Re-appointment of NOISE is back to Singapore Biennale: Making Chinese
NAC Chairman discover young talents Behold the traditional arts
Containart Pavilion relevant in modern
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01 Re-appointment of NAC
WANTED: Interns for
international art festivals
he Singapore Arts Festival 2008 has
just ended after a 4-week run, during
which audiences were treated to 25 02 Singapore Biennale
Containart in a Pavilion
main productions and more than 500 free
performances. The overall reach of nearly
600,000 audiences was one of the highest since 03 Unsung Opera Heroes
1980. We are encouraged that many of the programmes, including new
commissions, received critical acclaim and most were well-received by the
Win and get published
media, patrons, visitors and the international artistic community. We thank
all who have supported us in one way or another to make the festival a 04-05 Festival Engaged
success. Audiences with New
Creations, New Partners
For those who are eager to gain ﬁrst-hand experience in managing
international arts festivals, they can now realise their aspirations through
the inaugural 2009 AAPAF Internship Award which has recently been 06 From Near And Far
launched. This annual award, offered by the Association of Asian Performing
Arts Festivals (AAPAF), will help to nurture Asia-based arts students,
Noise Singapore Begins
administrators and practitioners by giving them opportunities to learn the
inner workings of festival management, as well as immerse themselves in
the arts and cultures of festivals overseas. The Singapore Arts Festival is a 07 Engaging juniors in Kids’
key member of AAPAF. Biennale
The National Arts Council (NAC) is a ﬁrm believer of continuous education. Singapore and Korea Forge
Indeed, regular upgrading of skills and knowledge is crucial to artists and arts Closer Cultural Ties
groups. Besides festival management, NAC has started a series of initiatives to
help practitioners of traditional arts in Singapore raise their artistic standards
08 Making traditional arts
and capabilities. Following the workshops and exchanges conducted for the
relevant in a modern world
traditional Malay art forms in the past two months, NAC organised a seminar
on professional arts management for the Chinese arts groups in July 2008. New leadership at Singapore
The inaugural Mandarin seminar, Marketing Traditional Arts in a Modern Chinese Orchestra (SCO)
World, focused on publicity and marketing techniques, sponsorship and
media relations management. With the knowledge acquired, artists and arts
groups can now put their new skills to good use in promoting their art forms 09 Awards Won
and developing their audience base.
All these skills and knowledge upgrading initiatives complement NAC’s
holistic support for artists and arts groups, which includes grants, housing 10 Arts Around You
subsidies and commissioning of new works.
As it is often said, it’s never too soon or too late for learning!
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AC Chairman Edmund Cheng takes to the Council’s helm an innovative media-
again in his appointment for a second 3-year term with based festival to
effect from 1 July 2008. Cheng was ﬁrst appointed to this engage the creativity
position on 1 July 2005. of youth; and District
Under Cheng’s leadership, NAC has taken the arts scene in which engage the
Singapore to a higher plane. The number of arts activities now community with the arts.
exceeds 20,000 yearly or more than 50 activities on any day of
the year. One out of three people in Singapore has attended at On the international scene, NAC now holds leadership positions
least one arts event in the past year, compared to one in ten a in international networks such as International Federation of Arts
decade ago. Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and the Association of
Asian Performing Arts Festivals (AAPAF). In addition, NAC has
Besides the established stable of arts events such as Singapore signed Memoranda of Understanding with key arts agencies
Arts Festival (SAF), Singapore Writers Festival and National such as Arts Victoria, Arts Council England and the Scottish Art
Piano and Violin Competition, NAC introduced several new major Council to facilitate exchanges and inter-agency cooperation in
initiatives under Mr Cheng’s leadership. These include Singapore arts development. SAF became the ﬁrst festival to enter a strategic
Biennale, which has become the most important contemporary alliance with the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival in
visual arts exhibition in Singapore and the region; Noise Singapore, June 2007.
