Tamil Language Festival to return as a physical event in April after 3 years

The festival, held from Apr 1 to 30, will feature as many as 42 programmes by 43 Tamil Language Council partners.

Maisy Phua

Published: 14 March 2023, 6:21 PM

This year’s Tamil Language Festival will take place from Apr 1 to 30, featuring 42 programmes by 43 partners. Attendees can expect a variety of literary, oratorical, arts and cultural programmes. 

The theme of the festival, Azhagu, which means “beauty” in Tamil, was determined after a public poll.


To represent Azhagu, this year’s key visual features a peacock feather as a symbol of


Festival programmes include a dance performance titled Samnidhi, which integrates olden  and modern music to portray love, friendship and culture, presented by VK Arts. 


The dance expresses the meaning and beauty of the poems in Kurunthogai (classics), which was based on the lifestyle of the people who lived in the Sangam (Golden) period. PHOTO CREDIT: VK ARTS


In addition, the festival will offer a one-day translation workshop and newsroom tour for tertiary students to develop their translation skills, conducted by Tamil Murasu.

Festival go-ers will also be able to watch a Pattimandram, also known as “Tamil Debate” – a showdown of oratorical skills and wit, infused with elements of humour, presented by Geylang Serai IAEC.

The speakers will pit against each other in the different rounds, as they discuss topics and content related to Singapore and our local culture.

The programmes aim to encourage Singaporeans to “Love Tamil, Speak Tamil”, and embrace their Mother Tongue, using the language more often in their daily lives.

The official launch of the festival will take place at The Theatre, Mediacorp at 9pm on Apr 1, and broadcast live on Vasantham and meWATCH.

This year, members of the public will also be invited to attend the official launch. A limited number of tickets will be released on Peatix at 3pm on Mar 20.

For full details on all TLF 2023 programmes, visit the Tamil Language Council’s website.

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