What is the Singapore International Festival of Arts or SIFA?
Into its 41st edition, Singapore International Festival of Arts 2018 (SIFA 2018) enters a new era under Gaurav Kripalani as Festival Director 2018 – 2020 and presents diverse and distinctive works from Singapore and around the world that ignites the imagination, inspires myriad audiences, and provokes reflection and dialogue. Get ready for a plethora of theatre, music, dance, literary and visual arts at the pinnacle arts festival that will happen over three weekends from 26 April to 12 May, and across over ten performance spaces, including the Festival House, located at The Arts House.
SIFA is the official acronym of Singapore International Festival of Arts.
When is the festival period?
In 2018, SIFA will run from from 26 April – 12 May.
What is the Festival House?
As the heartbeat of the SIFA 2018,The Arts House will be transformed into Festival House during the festival period. The mix of intimate spaces in the House lends itself to unique opportunities for performances, artist talks, book clubs, reading room and immesive exhibitions for both audiences and festival artists. The activities at Festival House offer avenues for reflection and discussion on concepts and themes in the Festival. The Arts House will be the pulse of the festival where audiences meet, discuss the works in the festival, eat, drink and hang out while taking in the Festival buzz.
Who is the organiser of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2018?
The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) is organised by Arts House Limited.
SIFA is an annual highlight of Singapore’s cultural calendar. It began as the Singapore Festival of Arts in 1977 and was a biennial event up till 1999. Started at a time when Singapore was often called a “cultural desert”, the festival has since contributed greatly to the nation’s arts and cultural development.
The festival underwent a review in 2012 and as a result, an independent company, Arts Festival Limited, was set up by the National Arts Council to take over the organising of the festival. After merging with the The Old Parliament House, it was renamed Arts House Limited (AHL) on 19 March 2014. That year the festival was revamped into SIFA to huge success.
Committed to enriching lives through the arts, AHL is set up as a company limited by guarantee (CLG) under National Arts Council. AHL manages two key landmarks located in the heart of Singapore’s Civic District -- The Arts House, a multidisciplinary arts centre with a focus on literary programming, and the Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, a heritage building that is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. It also runs the Goodman Arts Centre and Aliwal Arts Centre, two creative enclaves for artists, arts groups and creative businesses, and performing arts space Drama Centre.
Where can I find the #SIFA2018 Festival Guides:
For easy reference or viewing on your digital devices, you can download our festival guide here.
Our guides are distributed to 300 over establishments, if you would like a physical copy of the Festival Guide, please head to the following:
- All Authorised SISTIC Agents (For a complete list, please click here)
- The Arts House (Festival House)
- ArtScience Museum
- Asian Civilisations Museum
- Centre 42
- Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
- Japan Creative Centre
- Lasalle College of the Arts
- Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
- National Museum of Singapore
- National Gallery Singapore
- Peranakan Museum
- Singapore Arts Museum
- Singapore Philatelic Museum
- Singapore Tyler Print Institute
- School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA)
- The Projector
- The Republic Cultural Centre
- University Cultural Centre
- Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall
Heritage Centres & Associations:
- Malay Heritage Centre
- Chinatown Heritage Centre
- Indian Heritage Centre
- The Eurasian Association, Singapore
- Bedok Public Library
- Central Public Library
- Choa Chu Kang Public Library
- Library @ Esplanade
- Library @ Orchard
- Pasir Ris Public Library
- Yishun Public Library
- Blu Jaz
- Café Melba
- Chock Full of Beans
- Kapok @ National Design Centre
- Penny University
- The Fabulous Baker Boy
- Wheeler’s Yard
Is there a mobile application I can download for the festival?
While there isn’t a mobile app for the Festival, there are various ways to stay informed! You can download our festival guide here.
Sign up for our mailing list for the latest news and special deals for SIFA here.
You can also connect with SIFA via our social media platforms for the latest updates:
What are the resources available for media?
For media representatives or writers who would like to receive press materials on the festival, including the media releases and images, please visit the media centre here. For other media opportunities, please reach out to Rachel (email@example.com) and Amanda at (Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org)
How can I purchase tickets to the performance?
To purchase tickets online, please visit sifa.sg
To purchase tickets in person, please visit any authorised SISTIC ticketing agent. To locate the authorised agents closest to you, please visit SISTIC
What is the SISTIC booking fee? Are there any service charge or additional booking fees?
SISTIC charges booking fee for all ticket transactions. Booking fee applies to all ticket bookings, regardless of the channel of purchase.
For tickets that cost $20 and below, SISTIC charges a booking fee of $1 per ticket.
For tickets priced from $20.01 to $40, SISTIC charges a booking fee of $3 per ticket.
For tickets above $40, SISTIC charges a booking fee of $4 per ticket.
For more information, please click here.
For the $10 Student Front Row tickets, is there a listing of the selected shows which such tickets are available for?
The Student Front Row tickets are available for the following programmes and shows:
· 1984 by George Orwell
· Jacob Collier
· Rhymes of Love: An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Javed Akhtar & Shabana Azmi
· Parable of the Sower
· OCD Love
· The Blues Project
· Playlist #1
· An Enemy of the People
· Nico Muhly Speaks Volumes
For more information on the ticket pricing or the programmes, head on here.
How do I get $10 tickets?
For the $10 Student Front Row tickets, you may proceed to any SISTIC authorised ticketing agent and present your student pass to enjoy the special price.
For the $10 Student Front Row tickets, are teachers able to buy them in bulk on behalf of students?
As the tickets are reserved for individual purchases, you will not be able to purchase the tickets in bulk.