WANTED: Interns for
international art festivals
rts enthusiasts keen to work for member festivals for at least four weeks. who will contribute to fostering long-term
international art festivals can now The Internship Award is AAPAF’s ﬁrst major goodwill and strong working relationships
realise their aspirations, all thanks public initiative to bridge the Asian arts between festival communities in Asia and
to the inaugural 2009 AAPAF Internship professionals and the AAPAF community beyond. We also hope that the experience
Award. in order to deepen and expand knowledge and exposure they gain will support them
of festival management and development in key roles they might play in festival and
Offered by the Association of Asian in Asia. cultural development in their own societies
Performing Arts Festivals (AAPAF), the in the near future. At the same time, host
annual internship awards are aimed The member festivals participating in the festivals will also beneﬁt from the external
at providing Asia-based arts students, 2009 programme include Singapore Arts support and knowledge that these overseas
administrators and practitioners with Festival (SAF), Auckland International interns bring,” says Chairperson of AAPAF
opportunities to learn the inner workings Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Seoul and Director of SAF, Goh Ching Lee.
of festival management, and immerse Performing Arts Festival and OzAsia
themselves in the arts and cultures of Festival (Adelaide). Applications are open to residents in Asia,
festivals overseas. aged 35 years and below and the deadline
“With this initiative, we hope to build an is 31 August 2008. Application forms
Each year, two successful candidates alumnus of AAPAF-supported young arts can be downloaded from www.aapaf.org/
will be attached to participating AAPAF- professionals and ambassadors in Asia award.asp
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Emilia and Maria Is
Daing by Alfredo Ju
Shigeru Ban’s Containart Pavilion, 2008, Singapore
in a Pavilion
desolate snowscape, alien civilizations, interactive ellipses
and even the underwater world will be “created” in the name
of art at Marina Bay for the upcoming Singapore Biennale
2008 (SB2008), organised by the National Arts Council (NAC). NAC Chairman
Hiang and repr g (centre), tog
esentitives fro ether with NA
commencemen m partners NO C CEO Lee Su
t of constructi L, URA, and Cl an
To mark the start of an exciting journey down the theme of on of the Pavil
ub 21 ofﬁciate
WONDER for Singapore’s premier international contemporary
visual arts event, NAC Chairman, Edmund Cheng ofﬁciated at the
groundbreaking ceremony of Shigeru Ban’s Containart Pavilion, Besides, the environmental-friendly pavilion will act as one of the
held at the Central Promontory Site on 26 June 2008. information centres for the exhibition. It revisits Ban’s previous
contribution to Singapore Biennale 2006, where he designed the
The Containart Pavilion, an architectural creation by internationally media centre made from recycled paper tubes.
well-known Japanese artist Ban, will be constructed using 150
twenty-foot long shipping containers, along with 34 ten-metre Outside the Containart Pavilion, artists Alfredo Juan Aquilizan and
recyclable paper tubes. Maria Isabel Aquilizan (Philippines) will create an “underwater
world of ﬁshes” by recycling about 6000 old slippers for their site-
Once completed, this stunning spacious structure will house three speciﬁc installation.
of SB2008’s largest indoor installations – Manas by Ilya and Emilia
Kabakov (Russia), Between You and I by Anthony McCall (UK), Curated by Artistic Director Fumio Nanjo (Japan), Joselina Cruz
and Location (6) by Hans Op de Beeck (Belgium). (Philippines) and Matthew Ngui (Singapore), SB2008 (from
September 11 to November 16) will feature an illustrious list of
In addition, Australian artist Gary Carsley’s works will also be more than 50 artists and art collectives from over 36 countries and
featured in the form of functional tables and chairs within the regions including Singapore.
pavilion that come completely cladded with ﬂora-themed scenery
prints photographed from Singapore’s parks and gardens. For more details, visit www.singaporebiennale.org.
