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Festival Director Gaurav Kripalani continues to helm Singapore International Festival of Arts 2021


Singapore, 18 May 2020 - Following the announcement of a hiatus for Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2020, Arts House Limited (AHL) together with festival commissioner National Arts Council (NAC) have requested Gaurav Kripalani to stay on in his current capacity as Festival Director for one more year. This would give him the opportunity to complete the three-year arc he envisioned, ending his tenure with SIFA in 2021.  

Said Kripalani, “The response to the 2020 line-up was overwhelmingly positive. It was heartbreaking for us to make the necessary decision not to go ahead. I would like to thank AHL and NAC for the chance to move as many of the shows as possible from this year to next year, especially the four Singapore commissions. 

Art reflects our collective conscious. It is a mirror we hold up to look back on the year we would have all lived through in 2020 as well as look at the new future ahead for society. As our national festival, I want SIFA 2021 to not only ask those questions, but also to be an opportunity for us all to come together in a communal bonding to celebrate life.”  

SIFA 2021 will provide the opportunity for the four previously announced local commissions to present their world premieres – Three Sisters by Nine Years Theatre, OIWA - The Ghost of Yotsuya by The Finger Players, The Year of No Return by The Necessary Stage and A Dream Under the Southern Bough: Existence by Toy Factory Productions.

Festival Director Designate Natalie Hennedige has agreed to helm the Festival from 2022 to 2024. 

Said AHL CEO Sarah Martin, “In this day and age, it is important to be able to adapt to changing situations, and SIFA continues to embody the spirit of adaptability and evolution. In the last two editions, Kripalani has brought SIFA from strength to strength and we believe this legacy will continue to see Asia’s pinnacle arts festival reach new heights in 2021. In the meantime, AHL looks forward to journeying alongside Natalie – the team and I are excited to witness her future success and how she will continue to cement SIFA’s identity as a global arts festival.” 

Over the next few months, Kripalani and the SIFA team will be presenting a series of digital programmes to bring the communities together. More information will be announced later in May 2020. SIFA continues its festival mission to champion the creation and presentation of Singaporean and international works, fostering collaborations between artists and encouraging dialogue between artists and festival-goers, to create unique, memorable experiences for all.




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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. Under the helm of Festival Director Gaurav Kripalani, SIFA continues its festival mission to champion the creation and presentation of Singaporean and international works.


About Arts House Limited

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 Dec 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 Mar 2014.


About National Arts Council

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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