StoryFest: International Storytelling Festival Singapore 2023

Story Walk – Digital Stories

‘Story Walk – Digital Stories’ is the digital iteration of StoryFest’s out­door roving story­telling expe­rience organised by Arts House Limited and The Storytelling Centre Limited in partner­ship with Civic District’s new public art trail, Benchmarks.

Rediscover a side of the Singapore River with stories inspired by some of our most iconic monuments and public spaces. Taking cues from three commissioned public art benches, each storyteller will share a unique tale, weaving local history with folklore. These tales bring to light the interconnectedness between the bench artworks, their surroundings, and the rich heritage of the district.

'Story Walk’ is conceptualised by Kamini Ramachandran featuring stories created by Verena Tay. These stories are brought to life by storytellers Wesley Leon Aroozoo, Laura Kee and Hafiz Rashid.

Available on Arts House Limited’s YouTube channel from 19 January 2024.

Storytelling by Laura Kee
Things didn’t used to be so tranquil: imagine a busy port, bustling with tongkangs and bumboats, and traders from near and far buying and selling their wares. From the mountains of rice arriving day after day, to MPs swimming in its cleaned waters, hear the stories of the flourishing Singapore River from storyteller Laura Kee and experience its past spring to life.
This story is inspired by A Micropolyphonic Stage designed by Joyce Bee Tuan Koh.
Storytelling by Hafiz Rashid
Across the Malay Archipelago, the Orang Laut are acknowledged as guardians of the waterways. They’ve always been part of Singapore with their intimate knowledge of the currents and coastlines, and their roles in our region’s folklore. Listen to storyteller Hafiz Rashid as he shares stories of their long history, from protectors of oceans to patriotic policemen.
This story is inspired by Re-Store / Neural Artefact Black designed by Immanuel Koh.
Storytelling by Wesley Leon Aroozoo
Listen to storyteller Wesley Leon Aroozoo as he shares interesting tales about the Old Parliament House, which was once meant as a merchant's home, through archaeological digs and personal encounters. Discover a slice of Eurasian heritage with stories of our second president, and memories of the Victoria Concert Hall.
This story is inspired by This is Not a Bench designed by Jeff Lua Boon Kai.
Date: 19 January 2024 – 31 January 2026
Location: Arts House Limited’s YouTube channel
This visual representation is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent the actual locations of the benches.