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Unsung Opera Heroes
and in 23 countries and territories. This
September, CTC will also be staging a
Cantonese Opera titled Qiu Jin – The
Unsung Woman Warrior, with the support
of the National Arts Council’s (NAC) Major
Since 1985, CTC has been venturing
abroad to reﬁne their craft and tour their
works. In early July, CTC attended the
International Festival fair in Latvia - an
annual professional event which unites
performers from all over the world who
are interested in the research of theatre
methods of traditional and contemporary
Closer to home, CTC also aims to cultivate
a deeper interest of the Chinese art form
among the young. Through the NAC
Arts Education Programme, CTC is able
to present interactive Chinese Opera
workshops and training programmes in
CTC’s Joanna Wong and Sabrina Chow in Women Warriors of Yang Family schools. This allows students to have
hands-on experience in the art form and in
turn, help them appreciate Chinese Opera
he promotion of traditional art form Chinese Opera in Singapore may be an uphill better. More students have also embarked
battle but Chairman of Chinese Theatre Circle (CTC) Limited, Leslie Wong reckoned on projects concerning Chinese opera and
that he and his team will “soldier on because we are passionate lunatics”. Indeed, CTC has also been getting regular queries
it is this great devotion that drives Wong to keep the interest of Chinese Opera well and about the art form too.
alive in Singapore.
Looks like the unsung opera heroes like
CTC is an ethnic arts group that preserves and promotes the ﬁne art of Chinese Opera. Wong and his team are ﬁnally seeing their
Established in 1981, CTC has staged more than 2,000 performances in Singapore efforts bearing fruits.
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o create the commercial sustainability Borders vouchers, the top entries will also and National Library Board also coming
needed to develop writing as a be published in the second volume of the on board to support the contest. “NAC
career, Renaissance Publishing has Romance series. applauds Renaissance Publishing’s
created an annual contest which promises initiative to discover and nurture our next
winners acceptance into its writers’ group, “Publishing and selling the top entries in generation of writers through this contest.
Renaissance Man, as well as opportunities bookstores also gives our young talents a Such platforms will certainly facilitate the
for commercial writing projects to hone chance to be exposed and build up their development and growth of our literary
their skills, such as its Romance series. portfolios, instead of fading away after the landscape,” says Khor Kok Wah, Director
contest is over,” says Lance Ng, Publisher for Literary Arts and Deputy CEO, NAC.
Into their second edition this year, the of Renaissance.
writing contest is open to applicants, aged The deadline for entry submission is 30
25 and below, who are currently residing National Book Development Council of Aug 2008. For more details, visit www.
in Singapore. Contestants should submit Singapore is collaborating with Renaissance renaissance.sg.
short stories centering on the theme of love Publishing as the contest’s ofﬁcial partner,
and romance. On top of cash prizes and with the National Arts Council (NAC)
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President S R
Dr Lee Boon Ya er with MICA Mi
ng (right) and nister
Clug (left) at the choreographer
Singapore Arts Edward
Festival Gala ev
Lord of the Rings Symphony
La Guardia Fla
New Partners Hydro Sapiens
he 22nd edition of the Singapore Arts Festival closed with
a big bang recently with The Lunatics’ Hydro Sapiens (The
Netherlands) at Bedok Reservoir. The closing celebrations
alone over three days drew a crowd of 18,000. Indeed, four weeks of
world and Asian premieres, new commissions, outdoor spectaculars
and roving performances swept Singapore off her feet, going by the
600,000-strong Festival attendees. The refreshing Festival line-up
of 25 core productions and 580 outreach activities brought mind-
opening sights and sounds to Singapore’s stages and heartlands – a
symphony of crickets, gunshots ﬁred at the Esplanade, dreamscapes
appearing on water bodies, life-size giraffes turning train stations
into safaris, and even a trip to Middle Earth!
