Back in 1977 when the Singapore Arts Festival first started, it was all about celebrating the local arts activity. But since then, it’s helped Singapore become more culturally rich and diverse. Today the festival doesn’t just showcase arts-related events, it also aims to get people thinking, creating and interacting.
Here’s all the programmes and themes that you can look forward to at the Singapore Arts Festival (SAF) 2010.
Take the old and make it new! As one of the programme themes of the festival this year, local performers were encouraged to re-experience their classic works to allow them to reach out to new audiences.
Between Tradition and Contemporary
There’s nothing like mixing it up a little to make things fresh. While the SAF wants to showcase works from South East Asia, this is also a chance for artists trained in traditional art forms to explore new mediums in a contemporary setting to create something relevant for today.
Offering a new platform for individual artists, Open Studio allows an on-going process for artists to engage in – they can present a full-length work for a year without the pressure of presenting something on a tight deadline. With open workshops and showings during the Festival, these can eventually move on to full works of art at other festivals. It’s a great way for people to see a project from start to finish.
Catch: Open Studio
For artists that work on an individual basis, this is a way for them to create and present different perspectives and engage the audience in the way they want. It’s a chance to experience art in a more intimate scale
As a new genre for the SAF, dance film will explore ideas and expression of movement in a setting that combines both ‘live’ and pre-recorded elements. It’ll be a whole new (and multiple) perspective to seeing dance!
There’s no better place to learn than in school, but some things need a bit more than a classroom to teach in. With several institutions now offering arts and creative fields, the standard of performances in Singapore has grown by leaps and bounds. Here’s your chance to support all the budding young stars in their performances.
Catch: Platform Campus
Art doesn’t stop when the sun goes down – there’s plenty to do into the night!
Other ticketed events that you may want to check out include:
And you can have fun for free too, at these events:
Read our other feature on the Singapore Arts Festival here.
For a full listing on Singapore Arts Festival events, go here.