The urban landscape of Singapore offers a unique panorama of Singapore’s multicultural and multireligious society. Tucked between the high-rise structures of a modern city-state are temples, churches, mosques, synagogues and sacred sites of diverse communities and their beliefs. Yet, Singapore’s plural society defies the neatly curated categories that often shape the imagination of who and what a community is.
In this lecture and forum, we will explore the deep diversity that has been part of the landscape of Singapore’s multiculturalism. The rich and variegated heritage offers a nuanced view and an appreciation of the stories embedded within the sojourning of the ethnic and faith communities that now call Singapore, home.
Centre for Interfaith Understanding (Singapore) and Vox Camerata jointly present “Sojourners: Sacred Heritage in Singapore from the Mediterranean to the Bay of Bengal”, a three-day festival consisting of a forum, public workshop, lecture recital, and concert.
The festival activities provide a collective platform for mediated conversations and discussions about the diversity of faith practices in Singapore and how Singaporeans navigate this diversity.
This initiative aims to: (1) provide a safe and conducive environment for Singaporeans to come together to develop intercultural and interfaith strategies for community building, (2) promote a deeper appreciation and understanding of the cultural and faith practices, especially those of Singapore’s smaller ethno-religious minorities, and (3) use these dialogues and experiences as a means of strengthening our shared sense of identity so as to inculcate resilience and inclusivity amidst the backdrop of rising racial and religious tensions around the world.
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