Interest in the Festival’s showcase, which featured new names and Dance Theatre’s Ginny Gan ﬁlled the shoes of an injured La La
new commissions, was also strong. Eighteen core performances La Human Steps dancer in Amjad with remarkable ease. The
were sold out and the Festival achieved an overall house of 74.2%. Singapore Festival Orchestra, established in 2007, also shone
The Festival’s quality programme was further attested to by the with its moving performances in three productions The Lord of
critical acclaim it drew. Patrons, seasoned and new, as well as the the Rings Symphony, The Architecture of Silence and Festival
media, artists and festival directors from Singapore and beyond, Fantasia.
had predominantly upbeat reviews of the Festival and its hits like
The Architecture of Silence, Radio and Juliet, London Sinfonietta On the Outreach front, the Festival went to places it had not
and Amjad, and new works like The King Lear Project: A Trilogy gone before. Partnering with PUB and Singapore International
and awaking. Over 50 positive reviews were published in major Water Week, the Water Wonders series saw the Festival open
dailies alone. at Boat Quay and close at Bedok Reservoir for the ﬁrst time.
Another partnership with the National Environment Agency
Particularly prominent this year were Singapore artists and works allowed Arts Where We Eat to bring merriness and mayhem to
coming under the spotlight. Works by composers Ho Chee Kong some of the island’s most popular hawker centres. Arts on the
and Tan Chan Boon were performed by the London Sinfonietta Move also saw a couple of shows take place at various MRT
and Singapore Festival Orchestra respectively. The developmental stations and one even on board a moving train!
platforms Full Frontal and Forward Moves both garnered strong
houses and reception to the creations by theatre director Zizi Through the multitude of exciting developments, another
Azah, and choreographers Neo Hong Chin, Ebelle Chong and Festival makes its mark engaging the minds of the willing and
Joavien Ng. Stepping in just days before the show, Singapore touching the hearts of many.
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Why they enjoyed the Festival....
I had enough faith in the artistic judgment of your team
to go out and buy tickets for some of the performances.... ......our experience with your organization,
Each time I was open-minded enough to try out something its venue, and its audiences was a privileged
that was previously unfamiliar to me, I discovered true one...... the Singapore audiences were warm,
gems which truly broadened my artistic horizons...The
supportive but also informed, with a point
most heartening experience for me was seeing huge
families from the heartlands coming out in full force to
of view, and clearly at ease with the complex
aesthetics proposed by Amjad. It was a pleasure
check out the closing act, and to hear these heartlanders
discuss very enthusiastically their interpretation of the performing for them.
arts performance. That just demonstrated to me how
successful the Festival had been, above and beyond – Edouard Lock,
what any statistic could have shown.
Choreographer, La La La Human Steps
- Zhang Weijie Art has to take risks. By
pushing boundaries (physical,
Courage and trust are essential elements in order to set new standards in culture. social, cultural), art gives new
Slovenia is so far and so close [at] the same time, to Singapore’s point of view sights and engages people
in culture....But little miracles happen, and one of them is certainly our presence in a dialogue, we are made
in the [22nd] edition of the Singapore Arts Festival. The miracle is even bigger richer from this experience
considering the scale of our production of Architecture of Silence, 156 artists....I and it makes us to be really
was overwhelmed [by] the reactions of the people [who] felt, thought and share their human...This year’s Singapore
emotions in an unspoken language which requires no translation. Arts Festival in cooperation
with the various organizations
” ” – Edward Clug, Choreographer,
The Architecture of Silence and Radio and Juliet
is very successful to me,
and I think that it is a seed
that should be nurtured and
Singapore’s emergence from
carried on to grow. I would like
being a Chinese Switzerland to thank you and encourage
In the city where dance, theatre, and music
to a regional hot spot for all institutions and responsible
programs – both locals and imports – ﬁll up
cutting-edge contemporary the cultural calendar year-round, SAF still people to continue this great
art is perhaps best reﬂected stands dominant from the crowd, offering initiative.
in the month-long annual local audiences and visitors what they cannot
Singapore Arts Festival. witness the rest of the year. - Herbert Dreiseitl,
Atelier Dreseitl Asia
” - Panorama,
The Canberra Times (Australia)
” – The Nation (Thailand)
I applaud NAC for its courage. The entire Festival was a work of
art in itself. It was daring and it provoked. Art does that to people.
