The CausewayEXchange (CEX) arts festival returns to Singapore for its 10th 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 Malaysia’s health institutions Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Kuala Lumpur for its arts and healing programmes.

CausewayEXchange (CEX), the annual arts and culture festival celebrating Singapore’s and Malaysia’s heritage, is celebrating its 10th year anniversary this year. Founded in 2010 with the intent of providing an annual festival for artistic and cultural exchange between Singapore and Malaysia, CausewayEXchange (CEX) has welcomed more than 38,000 visitors over the years, and has given 356 artists and counting, a platform to showcase multiple forms of art genres..  The festival, which alternates between the two countries in the past years, showcases the shared heritage between both nations – displaying the many similarities and distinct differences of both nations.

To date, CEX remains the only regular platform for cross-cultural exchange, which alternates between Singapore and Malaysia.

CEX celebrates the diverse cultures of Singapore and Malaysia, who despite being separated by a causeway, share an undeniable link in their arts and cultural heritage. This year, local artistes such as Hossan Leong, Flame of the Forest and students from local institutions (LaSalle and Republic Polytechnic) will be travelling to Malaysia to participate in various performances and activities.

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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