Read! Fest 2019’s theme of Voyage sails in tandem with the Bicentennial commemoration in Singapore – rediscovering the past with fresh perspectives while also looking to the future.
This year, we feature 130 programmes curated to topics revolving around Singlit past and present, the Singapore story retold, future narratives, and new thinking in a new world.
What’s more, the inaugural National Reading Challenge will launch during Read! Fest’s opening week. Read a book or two every week, and stand a chance to win attractive prizes!
Get ready for a journey beyond shores. Read! Fest is part of the National Reading Movement, which was launched in 2016 to encourage people to Read More, Read Widely and Read Together. Look out for ongoing reading-related initiatives that will stimulate a reading and learning culture across individuals and organisations.
Share the gift of reading with the less privileged by participating in Read for Books, a charity book drive happening from 13 – 28 July! For every 10 people who read for 15 minutes, one book will be donated to selected beneficiaries. Click HERE to learn more.
Mark your calendars! Enjoy a variety of community reading activities happening across Singapore this July! What’s more, on 27 July, we will be transforming Plaza Singapura into a whimsical reading space with exciting games, spot a book character and literary performances.It’ll be a treat for all ages! Click HERE to learn more.
NLB’s Big Book Giveaway returns for its fourth run this year! Pop by Central Plaza at Our Tampines Hub on 29 June or Plaza Singapura on 27 July to select and savour your free books. Books are available on a first-come-first-served basis – grab them while stocks last! Click HERE to learn more.
Download the Read! Fest 2019 Programme Booklet for more information!
Admission is free but registration is required for all programmes, unless otherwise stated. Please visit GoLibrary and search for the title of the programme you’re interested in to register a seat.
Can reading bring us on a voyage through time? Can it empower us to explore the past, present and the future? Visit the National Library Building Plaza from 22 – 30 June to see the Plaza transformed into a place that melds time and style with a retro-futuristic landscape.
Visit artists’ installations, pick your favourite proses on Flip-A-Book-Chairs, and join us in programmes such as a literary-inspired creative bazaar, live music, film screenings, literary quiz night, human library, and more!
This year’s Read! Fest key visuals were illustrated by Marina A. Inspired by the theme, Voyage, Marina incorporated foreign and local motifs to relay an inter-dimensional space journey where readers teleport themselves from reality to various reading worlds.
Marina A (@mrn.a) is a Singapore based Multidisciplinary Visual Artist experienced in many different artistic mediums. Marina works predominantly in the medium of painting but includes digital art and installations in her repertoire. Her visual interpretations are usually influenced by astrophysics and her environment which involves the bending of reality in a surreal setting that creates a physical manifestation of the emotions that she wants to portray.