of Java.

The audio drama is narrated by former radio presenter Hamish Brown, with film and television actor Aric Hidir Amin voicing Dev.

WHERE: Spotify, Soundcloud ADMISSION: Free INFO: Asiapac Books' site (str.sg/3UUR)

SCO'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY

VIRTUOSO SERIES I: PLUCK

To mark its 25th anniversary, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) will present a series of virtuoso concerts.

It kicks things off this weekend with an all-female trio of principal players: Yu Jia on the pipa, Qu Jianqing on the yangqin and Huang Guifang on the sanxian.

They will perform pieces from the ancient Lament At The Changmen Palace to folk tunes Tanci San Liu and Winter Ducks Frolicking In The Water.

The in-person performance is sold out, but the concert is also available as a live stream.

The subsequent concerts in the series are themed Bow, featuring concert-master Li Baoshun and erhu principal Zhao Jianhua, on Aug 28; and Winds, with principals Guo Changsuo (sheng), Yin Zhiyang (dizi) and Jin Shiyi (suona/guan), on Sept 25.

WHERE: Sistic Live WHEN: Tomorrow, 8pm; digital concert video available for unlimited playback till Aug 8, 8pm ADMISSION: Digital bundle is one concert for $15, two for $18 or three for $27 INFO: bit.ly/scovirtuoso1

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2021, with the headline 'Friyay!: What to do'. Subscribe