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The en­tre­pre­neur be­hind in­de­pen­dent cin­ema The Pro­jec­tor re­veals her hope to make the world a more in­clu­sive place

aren tan cringes a lit­tle whenever some­one de­scribes her brain­child, The Pro­jec­tor, as “hip­ster”. Other than its un­con­ven­tional lo­ca­tion on the fifth floor of Golden Mile Tower, she says the in­de­pen­dent cin­ema and event space doesn’t try to be bo­hemian. What it tries to do is in­spire cre­ativ­ity, cul­tural ap­pre­ci­a­tion and a sense of be­long­ing. “We don’t want The Pro­jec­tor to come off as in­tim­i­dat­ing, but wel­com­ing for a di­verse group of peo­ple,” says the co-founder of Pocket Projects, the creative de­vel­op­ment con­sul­tancy and man­age­ment com­pany that, in 2014, trans­formed the space once known as the Golden Theatre. The con­cept has worked, and now the place brims with var­i­ous per­son­al­i­ties, from in­die film buffs to cu­ri­ous in­di­vid­u­als. It has three theatre halls of vary­ing vibes, which have been used for film fes­ti­vals, kinder­garten grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies and even town hall meet­ings by banks. “From the start, the phys­i­cal space in­spired its purpose,” says Karen. “And that’s to fill a gap in the Sin­ga­pore land­scape and be an al­ter­na­tive en­ter­tain­ment and cul­tural plat­form.”

“Old spa­ces are like com­fort­able couches, and at Pocket Projects, we try to build on that. We don’t do com­plete restora­tion of places into mu­seum-like pieces, be­cause that makes them un­touch­able and al­most too pre­cious to use. Our pri­or­ity is to strike a bal­ance be­tween the old and the new el­e­ments of the space.”

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