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16 May – 2 Jun: Singapore International Festival of Arts
Event Spotlight: Singapore International Festival of Arts
Two months from now, Singapore will transform itself into an art haven that goes beyond “art” itself! And we’re all invited to artistic encounters like no other.
From 16 May to 2 June, the Lion City will be staging the 42nd edition of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) with the best of local and international artists in the form of quality works in theatre, dance and music, as well as innovative productions that roll technology, history and storytelling into one.
Organised and managed independently by the Arts House Limited and commissioned by the National Arts Council, the festival will be the second one helmed by festival director Gaurav Kripalani, who identifies individual artists around the world who have been ground-breaking in their respective art forms and persuade them to come to Singapore. In this 2019 edition, 39 exciting programs have been lined up across the 18 days of the festival.
Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, best known for his work on the movie about Chinese emperor Puyi, will be collaborating with Shiro Takatani for an experimental collective show. Meanwhile, Simon McBurney will be presenting a stage adaptation of the World War 1 novel “Beware of Pity”.
Singapore’s very own artist Ho Tzu Nyen will be using the magic of his animatronic puppets and visual projections to recreate the charged atmosphere of the times of Lai Teck, the leader of the Malayan Communist Party from 1939 to 1947, and a triple agent for the French, British and Japanese secret police.
Interactive technology will also be taking the spotlight with “We Can Dance” collab between Daily tous les jours and ScRach MarcS as they invite audiences to step inside a booth and follow some dance choreo, which will be projected on the walls of the National Library Plaza. Over at the “De Relaxerette” installation by Dutch artist Arjan Kruidhof, audiences will be invited to put headphones on and hear sounds and stories from Singapore and the Netherlands.
Many other artists – not to be missed – will be in the Lion City to bring in joy, fun, entertainment and awesomeness. There will be so many choices of activities at SIFA that you and your travelling companions can gamely take part in: talks, exhibitions, installations, theater productions – and a closing concert by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
You’re already feeling the excitement, aren’t you? Visit www.sifa.sg to get the best deals and info on Singapore International Festival of Arts!