ACS (Barker Road) staged its inaugural literary and arts festival in March. Dubbed ‘Literati’, with reference to intellectuals who read and comment upon Literature, the festival lasted from Monday, 4th March to Thursday, 14th March.
The festival consisted of a variety of events and ‘happenings’ over the course of nine school days, including two ‘showcase’ events, namely a Poetry Slam Final, involving Secondary Two students, and a Story Telling Final for Secondary One students. The ‘happenings’ consisted of ‘Flash Mobs’, spontaneous events that took place at the canteen during morning recesses, as well as the opening ceremony itself, which was also a ‘Flash Mob’. Other highlights included three film screenings, featuring ‘Catch Me If You Can’, ‘A Knight’s Tale’ and ‘The King’s Speech’, two Book Trails, where students from Secondary One and Two displayed their creative responses to their Literature texts, namely ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ and ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’ respectively, and a talk on ‘Telltale: Eleven Stories’ by Gwee Li Sui and Jeffrey Lim for our Secondary Three Literature students.
During the course of the festival, teachers and students were also introduced to a ‘Quote of the Day’ during morning assembly, by way of providing everyone with some food for thought before they embarked on the day ahead.
The objective of the festival was to provide students with a variety of events and activities that would help to change their perception of Literature, so that they would no longer see it as just an academic subject but as something that everyone can enjoy and pursue on a regular basis, irrespective of whether they study Literature or not.