SIFA v2.020 reflects on the year, and ushers in the new with a string of live performances this festive season
- Previously announced livestreams will now be presented as live concerts and intimate performances, following the ease of COVID-19 restrictions in Singapore.
- Lineup include three nights of double-bill jazz concerts, the world premiere of Singaporean blogger mrbrown and sound sessions with electronic artists Zul and Planeswalker.
- Safe management measures as well as checkerboard seating will be in place at all performance spaces to ensure the safety of artists and audiences.
Singapore, 9 November 2020 —The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) welcomes audiences back to the theatres with a host of musical experiences and live concerts in December 2020, following the resumption of indoor live performances in Singapore. The line-up, will feature some of Singapore’s leading artists and musicians, and will include jazz performances, a never seen before live parody by mrbrown and an audio experience by a world-renowned sound and electronic artist. The programming was designed to engage audiences and to celebrate the resilience and creativity of artists through the reimaged SIFA v2.020.
Festival Director Gaurav Kripalani shares, “I am elated to be opening the doors to our patrons again. Nothing beats being in a performance venue and soaking in the atmosphere of a live communal experience.”
Audiences can look forward to the following live shows during the festive season:
- Jazz at Play: 7 Songs at Christmas
Held at Victoria Theatre from 17 to 19 December 2020, the three nights of double bill concerts will feature a myriad of local jazz bands, musicians and vocalists, including, Wei 5 featuring Alemay Fernandez, Aaron James Lee featuring Richard Jackson, Rani Singam, Rit Xu Group, The Steve McQueens and Regi Leo. Each evening will see two 45-minute sets of seven songs, including a Christmas tune, a favourite jazz classic, an original composition, two songs that represent 2020 and 2021, and two audience dedications.
- the mbrown show LIVE!
For the first time ever, mrbrown takes his popular internet show onto a live theatre stage, as part of the international debut of mrbrown Show LIVE! The performance will feature a reimagined experience of his popular podcast and will include new material from his soon to be launched music album. The live show which will be held at KC Arts Centre on Christmas and Boxing Day, will also see a special appearance by acclaimed poet, Marc Nair, and fellow blogger Mr. Miyagi.
- Sound Social Series
Get up close with sound and electronic artists, Planeswalker and Zul Mahmod in two intimate sessions of Sound Social at the Goodman Arts Centre Black Box this December. Experience the creation of soundscapes, through technical wizardry, unconventional performing techniques, and organic instrument building, as the artists takes you on an audio journey. In addition to the live performances, sessions by Planeswalker and Zul Mahmod will also be livestreamed on SISTIC live, alongside weish of .gif, who will present a sound session, which will be available as video-on-demand.
Safe management measures will be observed across all three performance spaces. These include enhanced cleaning of the theatre, regular wipe downs of high touch areas between performances, compulsory check in to SafeEntry through either scanning the QR code using the TraceTogether App on, or by presenting TraceTogether Token to be scanned, temperature screening, observing a three-metre distance between performers and audience, one-metre spacing between audience members, and no intermission. The Festival will also ensure all audience members are seated two seats apart in all the venues.
Accessible through the SIFA All-Access online platform, SIFA v2.020 is presented by Arts House Limited and is part of the #SGCultureAnywhere campaign. More information can be found in the annexes below. Subscribe to the SIFA newsletter and visit sifa.sg for the latest updates on SIFA v2.020.
For more information, please contact:
Arts House Limited
T: +65 6435 0240
M: +65 9274 7553
Arts House Limited
T: +65 6435 0176
M: +65 9180 7776
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About SIFA v2.020
Accessible through the SIFA All-Access online platform, SIFA v2.020 features a series of curated virtual events including talks, workshops, performances and more from 25 May 2020 till December 2020. In addition to inspiring and entertaining audiences, the online iteration of Singapore’s pinnacle arts festival is also designed to create a space for artists to share their views on creating art in the new normal, for professional development, and as a platform to showcase work created for the digital sphere to engage audiences from here and abroad. SIFA v2.020 is presented by Arts House Limited as part of the #SGCultureAnywhere campaign.
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 (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 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 (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.