We are sure you have lots of questions about the Conference, or about coming to Singapore.
If you don't see what you are wondering about, do ask!
|CONFERENCE DETAILS||CONFERENCE VENUE||TRANSPORT|
How do I Register?
Arrival: Participants should aim to arrive on the 22 November before 5pm.
Departure: The 398.2 Storytelling Festival finishes at 6.30pm on the 25th, but delegates are free to leave at any time.
Airport transfer to/from the city is about 30 minutes (20 to/from Katong). Check-in/immigration is usually is very straightforward and allowing two-hours lead time at the airport before take-off is ample.
Asia based FEAST Members: SGD $80
Non-members : SGD$150
How can I pay? By credit card, debit card, or PayPal.
What does the Conference fee include?
Where is the Conference venue?
At the Goodman Arts Centre (GAC), in the east of Singapore (see map)
The campus is about 15 minutes by cab from the City Centre, 20 minutes from the Airport.
Where is the Conference Welcome Dinner venue?
Tel: 6440 7274
The Goodman Arts Centre is a 5-minute walk from MOUNTBATTEN MRT Station, or a one-stop bus-ride. There is a gate entrance from Mountbatten Road (for pedestrian access from MRT/bus-stop)
The MRT system is extensive (from Mountbatten it goes direct to Orchard Rd; one change to Little India, Singapore River, Chinatown). It's relatively cheap for a modern city: most one way fares fall in the $1 - 1.50 range. It is well signposted and most carriages have a moving LED display showing the Next Station name. Travel time is about 2 minutes/stop. Map
Taxis are cheap by western standards. Singapore taxi drives are overwhelmingly honest and are not out to cheat you!
GRAB is hugely popular (download the app). It's easy to use, provided you know your destination address: GOODMAN ARTS CENTRE is sufficient for the Conference. You can pay with cash or by card.
|DO I NEED A SOCIAL VISIT VISA?||ACCOMMODATION - HOTELS & HOSTELS||FOOD AT THE CONFERENCE|
If you hold a passport from one of these countries, yes!
IF IN DOUBT, PLEASE CHECK.
Please note there was a story in the Straits Times (26/09/18) regarding a fake website pretending to be the Singapore visa website, so please use this link:
Unfortunately, hotel prices in Singapore are high. We are recommending 3-star hotels in the SGD$80 - SGD$150 a night range.
We have reserved some rooms at the YMCA Orchard Road. This is a convenient location, 5 minutes walk from Bras Brasah MRT station, which is 5 stops (about 12 minutes) from the Conference venue. A special offer of $130 (including breakfast and taxes) per twin room per night. If you are travelling alone and wish to share, we are happy to put you in contact with suitable fellow participants.
We recommend hotels in KATONG. It is a short bus-ride to the GAC (though there is a steep step - or long ramp) climb up to an overhead bridge to cross-over to the GAC (similar steps/ venue at ramp on the descent).
Katong prices are more reasonable than in the City. There are also diverse eating places with a range of styles of budgets.
Super Budget Option
We recently found the SpacePod Hostel
just across the road from Kallang MRT station ( 3 stops, a chang at Paya Lebar and then 2 stops to Mountbatten MRT conference venue at Goodman Arts Centre. It got a great review for cleanliness and friendliness from a friend who stay there in September and cost was only SGD$116 for 4 nights including breakfast (as oF 30.9.18). If this one is fully booked, there are lots of other capsule hostels to choose from.
Food served at the conference will be halal with a good selection for vegetarians, (not vegans).
If you have special dietary concerns, please do contact us and we will endeavour to help.
|DISABILITY ACCESS||ACCOMMODATION - HOTELS
|Hearing-impaired: in Singapore we use American Sign (though not ASL).
Please email before registering if you would like an interpreter present. Gophi Nathan is an active deaf teller/mime and would be happy to answer your questions. We are unable to provide live captioning or subtitling.
Visually-impaired: thankfully there will be little use of powerpoint slides(!) We can forward these to you before the Conference if that would help. We can arrange someone to audio describe the tellers' attire and appearance prior to a session. Do let us know in advance how we can help you.
Mobility access: The Conference is lift accessible on the 3rd floor. All three rooms are on the same level, no steps. However, the venue for the FEAST Forum on the Saturday afternoon is on the 3rd floor in another block and there is no lift.
(With price for 4 nights as of 30 September 2018)
Fragrance Hotel - Emerald SGD$234.
Not in Katong but still close to the conference venue.
Champion Hotel SGD$368
Venue Hotel The Lily SGD$309
Amber Hotel SGD$380
Fragrance Hotel - Orchid SGD$289
Holiday Inn Express Katong SGD$513
Venue Hotel SGD$309
Space Pod Hostel SGD$116.
This is very close to Kallang MRT station.
The Pod - Boutique Capsule Hotel SGD$227.
The Pod is at Beach Rd which is more central than Katong