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SPH to launch storytelling contest

Feb 16, 2007
The Business Times

SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) and The Theatre Practice will launch Singapore's first Story Challenge competition next month.

The contest, mooted as a 'tournament of wit, imagination and eloquence', will have contestants displaying their narrative skill before an audience. Prizes worth over $5,000 will be given.

'The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation is pleased to support Story Challenge, an excellent platform for students to develop their creativity through spontaneous story-telling. By supporting fun and innovative programmes such as this, the Foundation hopes to further its aim of developing interest in culture and the arts in the youths,' said Ginney Lim, general manager of Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Ltd.

Story Challenge was first piloted in June 2006 under the Singapore Arts Festival Outreach. At this year's challenge, contestants will be given elements of a story on the spot, followed by a few minutes to conjure their tale, before performing live on stage.

The contest will be divided into English and Mandarin tournaments. There will be three-member team as well as individual competitions. Contestants will be grouped under primary, secondary and tertiary students.

Free Story Challenge workshops will be held in early March, and Singapore schools are reportedly 'abuzz with excitement' at the prospect of the new competition. The Theatre Practice has also apparently received interest from many schools about the contest.