The Inaugural U Symposium: Magazine Contemporary

Lovers and hoarders of independent publications would be delighted to know that Underscore, together with Hjgher, have put together a brilliant symposium unlike any other – at least in our part of the world – and it’s taking place this weekend at The Projector along Beach Road.


Priced at $200 for both days, the U Symposium themed “Magazine Contemporary” transports every soul in the 240-seater theatre through the inner workings of publishing’s greatest minds. You can expect to meet and speak to the founders, editors and creatives of the world’s most sought after, progressive independent magazines from the US, UK and Singapore.

Here is the lineup of speakers from their respective publications:
Fantastic Man – Jop van Bennekom, Editor and Creative Director
Kinfolk – Charlotte Heal, Creative Director
Lucky Peach – Chris Ying, Editor-In-Chief
Magculture – Jeremy Leslie,Editor-In-Chief
Printed Pages – Rob Alderson, Editor-In-Chief
The Gentlewoman – Penny Martin,Editor-In-Chief
The Gourmand – David Lane, Editor-In-Chief
Underscore – Justin Long, Editor-In-Chief
W__K W__K – Theseus Chan, Director

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Each one of these publications is bizarrely different from your run-of-the-mill monthlies. Take for example Lucky Peach, a quarterly journal of food and writing that dives into a single theme each issue, emerging with (mostly) irreverent narratives and spectacular visuals for good measure. We’ve never wanted to skip a page.

Running alongside the U Symposium is The U Assembly, something else to shout about because it’s a curated pop up of food, literature, film, design and lifestyle elements that provides a breathing space for fellow creatives and attendees to buzz between sessions, while implanting the historical venue with renewed energy.

There’s even a Design Masterclass by Underscore and Mag Culture taking place as a satellite event in the following days.


Jeremy Leslie, Editor and Creative Director of MagCulture, and author of The Modern Magazine: Visual Journalism in the Digital Era, will be present to demonstrate and orchestrate the very components which make your magazine cover pop from the news stands, deviating from a sea of traditional covers and mastheads.

The workspace is yours for SGD$280, on 17th of March from 9.30am-1.30pm.

For ticketing information and more details on the weekend’s speakers, head over to The U Symposium website.

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