For the $10 Student Front Row tickets, it would be best for the students to purchase the tickets personally. If the students are interested to catch any of the performances, they may proceed to any SISTIC authorised ticketing agent and present their student pass to enjoy the special price.
For teachers, we have bulk purchase packages available. You can check them out here. For more information you can email Yanru at email@example.com
If you have any additional queries on bulk purchase packages, do not hesitate to reach out to her via email.
For SIFA Bundle of 3 and SIFA Bundle of 5, is it possible to amend/select the number of tickets for different shows?
Yes. Once you’ve selected the minimum number of programmes (3 or 5), you may amend the number of tickets you wish to purchse for each show.
Can I purchase tickets at the door?
Yes, tickets will be available at the door, however these are subject to availability. Do note that not all performance venues have SISTIC counters, and for those cases, it would be ideal to get the tickets via the website or to collect the tickets at the authorised agents before the show.
For seats with better views, we would encourage you to book your tickets early.
Would the seats be pre-assigned or am I able to choose where I sit?
Seating plans for shows with reserved seating are available at any SISTIC outlet, so you are able to select your seat, subject to availability.
Some shows at SIFA 2018 are General Admission, meaning that your ticket does not assign you an allocated seat at the venue. These are free-seating and available on a first-come-first-served basis on the day of the performance/event. We encourage all ticket holders to reach the venue at least 30 minutes before the performance to secure your seats.
The following SIFA 2018 shows are General Admissions (free-seating):
- A Dream Under the Southern Bough – The Beginning
- Anticipation of One
- Jazz at Play I
- Jazz at Play II
- Jazz at Play III
At the Festival House, there are also events with free admissions. However, these may require registrations due to venue capacity. For details, please visit the Festival House page here.
What happens if I lose my tickets?
To expedite resolutions to lost/stolen tickets, please prepare the following before calling +65 6348 5555 for assistance:
- - Transaction number
- - Event title
- - Number of tickets purchased
- - Name and NRIC/FIN number
Only tickets for reserved seating can be replaced for a service fee of $5.00 per ticket.
Lost / Stolen General Admission (GA) tickets cannot be replaced.
For more information, please click here.
What happens if I can’t make it for the performance? Would a refund be possible?
Unless you have purchased SISTIC’s Ticket Protector online, a refund would not be possible. Unclaimed seats may be given to walk-in patrons.
For more information on SISTIC’s Ticket Protector, please click here.
SIFA 2018 Programmes & Festival House
Why are there shows still waiting for ratings to be advised?
There are some shows that are still pending ratings from IMDA. Please continue to check the respective programme pages for the latest updates.
Alternatively, you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request to be updated on the statuses of certain shows.
What are the films showing at Singular Screens for SIFA 2018?
The film line-up will be release at a later date, please continue to check the programme page here for the latest updates.
If you would like to be updated on the Singular Screens line-up, please write to us at email@example.com.
How does restricted age compare to advisory age?
In the case of advisory rating, Arts entertainment with an Advisory rating will be accompanied by consumer advice to enable the public, especially parents, to make an informed choice for their children.
In the case of restricted age, this is an enforceable category where arts companies and event organisers have to ensure that no one below the permissible age is allowed into the performance venue. Consumer advice will also be provided as early as possible for potential audience members to make an informed choice.
How do I register for the masterclasses?
You can read about the masterclasses at SIFA 2018 and register via the website sifa.sg
When you are at the page for the masterclass you would like to register for, you can access the registration portal with the link located at the right column of the page. Certain masterclasses have prerequisites that participants need to fulfil before being considered and admitted.
I tried registering for free programmes but they are full, will I be placed on a waiting list?
We are sorry to inform you that once the programme is sold out, there will not be any waiting list or extra slots.
Registered guests would have to show up at least 15 minutes before the free programme. If the registered guests are not there by 15 minutes before the programme, SIFA reserves the right to offer the seats to the walk-in guests. However, SIFA will not be able to guarantee seats for walk-in guests.
Patrons are encouraged to be at the venue at least 30 minutes before the performance time listed on your ticket. As a general practice, please be seated 15 minutes before the performance start time.
To respect to the performers and other audience members, latecomers will only be admitted into the venues at a suitable break. This varies from performance to performance. For some performances, there might be no latecomers admission or latecomers may be admitted only after first interval.
Due to the nature of the performances, please be advised that there will be no latecomers admission for the following:
If, for any reasons, you have to leave or step out of a performance after it has commenced, you will only be re-admitted at a suitable break. We regret any inconvenience and disappointment this may cause to anyone.
Is there any etiquette audiences should take note of?
The use of mobile phones, paging devices, cameras and other recording devices, and any other devices that emit light, are not allowed during performances unless otherwise stated.
Is photography and videography allowed during the performances?
Unless otherwise stated, photography and videography are not allowed.
How can I volunteer for SIFA?
SIFA is made possible because of passionate individuals like yourself who love and wish to contribute to the arts. SIFA 2018 is currently recruiting Festival Ambassadors who will be instrumental at making the festival a success.
To be a Festival Ambassador, do register your interest or share your questions about the programme at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for SIFA Festival Ambassador registration will be on Tuesday, 13 March 2018.
For individual or corporate entities who would like to contribute to SIFA, are there any partnership and sponsorship opportunities available?
Yes, there certainly are! For more information, click here.
If you have further enquires, you may send an email to us at email@example.com.
Alternatively, you may write to us at Singapore International Festival of Arts 2018, 28 Aliwal Street, #03-05, Singapore 199918. We strive to get back to you as soon as possible.