Congo River: Arts of Central Africa – Exclusive Press Club Guided Tour

Date: Saturday, 5 Mar 2011


1.30pm Light Refreshments and Tour

3.00pm Talk

Place: Asian Civilisations Museum (1 Empress Place)

Dear members,

You are invited to explore the rich artistic traditions of the mighty Congo River that winds its way through the very heart of Africa. Encounter beautifully crafted pieces and learn about their importance in ceremonies and dances. The exhibition also displays works by Pablo Picasso, who in the early 20th century was strongly influenced by African art as he developed his modernist style. Drawing from the musée du quai Branly and other European collections of African art, Congo River: Arts of Central Africa is the first of its kind to be held in Southeast Asia.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Robert Farris Thompson, Professor of the History of Art, Yale University, will be giving a talk, and you are also invited for that. Learn about the rich and varied influences of the ancient Kongo kingdom on the world. Did you know that what’s commonly considered Latin dances are actually creolised Kongo dances? These include the tango which is representative of Argentina, Brazilian samba, and Cuba’s rumba and mambo.

Both events are free but please register by Wednesday 2nd March 2011. Specify if you’ll be attending the tour, the talk, or both.

Email: giving your name, membership number and validity, current designation, and number of guests.

Query? Contact Press Club MC member Carol Foo @ HP 81137055. Don’t miss it!

Download selected images from congo river arts of Central Africa

“Wikileaks”:To Publish or Not To”

The Singapore Press Club & Asia Journalism Fellowship

“Wikileaks”: To Publish or Not To

The Issues Involved for Journalism

2.00pm – Monday, 21 Feb 2011
SPH News Centre Auditorium
1000 Toa Payoh North, Singapore 318990

The recent “Wikileaks” episode shook the confidentiality of diplomatic engagement, especially with the United States government. The release of leaked diplomatic cables selectively to the media, while surely an embarrassment for the US and affected parties, put the media in a spot. Journalism as a profession came under scrutiny. Some media published the leaks, some didn’t. What was right and what was wrong in this episode? Did publication further anybody’s interests and who benefited?

Here’s an opportunity for the Singapore media and related fraternity to engage a panel of experts on the issues involved.

The panellists are: Diplomat and director of the Institute of South-east Asian Studies, Ambassador K.
Kesavapany; media researcher Arun Mahizhnan; The Straits Times associate editor, Janadas Devan; and Marko M. Skoric, assistant professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University.

Singapore Press Club vice-president and Senior Executive Vice President at Singapore Press Holdings, Leslie Fong, is the Moderator.

The session is open to members and guests of members. There is no admission fee and light refreshments will be served.

Please register your interest in attending as soon as possible by responding to the Secretariat
, and give your name and membership number and the names and
designations of your guests.

Coming Soon

Feb 17 – Quarterly golf friendly at Orchid Country Club
Feb 21 – Wikileaks Panel discussion, SPH Aditorium, News Centre
March 15 – Press Ball 2011 at Mandarin Hotel Orchard
March 31 – Annual General Meeting

Watch out for details in club circulars