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Students can purchase $10 front-row seats for many exhibits at this 12 months’s Singapore International Festival of Arts (Sifa), which runs sooner than regular from April 26 to May 12.

The earlier timing goals to construct extra buzz across the annual arts pageant, which was normally held in August and September and competed for consideration with National Day and the Singapore Grand Prix.

The $10 seats are to encourage extra younger viewers to attend main worldwide productions equivalent to acclaimed faucet dancer Michelle Dorrance’s showcase The Blues Project, a blues-themed sci-fi opera primarily based on Octavia E. Butler’s acclaimed 1993 novel Parable Of The Sower.

Festival director Gaurav Kripalani advised The Straits Times that these low cost and good seats could be an indicator of his three-year time period on the helm. “Growing up, the arts festival was my exposure to arts and the world. Watching the Ninagawa Macbeth 26 years ago shaped my appreciation of theatre. Price should not be a bar to accessibility.”

The solely ticketed occasions with out the $10 seats for college kids are masterclasses with artists equivalent to Dorrance and exhibits priced at $35 or beneath. Tickets to worldwide and native productions in Sifa 2018 prime out at $80. Prices ranged between $10 and $110 final 12 months, although tickets for main productions equivalent to a concert by the Kronos Quartet began at $35 for adults and $28 for college kids.

The pageant opens with a stage adaptation of 1984, George Orwell’s dystopian novel about state management; a poetry recital and speak by Indian poet Javed Akhtar and Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi; and concert events by jazz musician Jacob Collier, whose viral YouTube preparations of traditional tunes received two Grammy Awards final 12 months.

Numerous free occasions have additionally been programmed in and round The Arts House – renamed Festival House for Sifa. These embrace a tightrope act and jazz concert events on the garden to greet viewers heading to or getting back from exhibits on the Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay or Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall.

The Festival House will turn into “a place for people to communicate” earlier than and after exhibits, mentioned Ms Sarah Martin, chief govt of The Arts House. Sifa is organised by The Arts House and funded by the National Arts Council.


Growing up, the humanities pageant was my publicity to arts and the world. Watching the Ninagawa Macbeth 26 years in the past formed my appreciation of theatre. Price shouldn’t be a bar to accessibility.


Events on the Festival House are supposed to complement the primary performances, a lot because the previous 4 years of Sifa had a pre-festival season of talks and occasions referred to as the O.P.E.N. “The team has built on that because it was very strong,” she says. For instance, there can be a guide membership dialogue of Orwell’s novel on April 26, to prep ticket-holders watching the play, which is on from April 27 to 29.

Sifa closes with a free jazz concert by The Duke Ellington Orchestra within the Singapore Botanic Gardens and ticketed stagings of Enemy Of The People, the Schaubuhne Berlin troupe’s adaptation of a 19th century play by Henrik Ibsen.

The pageant additionally consists of site-specific performances and artwork installations on the National Gallery Singapore and The Arts House, created by native artists in response to an open name final 12 months.

Kripalani says the combination of native and worldwide is essential to his programming. “Sifa takes place on an international stage. It’s a platform for Singaporean and international artists to represent their work to each other.”

• Tickets can be found by way of Sistic (name 6348-5555 or go to Visit for extra info.


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