How does dementia sound like?

The Enabling Festival (6 -8 September 2019) is in its second run this year. This year’s focus is on sound in the form of hearing, one of the five important senses. Sound has significant impact on people with dementia in terms of quality of life. This is because people with dementia have a reduced ability to discern sound and it hinders them from understanding their sensory environment. The festival is specially curated with an emphasis on sound and hearing with various elements to provoke, excite and trigger, emotion and memories. The festival also shines a spotlight on caregivers, who are often invisible heroes and provides possibilities and suggestions for the caregivers’ respite and solace through many interesting activities.

Programmes include talks, panel discussions and workshops, performances, Silent Disco, VR Mind Tours, Silent Art Auction, feature and short films, a Designathon, and an immersive and interactive installation, Sound Field, exploring how people with dementia respond to everyday city soundscapes.

Sound Exhibition

Sound Field, 2019

‘Sound Field’ is an immersive and interactive installation exploring how dementia sufferers respond to everyday city soundscapes. It aims to bridge the gap between civic and industrial design for dementia. Sound Field is organized by ARUP in collaboration with BLOXAS Architects.


Designathon We Engage 2019

Designathon We Engage 2019 looks to empower the community to come together to design for dementia! The event brings together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, students, caregivers, healthcare workers and social service providers to collaborate and identify design solutions for persons with dementia and their caregivers in Singapore

Join in on various activities across the month of August and September 2019 as we view dementia from different perspectives, and explore how we can design for dementia.

Talks & Discussions

Talk: Nüwa Connect @ Enabling Festival 2019

The Role of Creatives in Dementia Care. We will hear from two creative enterprises; Mind Palace who are addressing the wellbeing of the patient and those in their circle of care, and from Our Better World who aim to inform and build empathy, preparing all of us to better manage dementia. Register Now

Talk: Lasting Power of Attorney (Malay)

The LPA (Lasting Power of Attorney) is a legal document which allows a person who is at least 21 years of age to appoint one or more persons to make decisions and act on his behalf should he lose mental capacity one day. Register Now

Talk: Challenges faced by caregiver of persons with dementia within the Malay community (English|Malay)

Addressing some of the observed issues and challenges with regards to dementia and caregiving, specifically surfaced within the Malay community. Some topics include caregiver burnout, shared beliefs and values, and how those components seemingly influence one another. Register Now

Talk: Symphony of the Mind (Mandarin)

Neuro Soundwave 通过有节奏的神经元振荡在您的脑海中创造交响乐。它可以改善记忆力,增强心理健康。Neurocode 董事长兼首席执行官,陈锐斐,将带您完成大脑生命周期的旅程。更好地了解您的大脑,并学习如何保持您的大脑年轻和健康。立即报名 >

Talk: Symphony of the Mind (English)

Neuro Soundwave creates symphony in your mind with rhythmic neuron oscillations. It improves memory and enhances mental wellness. This talk will take you through the journey of the life cycle of your brain. Get to better understand your brain and learn how to keep your brain young and healthy. Register Now

Talk: Will writing (Mandarin)

通过这个讲座,您可以了解做遗嘱的重要性和过程, 并且也近一步的了解遗嘱认证书和遗产委托书与公积金的分配。立即报名 >

Talk: Will writing (English)

This is a frank discussion about end-of-life issues (such as your personal welfare and healthcare arrangements, asset distribution as well as other wishes). Plan for your future with this talk that aims to educate you on issues relating to end-of-life preparation. Register Now

Talk: Understanding Dementia and Creating a Safe Home Environment for Persons with Dementia (English|Tamil)

Understand the different types of dementia, symptoms of dementia, how it affects the person’s ability to live independently, the challenges the family may face caring for their loved ones with dementia and practical steps that can be taken to minimise the impact it has on the family. This talk will also share the various help avenues for the patient and their families and how to access these services. Register Now

Talk: Dementia, Hearing and Sound

There will be an exploration of the links between dementia, hearing and sound and an in-depth sharing on the use of sound and music on managing challenging behaviours in dementia. Register Now

Panel Discussion: Dementia in Art & Film (English)

Join us for this engaging and insightful panel discussion on the role of art and film in dementia which will open up discussions about how film as an art form, can contribute and shape society’s impression of some of the most taboo and stigma issue such as Dementia, in our conservative Asian environment. Register Now

Panel Discussion: How can Music and Sound help in the Caregiving Journey (English)

The panel will engage in a dialogue on the influence of music on health and behaviour, on PWDs (persons with dementia), minimise some of the symptoms of dementia (such as agitation) and can help to tackle anxiety and depression. Register Now


Theatre: Forget Me Not – An Archival Theatre of Almost Forgotten Stories

Do the sounds trigger recent memories or do they carry stories of yesteryears? What are memories? Are they stories as vivid as they happened or are they fragments of happenings that we choose to remember or even embellish? Come to an oral archival theatre that will be personal, personified and personalised. Just for you. Register Now

Theatre: 三字经 3 Words, Repeat.

