Singapore has in recent years become a hub for the creative arts with a great flourishing of theatres, art galleries and even educational establishments promoting the arts as a career. We strongly believe in supporting the arts through not only regular monthly Art tours & quarterly film tours, but also by organising special events such as evenings at the theatre or movies.
Art & Design
A proliferation of visual arts has appeared in the last few years, with everything from vibrant street art to our prestigious National Gallery playing a role. Singaporean designers are also making their mark on the international stage.
The post WW2 years, especially the 1950s, saw Singapore's "golden age of cinema" dominated by 2 movie companies, Shaw & Cathay. Although both these names survive in their movie theatres, only the delightfully nostalgic Shaw studios still exist. In recent years, the movie industry here has enjoyed something of a revival with many young Singaporean directors coming to the fore, helped by the many film festivals we now enjoy.
Live theatre has always been popular here with several of our colonial forefathers treading the boards & our oldest theatre company (the Stage Club) celebrating its 75th anniversary. But the theatre scene in Singapore has grown exponentially in the last few years with companies such as SRT, Wild Rice, Pangdemonium & the Necessary Stage adding to the many plays & musicals on offer. And our national perfoming arts centre, the Esplanade, with its many facilities, both large & small, opening in 2002.
Writing & Literature
Recent years have seen an increase in the number of published Singaporean authors, helped by their being showcased in our annual November Writers’ Festival, which has been running since 1986, and the launch of literary awards in 2000 by our very active Book Council.
Dance & Music
The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (with it lovely home in the Victoria Concert Hall), the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and many others provide a wide array of classical music concerts. In addition to which we have a burgeoning live music scene encompassing jazz, rock & pop festivals and concerts.
As for Dance, the options available are huge – from the Singapore Dance Theatre with its beautiful ballet performances (inc the annual Ballet under the Stars) to modern dance of all genres – hiphop, jazz & tap, samba & tango; we even have flamenco schools!