Personally, I would be far more upset and concerned The Festival itself was an art ensemble...I hope that NAC would
if the Singapore Arts Festival stuck to the same old again challenge our perceptive frontiers, force us to go where we
and safe formula, which it is well qualiﬁed to do have not been so we again are provoked and angry to be faced
after so many years of success, or brought in mainly with the unfamiliar, the new and the creative. Well done, NAC,
big names and blockbusters rather than more and thank you for leading the way.
experimental and less-known performances. While
I agree that engaging audiences is an essential - Norma Sit Meng Lye,
consideration for organisers and performers, I feel it
is time that Singapore audiences become less kiasu
” Founder-Red Art Art Jam and Kinderart Singapore!
and intolerant to new experiences in the arts. If we A winsome and ambitious work that was contemporary
don’t go to performances with an open mind and a
and accessible, The Architecture of Silence was a
sense of adventure or encourage the arts community
to take risks, we will end up with a very boring and
refreshing and delightful piece...
fossilised society. It’s far better to be cutting edge
and not get upset by a bit of blood. An exquisite masterpiece, Amjad furthers the dialogue
between modern ballet and its classical roots in a
- Dr Geh Min, ferocious, majestic display.
in a letter published in The Straits Times Life!
- The Straits Times
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he Singapore Arts Festival 2008 (SAF) not only saw
active participation from international performers but also
attracted an entourage of overseas guests. Some 30 foreign
media experienced this year’s Festival as part of NAC’s ongoing
efforts to cultivate strong relations with major international
media. Hailing from as far as the United Kingdom, Germany and
Canada and as near as Malaysia and Thailand, the foreign media
Temple by Cake Th
had positive comments for the performances they caught such eatre
as awaking, Continuum and The King Lear Project, and were
captivated by developments in Singapore and its arts scene, Festival” and brought home with them a deeper understanding of
during their stay here. the vibrant arts scene in Singapore.
Other international visitors included the Chairman of Arts Council Collaborations with International Festivals
Korea (ARKO), Kim Jung Heun, and the Director of Grants
Programme Consulting Centre, Lee Sung Kyum, who were in Coming on the heels of the 2007 strategic alliance signed between
Singapore for discussions in preparation for the signing of the SAF and Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), Jonathan Mills,
NAC-ARKO Memorandum of Understanding. As part of their Director of the EIF, announced more upcoming joint projects and
experience of the Singapore arts scene, they attended the Festival appointed Ong Keng Sen as the Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence
performances, Edward Clug’s The Architecture of Silence and at EIF next year. Says Mills, “I do not believe that festivals are
Lies Pauwels’ For all the wrong reasons. Lee commented that they about reinforcement of the status quo. I believe festivals are about
“deeply enjoyed the excellent performances at the Singapore Arts introducing new ideas and fresh air into any society.”
Another signiﬁcant partnership is with the Napoli Teatro Festival
Italia, which co-commissioned Cake Theatre’s Temple. This
production was showcased in Naples after its debut at the Singapore
Arts Festival. The two festivals also formalised a strategic alliance
in June 2008. The third co-commission, Ho Tzu Nyen/Fran
Borgia’s The King Lear Project: A Trilogy, premiered to rave reviews
at kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels before it was performed
in Singapore. These international festivals share similar visions
with the Singapore Arts Festival in seeking to present emerging
artists and companies, whilst promoting greater synergies, sharing
and innovation in the European-Asian artistic exchange. These
partnerships also reﬂect the appeal of the Festival as a credible
and progressive partner in the festival circuit.
la at the Esplana
Arts Festival Ga
s at the Singapore
oise Singapore – a unique and National Arts Council (NAC), the annual
creative festival for young people media-based festival allows young blood
by young people – is back and to showcase their original works through
wants to hear from young talents out there. the use of technology and across various
From 16 August 2008, call for submissions media platforms such as the internet, radio,
for open categories and applications for television, newsprint, and magazines.