Living with dementia is living in the present and the past, all at once. “三字经 3 Words, Repeat.” is about a real-life father and daughter duo reflecting on who they were and who they are at this point of their shared journey navigating through dementia. Register Now


Workshop: Relax, Rejuvenate and Heal

Discover how to attract more of what you want, and release what you don’t want, so that you can “Work; Play, Love, Live, Better” . A guided meditation experience to relax, rejuvenate and heal your mind and body. Join us to learn and experience the benefits of breathing techniques for healing and relaxation. Register Now

Workshop: Ukulele Jukebox (English)

Spend 60 minutes and find out more about the humble ukulele! Learn the basics, including tuning, strumming and keeping rhythm. Not only do you walk away with a smile, but more importantly, you receive a life skill that you can share with others. All you need is your enthusiasm. Register Now

Workshop: How Am I Forgetting? (English)

In this exploratory somatic experience, you will discover how your brain and body is communicating. This process shall offer you insights into the daily challenges of what dementia patients face. This is an educational invitation to unlock and extend empathy – to the patients and caregivers of dementia. Register Now

Party: Silent Disco Closing Party

It can be weird yet liberating, and immersive yet euphoric. But it isn’t imposing, which makes it quite possibly the coolest thing ever. Individually you can tune into one of the multiple channels – with specially curated playlists of yesteryear. This may be the answer to the question: How does dementia sound like? Register Now

Movie Screening

Film: The Enabling Festival SHORTS 2019

The Enabling Festival SHORTS is a special film curation of 5 short films from Singapore and Hong Kong. Each of these film touches on issues surrounding dementia in our society and explores the wonderful humanity and love in life. At the same time, reminding us not to forget to laugh. Register Now

Film: Recipe (回味) PG (Mandarin with English Subtitles)

Commissioned by the Health Promotion Board and shot by acclaimed local director Eric Khoo, this film brings out the real and poignant social issues related to dementia. Zoe Tay played the role of Qiu Yun, whose life takes on a new meaning when her mother is diagnosed with the disease. Register Now

Film: A Fish out of Water (上岸的鱼) PG (Mandarin with English Subtitles)

A taiwanese feature film by 賴國安, will premiere in Singapore at The Enabling Festival 2019. The film revolves around a family with an unusual child who claims to have memories of his former life. It touches on how people cope with dementia, the meaning of family and the value of memories. Register Now

Film: Sandcastle(沙城)NC16 (English)

A feature film by Singaporean director Boo Junfeng, is about a teenager who is about to join the army learns about his Father’s past as a student activist in Singapore, his grandmother’s worsening Alzheimer’s disease, along with other hidden family secrets. Register Now


We Remember
Designathon 2018

Empowering individuals from all walks of life to come together to design for dementia. Designathon We Remember 2018 is organised by OneMaker Group and Project We Forgot. This initiative is supported by the Our SG Fund and DesignSingapore Council and hosted at National Design Centre.


We Remember
Designathon 2018

Empowering individuals from all walks of life to come together to design for dementia. Designathon We Remember 2018 is organised by OneMaker Group and Project We Forgot. This initiative is supported by the Our SG Fund and DesignSingapore Council and hosted at National Design Centre.

Enabling Festival 2018

Celebrating the success of the Enabling Festival 2018!

Feature Art


110 cm x 90 cm,

Framed Acrylic painting with resin, modelling clay and UV varnish


Singaporean visual artist Danny Raven Tan, co-founder of The Tiffin Gallery, known for his powerful Abstract and Expressionistic styled paintings, lend his support to the Enabling Festival with his acrylic portrait of the Queen of Mediacorp, Zoe Tay. The actress has also pledged her support to the festival by signing the artwork to raise funds for the dementia community.


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Feature Video

How does dementia sound like to you?


A consolidated creative effort of many like-minded individuals, caregivers and person living with dementia, in hope to lend a louder voice for the dementia community in Singapore and across Asia. Enable Asia would like to thank Adrian Pang, Anita Kapoor, Candyce Toh, Catherine Sng, Elaine Friedlander, Eugene Soh, Jeremiah Choy, Kate Pang, Marcus Mok, Peter Yu, Peter Lim, Rachel Chua, Sara Wee, Sharda Harrison, Sam Driscoll, Vi Vi Yeh, Vincent Yong and the wonderful production team from SPROUD.

Like-minded folks

Enable Asia does not believe in labels and status. Our mission is clear and simple. These like-minded folks have rendered us their kindest support and guidance towards realising our vision and for being so generous with their time and effort and more importantly, to help us build a community of enablers. Celebrity or not, you are our ROCKSTAR! Thank you.

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