Esplanade Presents


Turning Tides: A walk & conversation with Singapore’s coastal natives

Orang Laut SG and Kontinentalist (Singapore)

20 Jul 2024, Sat, 9.30am

21 Jul 2024, Sun, 9.30am

1hr 30mins

(Intermission: None)

Meeting Point: West Coast Park (McDonald’s carpark)



The ticket booking system will close on 16 Jul, 11.59pm or when event has sold out, whichever earlier. Please book your tickets early.

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Take a walk with the descendants of the Orang Laut/Orang Pulau, in this walk and discussion held at West Coast Park, a place of historical and cultural significance for the former Southern islanders.


Learn about their narratives, and the present and future of Singapore’s surviving coastal communities through a walk, conversation and food.


Unearth your stories and memories surrounding Singapore’s many islands. Using existing data, Kontinentalist, an editorial studio focused on Asia, will share more about its work on the history of displacement of the indigenous, bridging it with the lived realities being actively championed by Orang Laut SG.


This is a companion programme to Air (12 – 14 Jul 2024) at the Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade. The Studios companion programmes are an invitation to deepen engagement with the artistic works and the conversations raised in the season. 

  • Participants below the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (aged 18 and above).

  • Each participant will be required to sign an indemnity form.

  • Please dress comfortably and wear shoes suitable for walking.    

  • This is a rain or shine programme and will only be cancelled in the event of heavy rain, thunder and lightning.     

  • Conditions may be slippery or muddy during or after rain. You will be required to walk on uneven ground and may encounter some stairs and slopes.

  • Please note that samples of food will be served during this programme. An ingredient list will be provided.

  • Items we encourage you to bring with you:
    - A raincoat or umbrella in case of rain
    - A cap or hat for protection against the sun
    - Insect repellent
    - Drinking water

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes before the scheduled start time to register, fill in pre-event forms and visit the restroom.

  • Latecomers will not be allowed to join the walk midway. 

  • More details about this programme will be sent to ticket holders on the week of the event.

Recommended Age: 10 and above.
Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: English
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Artist Information

Orang Laut SG

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Orang Laut SG is a collective dedicated to bringing light to the traditions and cultures of the Orang Laut/Orang Pulau community. Driven by the goal to reclaim the narrative of the Southern Islands, the collective advocates for the cultural preservation of the Orang Laut/Orang Pulau culture through the reclamation of heritage spaces and highlighting unique traditions of the community, such as maritime craftsmanship, cuisine and spiritual practices. 


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Kontinentalist is an editorial studio that tells data stories about Asia with rigour, empathy and nuance. We help people understand Asia through data—cutting through the noise, bridging research and the public. Kontinentalist has participated in exhibitions and events such as Lonely Vectors by the Singapore Art Museum and Playeum’s EverydayCreativity Festival 2022. Our partners and clients include the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Malay Heritage Centre and Asia Research Institute. 

Date & Time

20 Jul 2024, Sat


Meeting Point: West Coast Park (McDonald’s carpark)

21 Jul 2024, Sun


Meeting Point: West Coast Park (McDonald’s carpark)
Tickets & Prices
Price $50

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