The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) are
open for youths aged 35 and below. Inaugurated in 2005, Noise has been
getting overwhelming responses from
For the uninitiated, drop by Suntec City emerging youth talents here and it aims to
Mall Galleria Square on 16 and 17 August continue to unearth more talents and create
to ﬁnd out more about the festival and enjoy opportunities for aspiring talents to learn
the exciting line-up of live performances, from industry professionals and partners.
street art and photography.
For more details, visit www.noisesingapore.
A youth outreach event organised by the com.
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Engaging juniors in
hen it comes to creativity, the young ones are on par with Themed Alice in
the adults, it seemed. A peek into Little Art Bug Workshop’s Wonderland, the magical
programme, started since January, presented a classroom journey of art lessons
full Piccaso juniors working on wall murals, large-scale paintings begins at the workshop
and individual drawings – some of which will be displayed at the as children grasp
Kids’ Biennale exhibition come September 2008. fundamental skills and
technical concepts of
Kids’ Biennale is an education and outreach programme of the drawing and colouring.
upcoming Singapore Biennale 2008, designed to inspire, instill The students learn to think and work
and engage the creative minds of Singapore’s young talent. like artists as they gain insights into the motivations and
ideas behind the artists’ creations in the contemporary art world.
Besides, students even get to etch their sketches onto walls to
embark on their very own large-scale installations too. To date,
this programme has attracted the participation of 35 schools
and over 8,300 school children.
Indeed, there is no better way to feel like an artist with one’s own
artwork showcased among 500 other stunning pieces chosen
for the ofﬁcial Kids’ Biennale exhibition. Participating schools
can also opt to be satellite exhibition venues for the Biennale to
bring together original creations by their students and inspire
the neighbourhood with their own interpretations of Wonder.
For more details, visit www.singaporebiennale.org/kidsbiennale.
Students of Fairﬁeld Methodist Primary holding their completed dolls
Singapore and Korea
Forge Closer Cultural Ties
t’s a new chapter in artistic alliance between Singapore and
South Korea with the signing of Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) between the National Arts Council (NAC) and the Arts
Council Korea (ARKO) on 3 July 2008 in Seoul, South Korea.
The Council-to-Council Memorandum which aims to encourage
artistic development, collaboration and exchange, was signed
by Chief Executive Ofﬁcer of NAC, Lee Suan Hiang and Chief
Executive Ofﬁcer and Chairman of ARKO, Kim Jung Heun.
The MOU strives to facilitate opportunities for artists to present
their work and identify ways to enhance the strategic value of
cultural exchange projects between Singapore and South Korea by
promoting such projects in complementary platforms. In addition,
both parties will encourage the provision of exchange in all arts
forms, as well as the development of joint programmes.
Says Koh Pek Hoon, Deputy Director of Corporate Communications
and International Relations, NAC, “Forging alliances with
(from left) Director of Cultural Exchange Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Kim
international partners from countries with a vibrant and progressive Deuk Hwan; Chairman of ARKO Mr Kim Hung Heun; NAC CEO Mr Lee Suan Hiang;
arts and cultural scene is part of NAC’s efforts to connect Singapore Deputy Chief of Mission, Singapore Embassy in Seoul, Mr Thaddaus Hoo
arts and artists with the global arts community.”
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Making traditional Good attendance at
arts relevant in a
o make traditional arts relevant in a rapidly-changing
modern world, regular upgrading of skill sets and knowledge
is crucial to artists and artist groups.
To this end, NAC will provide holistic support through the provision
of adequate training to arts groups by organising a series of
workshops for a year from July for traditional Chinese arts groups,
in ﬁelds such as marketing and sponsorship, production practices,
new media and intellectual property.
Arts practitioners from traditional Chinese arts groups can look
forward to upgrading their workforce skills through the ﬁrst active panel discussions. It will also serve as a good opportunity
seminar, Marketing Traditional Arts in a Modern World – A Seminar for traditional Chinese arts groups to share with one another about
in Mandarin, on 26 July 2008. the current marketing issues and problems that they face.
