Asia on the Edge 2008


Asia on the Edge 2008 runs from November 28 to December 6, a very exciting and inaugural multi-disciplinary biennial festival that showcases Asia’s leading and upcoming thought leaders, innovators and artists.

This year’s theme is Origins and it seeks to explore and examine what it means to be Asian in the 21st century. What is Asian? Be provoked in thought at the series of forums entitled Thought Leaders, panel discussions conducted by contemporary Asian female writers, meet with culinary masters and young music prodigies.

Key personalities, trend spotters and leading experts across disciplines of academia, literature, culinary, and performing and visual arts have been lined up to anchor the free and ticketed programmes, promising the audience nine days of thought-provoking topics, engaging culture and lifestyle activities, and performing and installation art works that will trace the evolution of the Asian identity set against a global landscape.



Experience the world premiere of a specially commissioned work, featuring over 50 artists at the Cavenagh Bridge on the weekend of Nov 28/29. Entitled Origin, it is a soulful and spiritual visual and movement theatre commemorating the birth of Asian culture.

Performed on an approximately 300m long stage on the historical Cavenagh Bridge and choreographed by Singapore’s Jeffrey Tan, part of the stage will also act as an art installation displaying illustrations of Asia’s beauty.

After the performance, visitors will be able to go up close with the interactive art piece onstage.

Origin     *We were there! [Read our REVIEW here]
28 November 2008, Friday | 29 November 2008, Saturday
8pm to 8.30pm | 9.30pm to 10pm
Cavenagh Bridge and Singapore River


Creative Team :
Jeffrey Tan – Choreographer (pictured above)
Goh Boon Teck – Creative Director
Anthony Tan – Production Designer
Dorothy Png –
Lighting Designer
Winston Choo – Multimedia Artist


Here are our top picks of the festival!


The Fountain Within: Art Exhibtion
The Fountain Within features a display of outdoor-based sculpture and installation works reveal to the audience a variety of ideals that speaks volumes in parallel with their imposing physical forms. 

Fri 28 Nov – Sun 25 Jan
Empress Place Precinct
Free AdmissionFeaturing : Sun Yu-Li (Singapore) • Kumari Nahappan (Singapore) • Manop Suwanpinta (Thailand) • Ramlan Abdullah (Malaysia) • Eko Prawoto (Indonesia)

cinemafirstCinema First: Film Screenings
Cinema First is a selection of some of the best films and documentaries showcased over the past years since the beginning of the festival in 2005.

Fri 28 Nov – Sat 06 Dec | Various Timings | Screening Room & Front Lawn, The Arts House
Indoor Screening: SG$9, SG$7 (for students) | Outdoor Screening: Free Admission
– Weed
Fri 28 Nov | 10.00pm & Fri 5 Dec | 8.00pm
Produced by Wang Liren | 99 mins | In Mandarin | PG with some coarse language
– Documentary: Family on the Sky Lake
Sat 29 Nov | 2.30pm & Sat 6 Dec | 6.30pm
Produced by Hu Linping | 90 mins | In Tibetan | PG
– Teeth of Love
Sat 29 Nov | 4.30pm & Sat 6 Dec | 8.30pm
Produced by Zhuang Yuxin | 114 mins | In Mandarin | PG
– Keeping Watch
Sun 30 Nov | 2.30pm & Fri 5 Dec | 10.00pm
Produced by James C. Liu | 91 mins | In Mandarin | PG
– Documentary: The Last Lumberjacks
Sun 30 Nov | 4.30pm & Sat 6 Dec | 2.30pm
Produced by Yu Guangyi | 90 mins | In Mandarin | PG (Some disturbing scenes)
– Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
Sun 30 Nov | 6.30pm & Wed 3 Dec | 8.00pm
Produced by Aureaus Solito | NC-16
– Owl & the Sparrow
Sat 29 Nov | 9.00pm | Front Lawn (Outdoor Screening) | Free Admission
Sat 6 Dec | 10.30pm | Screening Room | SG$9
Produced by Stephane Gauger | 97 mins | In Vietnamese | PG

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