PinkFest – Current Line-up*

Pink Dot 10 marks a milestone tenth edition of Singapore’s largest LGBTQ-affirming event. To commemorate this milestone, members of the LGBT community, straight allies from social support groups, voluntary organisations and businesses came forward to celebrate the Freedom to Love in their own, special way, over two weekends leading up to Pink Dot.

*Please note specific dates, timings and venues are to be confirmed. Please check in to PinkFest’s website for current information:

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7 & 8 July

Pink Party by Mismatch
Hard Rock Café

Join Pangina Heals (co-host of Drag Race Thailand) as she hosts a supersized version of a Vogue Ballroom event in which the LGBT community are encouraged to take part in a range of exciting “battles” to win cash prizes, vouchers and trophies!

Talk: Please Mind the Gaps, by IndigNation

A look at some of the key gaps around LGBTQ organisation in Singapore, especially in the area of ideation, imagination and community building. Discussions at this event will hopefully act as a catalyst for the new vision for IndigNation, its 2018 programme and key focuses.

Showcase: PinkFest On-Screen
The Projector 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower, 199589

PinkFest On-Screen at The Projector aims to present a curated selection of films that celebrate both personal and universal LGBT stories. Let these screenings entertain with heartfelt stories, and educate with important messages of inclusion, representation and diversity that is much needed in Singapore.

Tickets available via The Projector´s website and box office.
$13.50 Standard | $11.50 Concession: Seniors (55 and above), Students, National Servicemen (NSF), Persons with Disabilities, Domestic Workers and Projector Fan Club Members.

Walk This Way – Queer Chinatown Guided Tour, by Oogachaga

Get a first-hand lesson on an important part of Singapore’s queer history and heritage with a special walking tour of Chinatown, by Singapore’s most established LGBTQ support group, Oogachaga. This walking tour is open to locals and visitors. Booking details to follow.

Bake Love, Not War, by Mybutterfingers

Party and craft hobbyist MyButterFingers, a.k.a. Sejal Sachdeva, holds her first-ever bake sale for all lovers and sweets and pastries. The perfect sweetener for a celebration of love!

Performance: Sakhi, by Ruby Jeyaseelan & Aarthi Sankar

‘Sakhi’ or ‘female friend’ is a performance of the classical Bharathanatyam dance form. It seeks to explore the ‘bandha’, or bond between two persons of the same gender. Oftentimes, such bonds run deeper than the mere friendship. In a world that has made quantum leaps in technology and innovation, human relationships still struggle to break free from the yoke of ‘tradition’: the accepted way to approach things and conduct lives. Sakhi hopes to illustrate that tradition can be a tool to liberate and not chains that bind or inhibit emotion and expression.

Coming Out Workshop, by Free Community Church

A series of workshops seeking to help LGBTQ people and their families with coming out. Hear from parents of LGBTQ children on their experiences in raising and supporting them in Singapore.

Queer Art Talks, by Art Porters

Art Porters Gallery believes in the unique power of art in transforming lives. For PinkFest, Art Porters will be conducting a series of talks under the theme “Queer Art From Different Perspectives” focusing on contemporary art and a selection of works by international artists, across a range of media.

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14 & 15 July

Rainbow Families Brunch, by FOC Sentosa

Celebrate Family in its myriad, diverse forms with an equally diverse array of mouth-watering morsels by the beach!

Word, by BooksActually,
At The Fabulous Baker Boy Cafe

An LBGTQ-themed literary festival with panel discussions, spoken word poetry performances, adult storytelling and book sale, organised by BooksActually, Singapore’s pre-eminent independent book store.

Relaunch: Peculiar Chris by Johann S Lee, by BooksActually

PinkFest Sunday Social Market by Jade Amar and DJ Zig Zag
Camp Kilo

Sunday Social returns to Camp Kilo Charcoal Club for another wholesome day of music, food and shopping!

The Sunday Social Market is a passion project of DJ Zig Zach and Jade Amar, with two very different backgrounds: Music and Fashion. The idea was to create a space where people can hang out with their friends, listen to good music, eat delicious food and discover local brands and talented crafters. All the things they love in one place!

Expect some good ol’ House music, artisanal bakers and crafters, interior decor, fashion accessories and of course the hearty roasts from Camp Kilo Charcoal Club.