This inaugural seminar conducted in Mandarin, will focus on The aim of these initiatives is to impart expert knowledge to
publicity and marketing techniques, soliciting sponsorships and traditional Chinese arts groups and provide them with appropriate
managing media relations. Industry professionals and veteran arts tools to be efﬁcient in their respective roles within their organisations.
practitioners will be invited to share their experiences and offer With such know-how, these arts groups can then better promote
practical tips to the participants through interactive lectures and their art forms and develop their desired audience bases.
New leadership at
Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO)
s the newly-appointed General affairs, education management, resource
Manager, Terence Ho has taken over services, orchestra affairs and concert
from Executive Director of Singapore production.
Chinese Orchestra (SCO), Ken Chang, to
be the new head for the arts group. Chang Apart from Ho, SCO Assistant Conductor,
has gone into early retirement and is Quek Ling Kiong, was also promoted to
currently pursuing his Doctorate Studies. Associate Conductor, with effect from 1
A part of the SCO management team
since 1998, Ho has served as Manager Ho says, “It was a unique and rewarding
(Marketing), Senior Manager (Marketing experience for me working with the SCO for
& Sponsorship) and Deputy General the past ten years. I must say that SCO has
Manager. made signiﬁcant advancements in the past
decade and has, in many ways, exceeded
He will now assume direct operational its own targets and expectations. I believe
responsibilities for functions including that we must stride forward in whatever
marketing and sponsorship, venue we do, in line with the pace of the society
Terrence Ho management, ﬁnance, administration and reﬂecting the lives of its people. I am
and procurement, as well as work with conﬁdent that with the dedicated team
Music Director, Mr Tsung Yeh, on artistic of staff at SCO, we can strive further and
administration matters such as artistic bring SCO to a greater height.”
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■ Rafﬂes Chorale won the 1st prize with Gold Award at the Felix ■ Recipient of the
Nowowiejski Choir Music Festival Barczewo held from 29-30 June 2006 National Arts
2008 in Poland. The choir also clinched the Best Contemporary Council’s Gifted Young
Work Prize, Best Nowowiejski’s Work Prize by Foreign Choirs and Musician Bursary
the Best Foreign Choir Prize. award, Deanne Lye,
15, won the 3rd prize
■ The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) won the in the European Piano
prestigious ULI Awards for Excellence 2008 (Asia Paciﬁc) for Teachers Association (UK)
the transformation of the Bras Bash.Bugis area into Singapore’s Composers Competition for her age group.
Arts, Culture Learning and Entertainment District. The 95-ha
district is home to a synergistic cluster of facilities - three national ■ At the 36th Festival of Songs Olomouc, Czech Republic on
museums, seven arts housing facilities, three arts schools, 105 7 June 2008, Rafﬂes Chorale, made up of Rafﬂes Junior College
private commercial schools, a city university, student hostels and students, bagged four gold awards while the Meridian Junior
a new National Library. College choir garnered two.
■ Artist Ming Wong held an exhibition, Vertraut oder Verdaut
at ZKM Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe, from 26 June to 20
July 2008 in conjunction with the exhibition Vertrautes Terrain -
Contemporary Art in/about Germany, along with 70 German and
international artists. Prior to this, his re-working of Rainer Werner
Fassbinder’s ﬁlm Angst Essen Seele Auf (Ali: Fear Eats the
Soul) was showcased at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin from
early June 2008. Titled Angst Essen / Eat Fear, Ming explored
theatrical manifestations of language and identity by playing
and reciting up to ﬁve characters. Ming is currently on a one-
year Kunstlerhaus Bethanien’s International Studio Programme
which is supported by the National Arts Council (NAC).
■ Renowned Singapore violinist Foo Say Ming led the Hwa Chong
Institute String Ensemble (HCSE) in a concert tour in Bangkok The Heartbeat Percussion
on 2 June 2008 and Chiang Mai on 3 June 2008. HCSE’s 37
youth members collaborated with 10 young musicians from the participate in the Asian Youth Orchestra from 12 to 31 July 2008.
