SINGAPORE - Ten outstanding arts practitioners were honoured for their commitment to artistic excellence at the Cultural Medallion and Young Artist Award ceremony on Oct 22 at the Istana.
Three of them - Ivan Heng, Mohamed Latiff Mohamed and Tsung Yeh received the Cultural Medallion (CM) from President Tony Tan Keng Yam, while the seven remaining arts practitioners received the Young Artist Award (YAA) from Acting Minister, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Lawrence Wong.
They are Bani Haykal, Chua Yew Kok, Grace Tan, Koh Hui Ling, M. Zaki Razak, Ruth Ling and Zul Othman (ZERO).
The Cultural Medallion, instituted in 1979 by the late President, then Minister of Culture, Mr Ong Teng Cheong, recognises individuals who have attained artistic excellence in the fields of Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Film, and made a distinction to the nation's arts and culture.
There are 109 Cultural Medallion recipients to date.