Singapore, 15 May 2021 – The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) continues to prioritise the safety and well-being of artists, patrons and staff. In light of the latest Safe Management Measures (SMMs) advisories announced on 14 May, the following live performances will be cancelled:
- Be Comforted Now: Bach Cantatas (16 May, Sunday, 5pm, Victoria Concert Hall)
- Before Life and After part of Compassion: Chamber Music Series (21 May, Friday, 7.30pm, Chamber, Festival House)
- Echoes of Fire and Water part of Compassion: Chamber Music Series (23 May, Sunday, 3pm & 6pm, Chamber, Festival House)
- Nature of Daylight part of Compassion: Chamber Music Series (23 May, Sunday, 5pm, Esplanade Concert Hall)
- A Thousand Ways Part III: An Assembly (21 – 23 May, SOTA Drama Theatre)
- And the two performances on Sunday for The Commission (16 May, Sunday, 2pm & 6pm, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @ Wild Rice, Funan)
In addition, the capacity of Oldham Theatre will be reduced to 33, which previously had a maximum capacity of 50. This will affect some films in the Singular Screens lineup.
SIFA’s ticketing agent, SISTIC, will be in touch with patrons who are affected by these cancellations and reductions in capacity for ticket refunds. Additionally, patrons who will be receiving refunds for The Commission will receive a complimentary ticket to watch the show via SIFA On Demand, which will be available for viewing on SISTIC LIVE from 5 to 12 June 2021.
For the remaining live performances, SIFA is currently in discussions with the relevant authorities. An announcement will be made shortly.
The show must go on — Virtually
To carry on showcasing the works of our artists in the spirit of resilience, audiences are encouraged to continue supporting SIFA digitally throughout the festival period.
Some of the real-time virtual productions that audiences can catch from the comfort of their homes include The Journey; As Far As Isolation Goes; To Gathering: Laying the Table Bare; From Mee To You; and the Impossible Conversation series. During each one of these shows, participants can look forward to having direct interactions with the artists.
All eight Festival Commissions and selected performances from SIFA v2.020, as well as selected films from the Singular Screens line-up will be available on SIFA-On-Demand from 31 May to 12 June 2021 on SISTIC LIVE. More information is available on sifa.sg.
For more information, please contact:
Senior Account Executive
M: +65 8163 4662
Arts House Limited
M: +65 9180 7776
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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.