SAF 2005 - More Festival Tickets Snapped Up
Singapore Arts Festival 2005
~The Season of Brilliance~
26 May – 26 June
More Festival Tickets Snapped Up
Following a month of spectacular performances by artists from around the world, the Singapore Arts Festival 2005 has come to a successful close. The total number of tickets taken up in the core programmes was 39,243, an increase of 5.8% from 2004. The core programmes enjoyed an overall house of 74.4%. The extensive and interactive Outreach events continued to engage the wider community and attracted a strong crowd of 562,116 people. In total, this year’s Festival reached out to 601,359 audiences in its celebration of the best in the arts.
Festival deepens arts appreciation
The increase in tickets issued and robust attendance affirms the status of the Festival as a bold, progressive international arts event that presents something for everyone. With its strategic programming of cutting-edge and original works, popular classics to large-scale interactive outdoor events, the Festival helps deepen appreciation of the performing arts and promote greater participation in the arts from the community.
Singapore arts companies continued to put up strong showing of original works that were well-attended and positively-received by critics and audiences. Teater Ekamatra’s multi-lingual production Impenjarament performed to full houses for all its four shows. All the Festival’s local productions, including Toy Factory Ensemble’s Spirits, Arts Fission Dance Company and Korea’s Dance Theatre CcadoO’s 12 SMS Across the Mountains, Singapore Dance Theatre and Marie-Claude Pietragalla’s Stravinsky Dances, Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s concert with pianist Stephen Hough and Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s Zheng He – Admiral of the Seven Seas, enjoyed successful runs, achieving an overall average of 78.3% house. Not only have local arts companies developed a strong following, audiences in Singapore are increasingly gaining interest and appreciation of new local commissions.
The Festival featured unconventional content and themes in its core programmes, including Heavenly Bento by post theater new york | berlin, Sulayman Al-Bassam Theatre Company’s Arabic theatre production The Al-Hamlet Summit, Teater Ekamatra’s look into prison culture Impenjarament, and world premiere Puur by Ultima Vez. The Festival gala show featured a contemporary Chinese production, Amber, by the National Theatre Company of China.
The Festival also brought the arts out to the masses through its Outreach programme that featured many more big-scale events with high level of audience participation. Thousands of people turned up and actively took part in events such as Asian Showcase, Rock On Singapore, Sing-along Night of a Thousand Voices and Drumming Explosion. The Closing Celebrations performance by The Stroj attracted 28,000 people and rounded up the enthusiastic response and participation of Singaporeans in the arts.
Festival boosts international connectivity
The Singapore Arts Festival is increasingly playing a major role in promoting international collaborations, generating multi-lateral relations and networking opportunities with other global arts organisations. It not only brings to Singapore the latest developments and new works on the international scene, but also offers a platform for artists and arts companies around the world to present new works and showcase their talents. Belgium group Ultima Vez enjoyed a two-week residency in Singapore at the Victoria Theatre to work on its world premiere Puur. Multi-national cast and production teams had the opportunities to collaborate with the Singapore artistic community in several productions.
Important arts conferences are being held during the Festival. Other than the Asian Art Mart, the Festival also hosted two important arts conferences: the inaugural General Meeting of the Asian Association of Performing Arts Festivals (AAPAF); and a two-day forum Critically Speaking: Asia & Europe Contemporary Performing Arts Colloquim, jointly organised by AAPAF, the Informal European Theatre Meeting and SEAMEO-SPAFA (Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts). The colloquim attracted 137 delegates, comprising arts practitioners, academics, festival directors and policy-makers, from 99 organisations in 32 countries.
The National Arts Council wishes to thank all artists, sponsors, partners and the media for their strong support in this premier celebration of the best in the arts.
Annex - Details of sold out shows.