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Art Festivals & Events in Singapore


Singapore's arts calendar offers myriad events that appeal to people from all walks of life. Major events include Prudential Children First!, Singapore International Festival for Children and Womad. Recent infrastructure developments like Arts House at the Old Parliament and the purpose-built Esplanade, theatres on the bay further contributed to the vibrancy of the arts scene. The Esplanade with its state-of-the-art staging facilities now enables Singapore to play host to some of the region's best known international artists, companies and mega world premieres. Its own arts events like the Hua Yi, Kalaa Utsavam (Indian festival of Arts) and Pesta Raya (Malay festival of Arts) have added a new dimension to arts programming.

The National Arts Council is one of the main organiser of arts events. Major flagship arts events like the Singapore Arts Festival, a leading international arts festival in the region, Singapore Writer's Festival and Seni Singapore Art, provide a platform for new artistic expressions have been instrumental in positioning Singapore as a vibrant global arts city. We also manage the busking scheme to provide a platform to showcase local artistic talents and to enliven the streetscape.

Singapore Arts Festival

The Singapore Arts Festival is organised by the National Arts Council as a national celebration of the arts to position Singapore as a global city for the arts. Since 1977, the Festival has evolved and established itself as the leading and largest performing arts platform in Singapore with signature focus on theatre, dance and music.

The Festival sees a broad and inclusive programme ranging from premier classics to contemporary creations, while it continues its strategic role as a global connector in the international festival circuit, a champion of Singapore arts and artists, and a national platform for the people to engage in the arts.

Over the last three decades, the Festival has played a symbiotic and catalytic role in the development of the artistic and cultural life of Singapore. It has helped to transform the city’s cultural landscape, turning it into one of Asia’s major cultural capitals today. It has influenced local artists as well as increasing public awareness and demand for the arts, spawning new cultural platforms, events, and movements that help underpin the lively cultural scene in Singapore.

Singapore Art Show

Organised by the National Arts Council, Singapore Art Show (SAS) aims to be a national platform for both established as well as up-and-coming local visual artists to showcase their latest artworks. It also serves as an important avenue for public appreciation of the diverse visual arts practices found in Singapore.

It will showcase artworks from various genres and medium by Singapore artists, as well as seek to engage the visual arts community in Singapore through outreach components, public art, platforms for the discovery of new talents, and prestigious awards.

SAS is part of an integrated framework of two exciting biennial visual arts platforms developed to provide expanded and diverse visual arts showcases in Singapore. The other is the Singapore Biennale which will focus on the development and presentation of South-east Asian and Asian contemporary art in the international scene. These two biennials aim to further nurture our visual arts talents, capabilities and audiences nationally, regionally, and internationally.

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