Showcase: PinkFest On-Screen
The Projector 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower, 199589

PinkFest On-Screen at The Projector aims to present a curated selection of films that celebrate both personal and universal LGBT stories. Let these screenings entertain with heartfelt stories, and educate with important messages of inclusion, representation and diversity that is much needed in Singapore.

Tickets available via The Projector´s website and box office.
$13.50 Standard | $11.50 Concession: Seniors (55 and above), Students, National Servicemen (NSF), Persons with Disabilities, Domestic Workers and Projector Fan Club Members.

Walk This Way – Queer Chinatown Guided Tour, by Oogachaga

Get a first-hand lesson on an important part of Singapore’s queer history and heritage with a special walking tour of Chinatown, by Singapore’s most established LGBTQ support group, Oogachaga. his walking tour is open to locals and visitors. Booking details to follow.

Bake Love, Not War, by Mybutterfingers

Party and craft hobbyist MyButterFingers, a.k.a. Sejal Sachdeva, holds her first-ever bake sale for all lovers and sweets and pastries. The perfect sweetener for a celebration of love!

Coming Out Workshop, by Free Community Church

A series of workshops seeking to help LGBTQ people and their families with coming out. Hear from parents of LGBTQ children on their experiences in raising and supporting them in Singapore.

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19 – 22 July

Performance: FAGHAG, by Pam Oei
Presented by W!LDRICE

Pam Oei likes gay boys. Gay boys like her too. She has always felt irresistibly drawn to them – even as a teenager, before she knew what the term ‘gay’ meant.

Over the years, Pam’s adventures have included: coaxing gay boyfriends out of the closet, attending her first gay wedding in 2001, fighting to repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code in 2007, and being the Countdown Queen at Pink Dot every year (though the job is less ‘queen’ and more ‘drill sergeant’!). This makes her a gold-star straight ally and a bona fide faghag.

Join Pam and the multiple characters she plays in this rainbow-coloured cabaret. Accompanied by maestro Julian Wong on the piano, Pam will tell jokes, share heart-warming tales and throw in a few torch songs for good measure. Along the way, she’ll demonstrate why she deserves the title of Singapore’s Number One Faghag!

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20 July

Performance: The Insiders
Presented by W!LDRICE

In 1972, Singaporean newspaper New Nation published a series of articles called The Outsiders, featuring interviews with various queer women who spoke out on condition of anonymity. Fast forward more than 40 years, and what has changed?
Playwright Alfian Sa’at speaks with more than 20 queer women in Singapore – including an activist, a writer, a cosplayer, a student and a Paralympian.

The Insiders is a documentary play that captures tales of coming out, falling in love and creating alternative families.Join actors Tysha Khan, Farah Ong and Deonn Yang as they read from a specially curated one-hour version of this exciting new play. It’s free to attend!

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TV host and writer Anita Kapoor, shot to fame as the clear favourite winner of a Discovery travel host search and has not looked back since. Insatiably curious and possessing a natural wit, this former magazine editor has explored the world for Discovery TLC, AXN, Lonely Planet, Channel News Asia and OKTO, and Starwood Asia Pacific channels, forever on a quest to pioneer the non-conformist stories and locations, especially to connect with the provocateurs who move their worlds.

She is an ambassador for the Singapore chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and her advocacies include Willing Hearts which feeds Singapore’s marginalised, Magic Bus which empowers childrens’ lives in India through sports, and A Single Love which supports single parents. She has also spoken at TEDx Singapore Women 2012 on ‘Female to Female Misogyny in the First World’.

As a Pink Dot ambassador this year, Anita hopes to extend her voice on issues of equality as she firmly believes that everyone deserves equal rights, regardless of the hand they have been dealt in life.

“I see the rights of LGBT people as human rights, really. Everyone deserves to be treated equally – in society, in employment and in the eyes of the law. I believe that as fellow human beings, it’s important to stand together – to speak up for one another when we have the ability and opportunity to do so.”

Anita continues: “There’s a lot of work to be done, a lot of people we need to reach out to. Every one of us has the capacity to be a hero to someone else. I hope more Singaporeans will join us at this year’s Pink Dot. Because together, we can make this a more inclusive society for everyone.”