Singapore Arts Festival 2006 - Over Half a Million Festival Attendances


Singapore Arts Festival 2006
~ One Season. Many Faces ~


1 – 25 June 06
Over Half a Million Festival Attendances

Following three weeks of high quality programmes, the Singapore Arts Festival 2006 came to a successful close, reaching a total of 522,685 audiences through its Core and Outreach Programmes. Strong attendance prevailed at the Core productions, which recorded an overall house of 80.3%, up from 74.4% in 2005. Out of the 58 performances presented in the Core Programme, 40% attained full houses, as compared to 33% in 2005.


Said Ms Goh Ching Lee, Director for Singapore Arts Festival and Senior Director for Performing Arts, National Arts Council (NAC), “We are heartened that this national celebration of the arts has been able to engage the Singapore public. Through the process of being touched, moved, and entertained by high quality performances from Singaporeand all over the world, Singaporeans can be more connected as a community within itself and to the rest of the world. The turnout reflects Singapore audiences’ continuing support for and appreciation of new local commissions, as well as the Festival’s spirit of innovation."


Quality Line-up Draws Audiences

Within a tight-paced schedule of over three weeks, the Festival presented an exhilarating line-up which included new creations and signature works by the finest artists from around the world. The Core productions, featuring six world premieres, six Asian premieres and three co-commissions, were positively received by audiences and critics alike. Singaporeproductions attracted an unprecedented average house of 86.1%.  All local Core productions enjoyed successful runs and had at least one sold-out show, another first in the history of the Festival.  A total of ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­27,708 tickets were taken up in the core productions. 


The Festival continued to promote deeper appreciation for works which bridged the borders of various disciplines and cultures. Such interdisciplinary, intercultural and even intercontinental works included the ground-breaking Festival co-commission Play on Earthwhich featured homegrown theatre company TheatreWorks. Audiences showed firm support for the Festival’s adventurous programming, from rare presentations like the marriage of contemporary dance and Chinese orchestral music in Quest (Singapore) to the introduction of animation theatre works SAMOVAR: Check Out Chekov (Austria) andThe Great War (The Netherlands).


The engaging and diverse Outreach events also continued to be a draw for the wider community, attracting 494,977 audiences. BandhanaPasar Theatre and Grandioso of Hundred Guzhengs drew thousands of people while Street Attack by Moving Arts and The iLLers Inc, Finals! by Grejpfrut (Slovenia), Ecrans Tambours by Deviation (France) andYolanda’s Fever by Cake Theatrical Production (Singapore) caught the imagination and attention of those who encountered them. The Closing Celebrations performance K@osmos by Puja!, a Spanish troupe of dare-devil aerial acrobatic artists, attracted 25,000 people, and brought a spectacular closure to this annual celebration of the arts.


New Platforms

This year’s Festival saw the launch of the dance creation platform Forward Moves as well as POPagenda Singapore, the music platform inaugurated under the Festival. Featuring new works by four talented young choreographers, Forward Moves was presented to full house for both its shows. POPagenda Singapore also made a good start with a line-up of some of Singapore and Asia's top talents.  It supported the growing pool of contemporary music talents in Singapore and provided up-and-coming young talents the platform to reach new fans.


In addition, aspiring as well as professional artists from Singapore and Asia also had opportunities to learn from renowned artists and arts groups participating in the Festival. Theatre professionals participated in an international workshop conducted by theatre pioneer and artistic director of the SITI Company Anne Bogart, and members of the company. Semi-professional dancers and dance students picked up dance techniques in masterclasses conducted by Nederlands Dans Theater I and Rosas, while principal trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Jörgen van Rijen shared the finer aspects of trombone playing in a masterclass organised by The Philharmonic Winds.


Adults and children alike had a fun-filled time learning to craft and play vegetable instruments in the public workshop conducted by The Vegetable Orchestra. Audiences also had the opportunity to interact with the participating artists at talks and post-show dialogues. These sessions extended the Festival experience for the audiences and enabled participants to learn more about the productions and creation processes.


Festival Buzz

Backed by a lively marketing and communications campaign, the exuberant Festival spirit filled the streets, airwaves and even the cyberspace. Besides television commercials and mobile advertisements on taxis, the Festival also caught the eyes of the public with its colourful buntings that lined the streets of Orchard Road and large Festival motifs on display on grass areas along some roads. Interactive initiatives on the internet helped the public engage with the works and artists in fresh new ways.


The National Arts Council wishes to thank all artists, sponsors, partners and the media for their strong support in this premier international arts event.


Please find the following annex enclosed for information:

Annex – Details of sold out shows