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Few events truly foster cross-cultural connections and meaningful new relationships or effectively reinforce international family spirit and global citizenship. But this is what Dulwich College (Singapore) set out to achieve when, after two years of planning, more than 891 students from 13 schools across the Dulwich International community converged in Singapore for the Dulwich Olympiad 2024.

Over five days from 18-22 March, 59 artists, 79 actors, 143 musicians, and 610 athletes from Singapore, the United Kingdom, China and South Korea showcased their athletic prowess in sports competitions, expressed creativity in art and design workshops, and moved audiences with musical renditions and collaborative dramatic performances.

Participating “Olympians” also embarked on a curated tour of Singapore’s iconic
landmarks, from the breathtaking Gardens by the Bay to the iconic Marina Bay Sands, meeting locals and sampling local fare.

Art & Design

The week-long programme was split into three creative pathways – Fine Art, Applied Art and Design, and Fashion and Textiles – and included workshops with Rippleroot artist collective, Fat Anvil Studios and Lisa Tang where they incorporated imagery from their Singapore travels into captivating canvas works; as well as sneaker design, lamp crafting, and silversmithing. Fashion and Textiles students also enjoyed a masterclass with textile artist Deborah McKeller, incorporating Singaporean-inspired elements into their compositions using various textile techniques. The week concluded with an exhibition of
the student’s projects, including a ‘legacy’ artwork that will be displayed on campus.


A unique experience was presented to the students selected for the Olympiad Orchestra and Choir, who were coached in professional music techniques and practices by distinguished guest conductors from the Cleveland Orchestra, USA, and Bentley Music Academy, Malaysia. Students refined their practice and explored a rich repertoire comprising classical masterpieces and regional compositions. Through intensive rehearsals, the festivities reached a crescendo with a sophisticated classical-inspired closing concert featuring pieces such as Mars and Jupiter by Gustav Holst and Danse Bacchanale by Camille Saint-Saëns, followed by a contemporary showcase on Friday evening by the Clock Tower, with electrifying performances from our esteemed Dulwich
College (Singapore) Rock Bands.

Performing Arts

Students started weeks of rehearsals in their home countries before coming together in Singapore to weave together an innovative interpretation of Homer’s renowned epic poem, The Odyssey. The Odyssey featured a blend of diverse styles that captivated audiences and had them witness the power of storytelling through a global lens. Students were also able to attend workshops hosted by local Singaporean artists, delving into the intricate artistry of Bharatanatyam, the graceful movements of Malay dance, and the expressive dynamism
of physical theatre. The experiences delivered not just artistic growth, but a genuine connection to the diverse and captivating tapestry of Singapore’s performing arts scene.


Students had the opportunity to compete alongside and against each other in a week-long festival of five sports. Across three age groups for both girls and boys – badminton, athletics, basketball, swimming, and football – students participated in a lineup of competitive festivals, open meets, canon relays and galas. An all-day athletics event was held at the Home of Athletics Centre in the shadows of the national stadium in Kallang. This ‘open meet’ enabled students to take part in their preferred athletics events, pitting themselves against all other students attending. It was a true showcase of athletic competency from sports students around the world. “Through shared experiences and collaborative efforts, our students gained a deeper appreciation for cultural diversity and for one another,” said Nick Magnus, Head of Dulwich College (Singapore). “The sense of unity and camaraderie we have nurtured in Singapore this week transcends borders, and has proudly brought to life our vision and mission “Detur Pons Mundo”, Building Bridges to the World.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Dulwich Olympiad or Dulwich College (Singapore), visit the Dulwich College (Singapore) website or schedule a tour at admissions.singapore@dulwich.org