The CausewayEXchange (CEX) arts festival returns to Singapore for its 9th iteration, deepening its focus on the role of the arts in health and for special needs children as well as celebrating the colour and diversity of Malaysian life with Malaysian Film Festival (MFF) screenings. This year, CEX will continue its collaboration with Singapore health institutions such as Ng Teng Fong General Hospitals for its art as therapy programmes, as well as with the renowned filmmaker, historian and critic Hassan Muthalib for the curation of films for the MFF.

Founded in 2010 with the intent of providing an annual festival for artistic and cultural exchange between Singapore and Malaysia, CausewayEXchange (CEX) has presented close to 356 artists across all arts genres and attracted an audience of 38,000 from all walks of life in both countries. To date, CEX remains the only regular platform for cross-cultural exchange which alternates between Singapore and Malaysia.

Key Singapore artists featured in CEX have included: Cultural Medallion recipient and founder/artistic director of The Necessary Stage, Alvin Tan; renowned comedian Kumar; well-known percussions ensemble Nadi Singapura; established music ensemble Siong Leng Musical Ensemble; photographer Edwin Koo and short film director Sanif Olek.

Key Malaysian artists featured in CEX have included: Harith Iskandar, the Godfather of Malaysian stand up comedy; Prudential Eye Award winner, Sherman Ong; Poet, Jamal Raslan: Boh Cameron Award winner Freddie Tan, experimental world music band, At Adau and many more


DMR Productions is a subsidiary of DMR Advertising & Promotions, a leading and well-established advertising & marketing company headquartered in Singapore. DMR’s track record includes introducing the unusual to Singapore’s audiences. In 2003 DMR introduced “live” Improvisational Comedy in Singapore as part of the Guinness Comedy Showcase. Improv troupes from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and USA soon followed. In addition to group comedy, DMR is renowned for its stable of “one-man” full length feature stand-up comedy shows, with international names like KAREN LOFTUS (USA), PINK (NEW ZEALAND), REX NAVARETTE (USA), DAN NAINAN (USA), PAUL OGATA (USA) performing critically acclaimed full length feature shows.

DMR are also the owners of CausewayExchange (CEX), an innovative arts platform to foster greater collaboration between Singapore and Malaysia. CEX is moving into its 9th year in 2018.

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