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For a whole month, Singapore celebrates the arts with a smorgasbord of theatre, dance and music performances.
Organized and managed independently by the Arts House Limited, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) brings together the best of local and international artists in the form of quality works in theatre, dance and music, and aims to inspire diverse audiences through great artistic experiences.
Artist at the helm
From 2014 to 2017, acclaimed theatre director and Cultural Medallion recipient Ong Keng Sen takes the helm at the festival. His first edition of SIFA is themed ‘Legacy and the Expanded Classic’, which explores issues such as how legacies of the 20th century have left their mark on our future through the arts, as well as what ‘classic’ means in the 21st century.
To understand these performances better, a public engagement initiative called The O.P.E.N. (Open, Participate, Enrich, Negotiate) was held earlier this year in a span of three months. There were public performances, film screenings, exhibitions and even brunch talks.
Thereafter, a month later, SIFA will bring in a stellar selection of 13 productions spread over six weekends during the remaining of the festival, with established names like Robert Wilson, Michael Nyman, London Sinfonietta, and the Berliner Ensemble. New cutting edge award winning productions from Korea such as The Chorus; Oedipus, the US with Richard Move’s Martha@ . . . The 1963 Interview and Iranian Amid the Clouds will also be among the line-up.