Signing of Cultural Memorandum of Understanding between National Arts Council, Singapore and Arts Council of England


The National Arts Council, Singapore (NAC) today signed a Cultural Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Arts Council of England (ACE) to enhance their commitment to cultural exchanges between Singapore and the United Kingdom. Singapore is the first overseas partner with which the ACE entered into a cultural co-operation programme. The signing took place during the Singapore Season showcase in London.


The signatories for the MOU were Liu Thai Ker, Chairman of NAC and Sir Christopher Frayling, Chair of ACE.  In a ceremony held at the Crush Bar, Royal Opera House, the signing was witnessed by Ms Kim Evans, Acting CE of ACE and Lee Suan Hiang, CEO of NAC.


Singapore and the United Kingdom have enjoyed a mutually enriching cultural relationship. Significant cultural exchanges, both recent and upcoming, between the two countries include:

  • The world premiere of Akram Khan Company’s Ma as the opening performance of the 2004 Singapore Arts Festival. The performance recently won the South Bank Award for achievement in dance, and we are proud to have contributed to its success.
  • Singapore artists and arts companies in the Singapore Season in London from February to April 2005 in collaboration with major London venues; and the commissioning of British composer Michael Nyman of his work Melody Waves premiered by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra
  • The recent visits of the London Symphony Orchestra and T he Philharmonia to the Esplanade -Theatres on the Bay.
  • The presentation of Swan Lake by The Royal Ballet, and Gumbo Jumbo by The Gogmagogs at the 2005 Singapore Arts Festival.


The 3-year Cultural MOU, in force till 31 March 2008, paves the way for further exchanges and artistic collaborations in all the art forms, between Singapore and the UK. It also embraces new areas of development related to the knowledge and practice of the arts, including staff development and expertise exchanges in the areas of audience development, cultural education, business partnerships and creative industries.  At the same time, the MOU supports the development of links and joint programmes between cultural and educational institutions in Singapore and UK; facilitates the provision of opportunities for artists to showcase their works; and encourages the provision of training opportunities for artists and administrators.


Annex : MOU between NAC and ACE on a Singapore-England Cultural Co-operation Programme and Cultural exchanges between Singapore and the UK