Harrow International School Bangkok, Thai Youth Orchestra (TYO) A rehearsal camp was arranged in Hong Kong, followed by a
and Bangkok Symphony Music School (BSS) for the show. The concert tour to China, Japan and Taiwan.
programme included two master pieces of romantic composers
including Tchaikovsky’s ■ Grace Lee, a NAC-Shell scholar in 2002, was invited to perform
Serenade, Grieg’s a 40-minute recital at the International Holland Music Festival in
Seow Yibin Holberg as well as Thai the Netherlands from 27 July to 3 August 2008. She will also
traditional music Kab attend master classes at the Festival.
Mai, specially arranged
for the orchestra by ■ The Heartbeat Percussion performed at three prestigious
German renowned festivals in Ireland, namely the Big Bang Festival of Rhythm, Feile
conductor Hans Iorras - The International Folk Arts Festival and Sligo Percussion
Gunther Mommer. & Dance Festival from 24 to 28 July 2008.
■ After rounds ■ As National Director of World Championship of Performing
of competitive Arts (WCOPA) Singapore, Kuo Po will be on the panel of judges
auditions, three to select hopefuls to represent Singapore and to lead the team
Singaporeans, to the US for the competition. Modelled after the Olympics,
Gabriel Lee, Seow WCOPA is touted as the only global event for aspiring performers
Yibin and Tan and entertainers. The competition which will run from 19 to 27
Yao Cong have July, will conclude with a televised awards show. Performance
been selected to categories include acting, singing, modelling and dancing.
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Arts Around You
■ NAC-ExxonMobil Concert in the Park ■ Singapore General Hospital
WORLD OF VOICES Arts for Health – in partnership with NAC
24 August, 4pm to 6.30pm 25 July – 12 Dec
Singapore Botanic Gardens
It’s a lively arts calendar for patients and
Come dressed in a stunning red-and-white outﬁt to celebrate National Day in the Park visitors at SGH. They can view the artworks of
and you will be treated to goodie bags, souvenirs and prizes. Held amidst the lush patients and local artists at visual arts space
greenery of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Anderson Junior College choir, a cappella ArtsExpressions (Block 2 Level 1). On top of
sextet VoCollision, renowned local beatboxer Zul Mystroe and our very ﬁrst Singapore performances such as ArtsConcert, Puppets
Idol – Tauﬁk Batisah will come together for an afternoon of melodious singing for Alive2!, Asian Pop Nite, there will also be an
this much-anticipated concert. Other activities include a bean craft workshop, face interesting exhibition, Size Free, exploring the
painting, balloon sculpting, beatbox workshop, and a photography competition. theme of body image through paintings and T-
shirts designed by patients with eating disorders
For more details, visit www.nac.gov.sg, concertinthepark.blogspot.com or call (65) during art therapy sessions.
6288 8478 (concert hotline).
More information at www.sgh.com.sg or call
■ South-West District Arts Festival 2008 – a NAC-PA MOU initiative (65) 6326 5158
28 June - 27 July
The inaugural South-West CDC - The Singapore Colours Photographic Society
ART-tastic Photography Competition is on the search for images of friendship from
the public – snap away with your cameras and mobile phones! Weekend creative
workshops and performances by local and international groups will also liven up the
heartlands and shopping malls for the month.
For more details, visit www.southwestcdc.org.sg or call (65) 6551 9299.
Arts Beat is a fortnightly guide to the arts with a comprehensive listing of free and ticketed events in Singapore.
To list an arts event/activity in Arts Beat, please email email@example.com or fax +65 6291 2068 (Attention: Arts Beat)
at least 5 weeks ahead of the event. Please include a short event write-up (about 100 words), event title, date, time, venue,
price, ticketing details, contact numbers, photographs, and press releases (if any). You may email high resolution digital
photos or send non-returnable photographs by post to Arts Beat, Song Lin Building #06-01, No. 1 Syed Alwi Road,
National Arts Council 140 Hill Street, #03-01 MICA Building, Singapore 179369 Tel: (65) 6746 4622 Fax: (65) 6837 3017 www.nac.gov.sg