Signing of Agreements Signals New Phase


Signing of Agreements Signals New Phase



of International Collaboration in the Arts


National Arts CouncilSingapore - Scottish Arts Council




Singapore Arts Festival - Edinburgh International Festival


The National Arts Council (NAC) and the Scottish Arts Council (SAC) today agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to encourage artistic development, collaboration and exchange on 4 June 2007, in Singapore. Pursuant to the objectives of this MOU, a strategic alliance between the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) and the Singapore Arts Festival (SAF) was sealed on the same occasion to encourage artistic collaboration, cooperation, joint commissioning and international touring.


The Council to Council Memorandum was signed by Mr Graham Berry (Special Envoy of the SAC) and Mr Lee Suan Hiang (CEO, NAC). It was witnessed by HE Mr Paul Madden (British High Commissioner to Singapore) and Mr Lim Neo Chian (NAC Council Member and Deputy Chairman & CEO of the Singapore Tourism Board). The agreement between the two Festivals was signed by Mr Jonathan Mills (Festival Director & Chief Executive, Edinburgh International Festival) and Ms Goh Ching Lee (Festival Director, Singapore Arts Festival). It was witnessed by Mrs Eunice Crook (Director of the British Council) and Mr Lee Suan Hiang.


The Scottish Arts Council and the NAC first signed an MOU in January 1992, which was renewed in May 1994 for another two years. Since then, many beneficial exchanges and collaborations between our agencies have occurred under the relationship established by the MOU. Due to the mutual interest in greater collaboration between our two agencies, the upcoming MOU will renew the relationship for another two years.


Broadly, the MOU aims to facilitate opportunities for artists to present their work and identify ways to enhance the strategic value of individual cultural exchange projects between Singapore and Scotland by promoting such projects in other compatible and complementary markets and destinations.  In addition, both parties will encourage the provision of exchange and secondment opportunities in all art forms, as well as the development of joint programmes and studies of mutual interest.


The alliance between the Edinburgh International Festival and the Singapore Arts Festivalwill see the two organisations collaborate on a number of international projects over the coming years. The agreement between EIF and SAF is an illustration of the exciting cultural collaborations that flow from an MOU and will be in effect for three years.


This year, the two festivals collaborated on the Singapore Arts Festival commissioned co-production Optical Identity, a music theatre collaboration between UK’s Theatre Cryptic and Singapore’s T’ang Quartet. The production premiered in the Singapore Arts Festival from 31 May to 2 June 2007 and will be presented at the Edinburgh International Festival from 31 August to 1 September.