A pioneer in the field of storytelling in Asia, Kamini is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in English Language & Literature (Hons) from the University of Reading (UK) and a Master’s degree in Arts Pedagogy & Practice from Goldsmith’s, University of London (UK).
A respected artist educator Kamini is a specialist storytelling lecturer for tertiary level programmes in Communications Studies, Arts Management, Art Therapy and Performing Arts. She founded the non-profit organisation The Storytelling Centre Limited to advance the art of storytelling. She is passionate about the nurturing of emerging artists and established the Young Storytellers Mentorship Programme.
She is the creative force behind MoonShadow Stories, which spearheaded performance storytelling for adult audiences in Singapore and has produced World Storytelling Day in Singapore since 2005.
She has been featured at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Federation of European Storytelling Conference, Festivale Internazionale di Storytelling Roma in Italy, Festival at the Edge in England, Alden Biesen International Storytelling Festival in Belgium, Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival in Wales, Sharjah International Storytelling Festival UAE, Sydney International Storytelling Conference, Chennai International Storytelling Festival, Georgetown Festival in Penang and more
Described as “Singapore’s most mesmerising storyteller” by Professor Tommy Koh at the International Summit of the Book she is one of today’s most unique voices in storytelling.
Passionate in working with art forms of all kinds and with different communities, Safiah has worked with schools, statutory boards, foundations and corporations in developing arts exposure programmes, and fostering partnerships with clients such as the National Arts Council, Ministry of Community, Youth and Sports, and the Ministry of Education. She has been working in festivals in Singapore and abroad, and her prior professional work experiences apart from festival management include being the Education and Outreach Executive in one of the major theatre companies in Singapore, The Necessary Stage. Safiah was part of National Arts Council’s Youth Arts Overseas Attachment Programme as Curatorial Assistant for Next Wave Festival (Melbourne), and was also part of Skammdegi Festival 2015 – 2016 (Iceland). She is currently doing her Masters of Arts degree in Arts and Cultural Management in LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.
Safiah believes in social engagement and ground-up initiatives. She hopes to support the vision of the festival through her arts management training and varied experiences.
The Storytelling Centre Limited is a Singapore-based non-profit company limited by guarantee (UEN 201633353H).