Singapore Arts Festival 2008 Early Bird Sales Open: 20 February - 6 April 2008






20 February – 6 April 2008


Enjoy More Shows at Special Rates!


Internationally acclaimed artists from 21 countries will be converging at the Singapore Arts Festival this year, to present 27 music, dance and theatre productions that will tantalise the senses and leave patrons enthralled for more.


Said Ms Goh Ching Lee, Festival Director and Senior Director for Performing Arts and NAC, “The 2008 Festival offers a line-up that will take audiences on a thrilling journey of adventure and discovery. New festival finds and festival commissions take their place alongside works by the most established and experienced names in the performing arts world, illuminating the highest level of artistry and creative thought. Exhilarating, moving, and thought-provoking, they will stir our senses, touch our hearts, and stimulate our minds.”


Ticket sales begin from 20 February 2008 through SISTIC. A range of early bird discounts are also available for patrons to nail the best seats early to experience the mind-opening and exhilarating creations.


Special Discount Packages

This year’s bundling packages offer audiences a selection of choices and deliver the best value to the early birds. All early birds will enjoy 10% discount for any single purchase of tickets to one or two productions. For those who relish exposure to a wider selection of arts performances, a 15% discount is available for any single purchase of tickets to three or four productions, and 20% for five or more productions. After the Early Bird period, from7 April 2008 till the end of the Festival, discounts will be reduced to 10% for any single purchase to three or four productions, and 15% for five or more productions.


A 15% discount also applies to bulk purchases of 15 tickets or more to any production, to encourage more people to enjoy the Festival with their friends and families. This offer continues after the Early Bird period.


Programme Highlights

This year’s contemporary dance line-up features renowned choreographer Édouard Lock’s La La La Human Steps (Canada), and the acclaimed young dance creator Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Belgium). The Slovene National Theatre Opera, Ballet Maribor and Lujbljana, and the Singapore Festival Orchestra (Slovenia/Singapore), as well as the Slovene National Theatre Maribor (Slovenia) will present two powerful works by choreographer Edward Clug.


Be intrigued by the breadth and complexity of youth, modernisation and identity issues addressed in the theatre creations by leading European director Haris Pašović’s East West Theater Company (Bosnia & Herzegovina), emerging director Lies Pauwels and the experimental theatre company Victoria/Contact (Belgium/UK), and Indian theatre luminary Ratan Thiyam’s Chorus Repertory Theatre of Manipur (India).


From familiar classics to contemporary jazz, ethnic music and cross-genre explorations of soundscapes, the music programme includes Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings Symphony by the Singapore Festival Orchestra, Chorus of the Slovene National Theatres Maribor and Ljubljana, and the Singapore Lyric Opera Children’s Choir; London Sinfonietta (UK); recorder collective QNG – Quartet New Generation (Germany), jazz luminary Paolo Frescu and queen of Saridian folk music’ Elena Ledda’s Sonos ‘E Memoria (Italy).


Through the commissioning of new works, the Festival continues to champion Singaporetalents such as Ong Keng Sen, Ho Tzu Nyen, Cake Theatrical Productions, and Drama Box. The Festival will also profile young choreographers Ebelle Chong, Joavien Ng and Neo Hong Chin, and emerging director ZiZi Azah.


Patrons are encouraged to buy tickets early to enjoy greater savings. More information on


Festival shows can be found in


Please find the following annexes enclosed for information:

Annex 1: Information on Core Productions


Annex 2: Discount and Ticketing Details