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Singapore Arts Festival must sees!

Events - 12 May 2010 9:00 AM | Updated 16 September 2010

Singapore Arts Festival must sees!

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.

Catch: Those Who Can’t, Teach; Emily of Emerald Hill


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.

Catch: Red Demon; O Sounds; Acoustic Evening


Open Studio

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


Solo Projects

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

Catch: Heroine



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!

Catch: Fantasy; Dance: Asia; Experimental; With Grace & Intent; Without Borders; Masterclass by Alex Reuben


Platform Campus

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


After Dark

Art doesn’t stop when the sun goes down – there’s plenty to do into the night!

Catch: Atsuhiro Ito featuring Zai Kuning & The Analog Girl; Sound System;



Other ticketed events that you may want to check out include:

Cargo Kuala Lumpur – Singapore

The Manganiyar Seduction

Y o’clock

Football! Football!


The Carnival of the Animals and Peter and the Wolf

Wind Shadow

11 and 12

I, Peaseblossom and I, Malvolio

Nijinsky Siam

Lady Macbeth

On the String


Street Revolution JAM!

Maybe Forever


Academy of St Martin in the Field and Joshua Bell


And you can have fun for free too, at these events:

Invitation to Dream – a Fire Garden Installation

In the Mood

Zapin D’Muara

The Hood


Festival Closing: Mega Line Dance


Read our other feature on the Singapore Arts Festival here.

For a full listing on Singapore Arts Festival events, go here.