Curated festival experiences to help you explore and expand your world of sexual wellness

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KONVERSATIONS

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WORKSHOPS

SmileMakers Marketplace

MARKETPLACE

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YUMMY EATS + DRINKS

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ART INSTALLATIONS

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LIVE GROOVY MUSIC

The Konversations

11:15 - 11:55PM

Breaking Down the Mystery of Female Orgasms: Let's all say Y-oooooo-ni

An exploration of the vulva (or yoni in sanskrit!) and the female orgasm. Hear from a vulva health physiotherapist, founder of Chakrubs - the original crystal yoni products company, a physician specializing in sexual medicne and a sex educator with a community of 2 million women in China. Body, Mind, Spirit - we are breaking down the mystery of the female orgasm!

VANESSA CUCCIA, Founder of Chakrubs (USA)

Regarded as a pioneer in the sex toy industry for introducing her methods of using crystals for sexual healing and empowerment on a global scale. Cuccia’s work has been a fixture in the Hammer Museum and Museum of Sex, featured in magazines such as New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Elle and Allure, appeared on notable digital platforms such as Buzzfeed and VICE.

SAM ZHAO, Founder of Yummy (China)

Sam founded Yummy based on one simple idea: for all of us, every woman, to feel comfortable about our own life, to feel confident about our desires. A community of over 2 million people, Yummy has been covered by media including, the Southern Weekly, CCTV, Wall Street Journal, among others.

ANGELA TAN, Family Physician (SG)

A Family Physician who has special interest in sexual medicine and is currently a member of the European Society of Sexual Medicine. She is also a certified Acupuncturist, a clinical tutor at a local medical university and a Life Coach. She firmly believes that intimacy and sex is a means of deep human connection, not simply for lustful satisfaction or mere procreation. Dr. Angela aims to make talking and practicing sex easier, more enjoyable and definitely sexual health as part of holistic wellness care.

MONICA DONALDSON, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist (SG)

Monica has With 18 years of clinical experience as a physiotherapist, and for the last 14 years she has worked mostly in gynaecology, obstetrics and pelvic health (including men, women and teens). Monica is passionate about normalising the conversations around pelvic health and believes that health care professionals need to feel comfortable themselves talking about sexuality in order to help their clients achieve their goals. All of the treatment strategies that Monica uses incorporate a holistic interplay of the mind and the body.


2:10 - 2:40PM

Having THE talk: Dos & Don'ts when talking about sex with your children

How do I talk to my kids about sex??? How we talk to and educate future generations about sex impacts not just their individual sexual experiences but also how safe the world is from sexual violence. Hear from Dr. Sanderijn, an expert who has dedicated her life to youth education in this area. Since 2008 she has worked regularly in China to train trainers and teachers in sexuality education - bringing a unique Western and Eastern perspective on this topic.

SANDERIJN VAN DER DOEF, Psychologist & Sexologist (Netherlands)

Sanderijn is an international expert and leading authority in the field of sexual health and sexuality education. She is also the author of several best-seller books about sexuality education for young children, adolescents, parents and teachers. Since 2010, she works regularly in China as trainer and consultant with several organizations to promote sexual health of children and adolescents. She is also a member of the WHO European expert group who developed the Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe.


2:45 - 3:25PM

Do you think you're man enough?: A look at the evolution of the modern man

Awareness on sexual harassment and violence has grown acutely over the past year. It has left many people confused about how to interact with and behave with different genders. At the same time, what was once defined as masculinity and femininity are being challenged. So what makes a man? Shifting the focus from men shaming and bashing, we aim to start an inclusive conversation on how we can start to evolve the definition of a "man".

ANITA KAPOOR, Host, Speaker, Writer (SG)

Anita Kapoor's work as a television host, speaker and moderator overlaps travel, luxury, human stories and advocacy and her global viewpoint is buffered by equality, generosity and self awareness. She is a Nespresso Singapore tastemaker, an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity Singapore and one of Pink Dot Singapore’s three official 2016 ambassadors in support of LGBTQI rights. She has spoken at Tedx Singapore Women 2012 on Female to Female misogyny, and at Tedx Singapore PnG 2017 on death.

FARHAN SHAH, Editor of AUGUSTMAN (SG)

An award-winning editorial professional, Farhan Shah is the editor of AUGUSTMAN, Singapore’s leading men’s lifestyle journal. He’s hung out with shark fishermen on their boats in Australia, shot the breeze with the transgender community in Singapore, and given a voice to the local senior citizens living alone in one-room flats. He’s always been interested in the discussion of sexual and gender issues, and has sought to advance both in his professional capacity.
 

LEOW YANGFA, Executive Director, Oogachaga (SG)

Leow Yangfa is executive director of Oogachaga, Singapore’s community-based, non-profit professional  organisation working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer and gender-diverse (LGBTQ+) individuals, couples and families. Yangfa is a registered social worker and part of his professional role involves providing  counselling support to LGBTQ+ clients. He identifies as queer, cisgender male.

