Tamil Youth Festival to return in September; features performances, workshops, competitions

This year’s festival will feature 10 programmes by partners.

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Published: 29 August 2023, 4:55 PM

The third edition of the Tamil Youth Festival (TYF) is slated to take place from Sep 2 to 10, featuring 10 programmes by 10 partners.

An initiative by the Tamil Language Council (TLC), the TYF aims to foster and celebrate the Tamil language and culture among the younger members of the community.

With this year’s theme being Azhagu (beauty in Tamil), the TLC hopes to encourage partners to “highlight the richness, magnificence, and beauty of the Tamil language.” It added that its new partners will deliver programmes that will cater to different interests and segments in the community.

Participants can anticipate a range of performances rooted in culture and literature, language-oriented workshops, competitions and other programmes. The festival encompasses nine in-person programmes and one programme that will be conducted via Zoom.

One such workshop will be the Discovering the Beauty of Tamil Writing: An Engaging Composition. Taking place in the Woodlands Regional Library on Sep 10, the free workshop is designed to refine primary and secondary school students’ skills in writing Tamil compositions.

Youths can also take part and discuss their opinions on the significance of Tamil cultural attire under the theme of Azhagu. The forum, scheduled for Sep 10, is open to Tamil youths between the ages of 13 and 35.

It will take place at the Stamford Arts Centre and costs $15 for students and $20 for the general public, excluding fees.

Additionally, Infonitics Pte Ltd, a new partner of TYF 2023, will host an oratorical competition for students and young adults. Participants are encouraged to deliver speeches on designated topics to develop and refine their creative and public speaking abilities.

Mr Sundar Plavenderraj, Member of the Tamil Language Council says that the TLC encourages youths to continue playing active roles to celebrate our language so “Tamil can continue to remain relevant and vibrant for generations to come.”

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