Katong Dreaming: Reclaiming the Singapore identity

There is space in this country for a spectrum of artistic ideas, along with the familiar tradewinds of commerce.

Artists Valerie Lim and Mark Nicodemus Tan performing as part of Katong Dreaming, a musical tour of the Katong area. PHOTO: MARC NAIR
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Centrestage is an occasional op-ed series featuring the lives, perspectives and work of Singaporeans in the field of arts and culture.

Just what is the Singaporean identity? The term has been bandied about for decades by politicians and artists alike, each trying to harness this nebulous, shifting sense of longing and belonging in service of their respective causes.

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