MATTIAS HULTING, Founder of Ramblin's Brands (SG)

With 10+ years of experience in the beauty care business across Scandinavia and Asia, Mattias was inspired to found Ramblin' Brands through his passion for disruptive innovation that takes people by surprise and with an aim to revolutionize consumer categories that have room to grow. Smile Makers, the company’s first brand, has done just that in the sexual wellness industry, being awarded some of the most prestigious design awards and beating brands like Nike, Coca-Cola, and Apple.


1:45 - 2:05PM

Breaking taboos: A look at the female sexual revolution in China

Sex is taboo, especially in Asia... right?! What if that taboo is being broken? How would one bring about this sexual revolution? Hear from a pioneer leading the way in China - Sam Zhao. She has created an online platform and community that seeks to provide engaging education and support for all genders in China.

SAM ZHAO, Founder of Yummy (China)

Sam founded Yummy based on one simple idea: for all of us, every woman, to feel comfortable about our own life, to feel confident about our desires. A community of over 2 million people, Yummy has been covered by media including, the Southern Weekly, CCTV, Wall Street Journal, among others.


3:30 - 4:10PM

There is no "normal" sex: Taking a look at sex & intimacy where we forget it exists

Sex comes in diverse forms - just as humans come in different shapes, sizes, physical capabilities, etc. Our need for pleasure and intimacy does not disappear when we age, or when our bodies are impacted physically. Meet the people who help others enjoy sex & intimacy in circumstances where we don't usually think it's possible. This might inspire and expand your view of sexuality as a whole.

AMRA NAIDOO, Host, The Doing Good Podcast (SG)

For close to a decade, Amra has spearheaded high-impact partnerships & marketing strategies across bot commercial and non-profit sectors. She is passionate about working to close the gap between the commercial and social sectors. She regularly speaks about the intersection of business and impact, including at the recent Money 20/20 conference in Singapore and the upcoming Singularity University Impact Challenge in Poland. She has also been named one of Harper’s BAZAAR’s 2014 Women Who Inspire Others, and features as a guest author & presenter on industry blogs and radio, including 938Now, Yahoo, PR Week and e27. Amra has also recently been nominated as Curator for World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper’s Community here in Singapore and is the creator and presenter of the Doing Good Podcast, a fast-growing podcast driving awareness to high-achieving social enterprises and the causes they support.

DR. JULINDA LEE, Gynaecologist (SG)

Now in private practice, Dr Julinda Lee was awarded the Hoops medal for obstetrics and gynaecology and the Singapore Medical Association Bronze medal. She is also certified with the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the United Kingdom. She was also involved in the working group which wrote the Ministry of Health guidelines for hormone replacement therapy in the menopause prior to the Women’s Health Initiative study in 2002. She has an interest in holistic care for her patients, with a focus on empowering women, and eventually their partners, to improve their quality of life and prevent chronic disease. She was board certified with the American Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine in 2006 and went on to receive physician training with the Cenegenics Institute of Anti-Ageing Medicine in 2006.

Dr. Huan Zhong Wei, OBGYN, NUH (SG)

Dr. Huang completed his medical studies at the National University of Singapore and did his doctorate studies at the University of Oxford, UK. He is currently based at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, National University Hospital, Singapore. Dr. Huang supports couples with fertility and sexual issues holistically as an integral part of his clinical practice. He also dedicates his time to undergraduate and postgraduate medical teaching as well as performing translational research.

 

SHIRLENE TOH, Occupational Therapist (SG)

Ms. Shirlene Toh is a Principal Occupational Therapist at Tan Tock Seng Hospital Rehabilitation Centre. She completed the Master of Health Science (Sexual Health) with University of Sydney and currently practices as an occupational therapist cum sexual therapist at TTSH Rehabilitation Centre. She was the main champion for the TTSH Rehabilitation Centre’s Sexual Wellness for the Disabled programme. She addresses sexuality issues with people with disabilities (such as Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, etc).  Ms. Toh has conducted workshops at various local conferences and training related to sexuality for health care professionals within TTSH as well as in other hospitals. She has been keeping abreast with development in sexuality management for the disabled population.


4:15 - 4:40PM

What is cheating vs monogamish vs poly? Is "untraditional" the new norm for relationships?

Relationships and marriages from 50 years ago look quite different from how they look now. Gender roles are shifting, people are marrying later, divorce rates are higher... it seems that people are starting to define new types of relationships that fulfill them. So what is cheating in the modern day context? What is monogamish vs polyamory? Is "untraditional" the new norm for relationships?

