Singapore, 19 May 2021 — In line with the heightened measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) will be implementing additional safe management measures to the festival’s upcoming line-up.
Reduced Capacity and Introduction of Pre-Event Testing (PET) for Live Performances
SIFA will be implementing PET for the following programmes, as well as capping capacity at 100 audience members per performance for the following productions:
- Three Sisters
- The Year of No Return
- OIWA - The Ghost of Yotsuya
- A Dream Under the Southern Bough: Existence
In accordance with MOH guidelines, patrons who have already purchased tickets for these programmes will need to undergo an on-site PET. The test is quick and painless and results will be known within half an hour. PET costs will be absorbed by SIFA. Patrons who have completed their vaccination regimes against COVID-19 at least 14 days before the date of the performance are exempt from PET. More information on PET can be found on sifa.sg. These four programmes will also be available for digital viewing on SIFA On Demand from 5 to 12 June 2021.
Further Adjustments to Festival Programmes
The following programmes will be adjusted accordingly:
- Regrettably, The Rhythm of Us has to be cancelled and full refunds will be issued. Discussions with artists are ongoing for a VOD option, and an announcement will be made shortly.
- The audience capacity of The Consoler, Ghosts of Yesteryear and Alone Together will be reduced to 50. Refunds will be made to patrons who are affected by this reduction.
- Healing Rhapsody will no longer be performed live, but will be presented online on SIFA On Demand.
- Musical Swings and play+GROUND series are postponed until further notice.
More shows available online
SIFA will be presenting the following programmes online via SIFA On Demand:
- Be Comforted Now: Bach Cantatas
- Before Life and After
- Echoes of Fire and Water
- Healing Rhapsody
- Ghosts of Yesteryear
These programmes will be available to audiences worldwide from 5 to 12 June 2021, alongside all eight Festival commissions and selected performances from SIFA v2.020. More information is available at sifa.sg.
neveleven will also be available free for viewing on SIFA All-Access from 5 June 2021.
Note to SIFA patrons
SIFA’s ticketing agent, SISTIC, will be in touch with patrons who are affected by these cancellations and reductions in capacity for ticket refunds.
Please refer to the table below for a summary on the SIFA programmes coming up:
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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.