During these tough times, many of us might have a little difficulty figuring out what excites us. I mean it is pretty risky to head out and do the things we used to do before the pandemic hit. We have little to no motivation to do almost anything. It gets pretty boring after a while.
Maybe it is time to change. The pandemic has definitely taken a toll on us but that does not stop us from reflecting and growing. Themed Reboot, Read! Fest 2021 has amazing programmes lined-up for you from now till July 18th, 2021.
About Read! Fest 2021
Read! Fest 2021 invites you on a journey of self-discovery. Take some time to re-examine and refresh your lenses on the different aspects of life in today’s society. Change your perspective and view how we approach work, nature, creativity, technology and identity differently.
It will host 60 different programmes such as talks, workshops and experiences. Each of these are curated to let you immerse in thoughtful ideas. Read! Fest is anchored by 12 key books and topics from myths to minimalism to work and womanhood.
Some of these topics include:
- Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon
- How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division by Elif Shafak
- Hard at Work: Life in Singapore by Gerard Sasges and Ng Shi Wen
- Digital Minimalism Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
- The Way Through the Woods: of Mushrooms and Mourning by Long Litt Woon
- Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Sanim Nosrat
There are also books written in other languages such as Mandarin, Bahasa Melayu and Tamil.
There are a number of programmes lined-up for the festival. These programmes include talks by world-renowned authors and thought leaders from different fields. Most of these programmes are conducted online.
The programmes are based on each of the titles, ranging from myths, womanhood, and more. Seek advice on how to stay creative during these times at Stay Creative in Chaotic Times: A Conversation with Austin Kleon. The free programme will take place on July 3rd, 2021 from 10.00am to 11.00am online.
You can also learn about the whys and hows of lacto-fermentation during a dialogue between a food scientists and chef. Register for the Cultured Flavours and Fermentation programme and find out more. It will be held on July 5th, 2021 from 7.00pm to 8.00pm online. Registration is free.
Apart from these festival programmes, you can also take part in the literary trails organised as Read! Fest is heading to parks and libraries too. From mid-July to September 2021, engage in an interactive literary trail through East Coast Park, West Coast Park and National Library Building to enjoy a one-of-a-kind multi-sensory experience.
If you are fond of the outdoors, you can also check out the Reboot-inspired interactive installations located at 7 public libraries. These installations can be found in:
- Jurong Regional Library
- Sengkang Public Library
- Serangoon Public Library
- Tampines Regional Library
- Toa Payoh Public Library
- Yishun Public Library
- Woodlands Regional Library
Read for Books
Read! Fest also gives you the opportunity to contribute back to the community. Read for Books is a charity drive to help raise awareness and share the gift of reading with the less fortunate. From July 10th to 26th, for every 10 people who reads a book for 15 minutes, a book will be donated to selected beneficiaries.
Not only does this helps the less fortunate, but it allows us to appreciate the gift of reading. It allows us to gain more knowledge and spread the benefit of reading to others. To register to Read for Books, simply register your interest and submit the registration forms via the website.
Truth be told, I am not a fan of reading. I do read some books like poetry and fiction, but I would not consider myself a bookworm. However, I am actually really kin to participate in Read for Books. I get to spend my time reading and helping those in need.
From now till July 18th, grab a book to read or register for some of the lined-up programmes and go on a engaging and interactive journey of self-discovery.