  DR. LINDA KIRKMAN , Sexologist and Sex Educator (AUS)  Dr Linda Kirkman is an entrepreneur sexologist. She works as a sexuality educator, sex therapist, and relationship researcher. Her work covers sexuality, sexual health and relationships across the lifespan. Linda takes a diversity-and-sex-positive approach, underpinned by good communication skills and mutual respect. Her PhD explored friends-with-benefits relationships, and her many presentations on this topic include the 2015 Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies conference in Lisbon. Linda is an experienced educator and engaging public speaker, and has been learning and teaching about non-monogamy for several years. Find her online at  lindakirkman.org

DR. LINDA KIRKMAN, Sexologist and Sex Educator (AUS)

Dr Linda Kirkman is an entrepreneur sexologist. She works as a sexuality educator, sex therapist, and relationship researcher. Her work covers sexuality, sexual health and relationships across the lifespan. Linda takes a diversity-and-sex-positive approach, underpinned by good communication skills and mutual respect. Her PhD explored friends-with-benefits relationships, and her many presentations on this topic include the 2015 Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies conference in Lisbon. Linda is an experienced educator and engaging public speaker, and has been learning and teaching about non-monogamy for several years. Find her online at lindakirkman.org


1:00 - 1:40PM

Communicating desire & boundaries: Bringing consent into the real world

From the past year and an increasing discussion on consent, sexual harrassment and sexual violence, it is clear that something is not working in how we are communicating and interpretting social cues related to desire and sex. How do we practice consent in the real world? How do we communicate our desires in a way that fulfills a satisfying experience for everyone involved?

MARK TAN, Editor of Rice Media (SG)

Mark is the founder and CEO of Rice, a digital media site that takes unfiltered perspectives on contemporary Asian culture. He also owns and manages Allscript, a magazine distribution company that represents titles such as Vanity Fair, The Economist and Monocle.

SARA TANG, Sex educator & creator of the Better in Bed podcast (HK)

Sara is a sex educator and pleasure coach. Having received an inadequate sex education growing up, she founded Sarasense (sarasense.com) to provide tools and resources for people to have a more satisfying sex life. She is also the creator of the Better in Bed podcast, where she hosts frank, informative, playful conversations about sex and shares inspiration on how we can all get better at it. Currently based in Hong Kong, she has previously been a student of human sexuality at Stanford University, an erotic writer and a sex toy party entrepreneur. She regularly shares her brand of sassy, sexy lifestyle advice on radio, global documentaries, women's forums and numerous publications.

DR. LINDA KIRKMAN, Sexologist and Sex Educator (AUS)

Dr Linda Kirkman is an entrepreneur sexologist. She works as a sexuality educator, sex therapist, and relationship researcher. Her work covers sexuality, sexual health and relationships across the lifespan. Linda takes a diversity-and-sex-positive approach, underpinned by good communication skills and mutual respect. Her PhD explored friends-with-benefits relationships, and her many presentations on this topic include the 2015 Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies conference in Lisbon. Linda is an experienced educator and engaging public speaker, and has been learning and teaching about non-monogamy for several years. Find her online at lindakirkman.org

PRESCOTT GAYLORD, Improviser, Facilitator, and Healthy Sex Enthusiast (SG)

Prescott is the former Artistic Director of the Baltimore Improv Group, and creator of ‘The 4-Play Sex and Comedy Show’ which brings together sex experts and comedians to discuss modern topics in sexuality – which just had its Singapore debut in March. He has directed large and small scale improvised projects including, ‘Skinesthesia - Body Painted Improv’, ‘Improvised Burlesque’.   His shows have been featured in improv festivals in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Bethlehem, Washington DC, Austin, New York, Shanghai, Manila, and Chicago. He currently delivers an experiential workshop on intimate consent and boundaries using applied improv techniques, and can be seen in the local comedy scene with The Latecomers.


Love & Play Marketplace

Discover a spectrum of sexual wellness brands and services - for couples, singles, different genders and orientations and learn about local advocacy groups empowering others.

Social Impact & Advocacy

Are you a brand that is feeling our vibe? Give us a shout at hello@sparkfest.asia!

 

Yummy Eats & Drinks

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Art Installations

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Yoniscape 

by STRIP - Ministry of Waxing

STRIP Yoniscape is a visual representation of women taking off the lid on issues of shame, self-consciousness and fear of the unknown. Once inside, nothing is considered taboo. Feel the luxurious softness of the Yoni-Waves; dance in the technicolour kaleidoscope of the Yoni-Neons; tune in to listen the voices of Yoni-Tales and add you voice to the Yoniscape to kickstart the conversation on all things vulva!

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The O Project 

by Smile Makers

The O Project is a collaborative photography project by Marcos Alberti, renowned Brazilian photographer, and Smile Makers. Something daring, unique and meaningful: a series of photos of women before, during and after they climax through self-pleasure. A limited collection of the photographs will be exhibited at SPARK Fest.

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Sexual Wellness Art Collective 

by SPARK x Smile Makers

SPARK Fest and Smile Makers are thrilled to welcome you to the first ever Collective art experience about Sexual Wellness in Singapore! We will be working with the Artist Anne-Laure Herrezuelo on this amazing journey of expression and creativity around male and female sex. 

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PLEASE NOTE: GUESTS MUST BE 18 Y/O OR ABOVE (AS RATED BY IMDA FOR THE ART INSTALLATIONS)