SINGAPORE: The Republic's arts and heritage district at Bras Basah and Bugis kicked off the pilot Streets of Creativity project today (Apr 1) to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day (WIPD) 2015, in conjunction with the nation’s celebration of SG50 this year.
Observed globally on Apr 26 by 188 countries with Intellectual Property Offices every year, WIPD is an international movement aimed at increasing public awareness of intellectual property, and its contribution to the flourishing of the creative arts and innovative sectors.
Spanning across the month of April, a line-up of creative activities for the public are in the pipeline. These include a live concert, symphonic orchestra performances, an artisan bazaar, beauty roadshows, art exhibitions and workshops, many of which are aimed at showcasing some of Singapore’s best creative minds and their works. Other festivities and promotions which will be featured include roving street performances and exclusive F&B offers.
Partners of this first-ever collaboration include schools, arts institutions, malls, hotels and F&B establishments - such as School of the Arts (SOTA), Singapore Art Museum, the Mulan Gallery, Bugis Junction, Hotel Fort Canning and Din Tai Fung.
Ms Lim Geok Cheng, Principal of SOTA said: “The creative process involves a lot of passion and hard work. Respect and protection of original works is especially critical for our students, as they become the next generation of artists, professionals and leaders for the creative industries.”
Sonny Liew's Shadow Hero. (Image courtesy Mulan Gallery)
Ms Patricia Liang, Managing Director of Mulan Gallery added: "Singapore has many outstanding artists who are either at the precipice, or have already broken into the global competitive creative markets. Sonny Liew, an Eisner-nominated cartoonist who has worked with the likes of Marvel, DC, and First Second Books, is one such fine example."
"Another is Koh Hong Teng, a local graphic novelist who has won international acclaim, winning a Bronze at Japan’s International Manga Awards," added Ms Liang. "As a contemporary art institution, we take great pride in showcasing and supporting our local talents. Hence, we are thrilled to be able to join IPOS and precinct members in this worthy World IP Day outreach initiative.”
IPOS says IP is growing in significance in Singapore, and has created more than 100,000 high valued-added jobs - and this number is expected to rise over the next three years.
“World IP Day is an occasion to celebrate the constitutive role of IP in creativity and innovation. We are delighted to welcome partners in the arts and creative community at our Bras Basah-Bugis precinct on board to jointly honour intellectual property. Together, we hope to help build a better Singapore with ideas,” Mr Tan Yih San, Chief Executive of IPOS.
More details on the precinct activities and promotions can be found on the World IP Day 2015 website at www.ipos.gov.sg/WIPD.