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Adjustments to the SIFA 2021 Opening Weekend

Singapore, 13 May 2021 — The safety and well-being of artists, patrons and staff continue to be of highest priority to SIFA. In addition to other Safe Management Measures (SMMs) such as extensive cleaning regimes of high touch point areas and safe distancing, Trace Together-only Safe Entry will be implemented for artists, audiences and staff across all performance venues, and audiences must remain seated and masked throughout all live performances. Following the latest advisories announced on 4 May 2021, with updates on 5 May 2021 on live performances, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) has made adjustments to the festival’s opening weekend. 

Capped capacity at 100 for selected shows, reduced capacity to 50 at Oldham Theatre 

The capacity of the following programmes, which previously had a maximum capacity of 250 for each show, will now be capped at 100 audience members: 

There will also be a reduced capacity to 50 at Oldham Theatre, previously at 66, affecting the screenings for the following films as part of Singular Screens: 

Regretfully, SIFA has implemented a refund exercise to meet this reduction, based on date of purchase, starting from patrons who made purchases after the first 100 and 50 tickets respectively. Additionally, patrons who received refunds for The Commission and A Song for Louis will receive a complimentary ticket to watch the respective shows via SIFA On Demand, which will be available for viewing on SISTIC LIVE from 5 to 12 June 2021. Patrons who were affected by these reductions have been contacted by SIFA’s ticketing agent, SISTIC. 

Adjustments to Outdoor Shows  

In line with efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Cosmogony will now be taking place indoors at Esplanade Theatre from 14 to 16 May 2021. This programme is free with registration.  

With the limited capacity for live performances and reduced capacity at Oldham Theatre, audiences can catch all eight Festival Commissions and selected performances from SIFA v2.020, as well as selected film from the Singular Screens lineup on SIFA On Demand from 31 May to 12 June 2021. More information is available on sifa.sg 


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For more information, please contact: 

Samantha Jong 

Senior Account Executive 


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Johann Khairi 

Manager, Communications 

Arts House Limited 

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About the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 

As Singapore’s annual pinnacle performing arts festival, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) presents captivating and diverse works across theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts. First launched as the Singapore Festival of Arts in 1977, the festival has gone through several evolutions and inspired generations of arts lovers and practitioners. Today, the highly anticipated festival is a high point on Singapore’s arts and cultural calendar. SIFA continues its festival mission to champion the creation and presentation of Singaporean and international works.  

About Arts House Limited (AHL) 

Arts House Limited (AHL) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to enriching lives through the arts. AHL manages two key landmarks located in the heart of Singapore’s Civic District – The Arts House, a multi-disciplinary 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. AHL presents the Singapore International Festival of Arts, the annual pinnacle celebration of performance and interdisciplinary arts in Singapore commissioned by the National Arts Council.  

AHL was set up in 11 December 2002 as a company limited by guarantee (CLG) under the National Arts Council and was formerly known as The Old Parliament House Limited. It was officially renamed Arts House Limited on 19 March 2014. In 2020, AHL was appointed cultural place manager of the Civic District. 

About National Arts Council (NAC) 

The National Arts Council champions the arts in Singapore. By nurturing creative excellence and supporting broad audience engagement, our diverse and distinctive arts inspire our people, connect communities and profile Singapore internationally. We preserve our rich cultural traditions as we cultivate accomplished artists and vibrant companies for the future. Our support for the arts is comprehensive – from grants and partnerships to industry facilitation and arts housing. The Council welcomes greater private and corporate giving to and through the arts, so that together we can make the arts an integral part of everyone’s lives. For more information on the Council’s mission and plans, please visit www.nac.gov.sg 

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