Arts Festival 2009


Singapore Artists Invited To Edinburgh Festivals


August 2009



The National Arts Council (NAC) announced today that it is leading a Singapore Showcase, comprising prominent performing and literary arts talents, on an invitation to present at the world famous Edinburgh Festivals in August 2009, in Scotland.


In addition to the main Edinburgh International Festival, the Singapore Showcase will be presented at world’s largest book festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival; the ever popular Edinburgh Festival Fringe that attracts about 1.5 million visitors each year; and debut at the Edinburgh Mela as well as the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.


The ensemble of artists featured in the Singapore Showcase includes Ong Keng Sen andTheatreWorks, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Edwin Thumboo, Suchen Christine Lim and Simon Tay, Andrew Lum, spell#7 and daniel k. They will be presented at key festival venues such as The Edinburgh Playhouse and the New Town Theatre.


We are indeed honoured by this invitation from the Edinburgh Festivals, which conveys high recognition for Singapore’s artistic standards and development,” said Mr Lee Suan Hiang, Chief Executive Officer of the National Arts Council. “This Singapore Showcase builds on the success of the last Singapore Season in London to profile the diversity and growing sophistication of Singapore artists, and provides them a most prestigious stage to showcase their talents.”   


“This Singapore Showcase is yet another realisation of NAC’s internationalisation programme in bringing local talents to the global audience, and to enhance Singapore’s growing reputation as a global city for the arts. This milestone presentation of Singaporeartists and arts groups in Edinburgh also underscores our commitment to developingSingapore arts”, added Mr Lee.


This invitation for Singapore Showcase is considered another major outcome of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the National Arts Council and the Scottish Arts Council in June 2007, and the Strategic Alliance signed between the Singapore Arts Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival, to encourage artistic collaboration, joint commissioning and international touring. That same year, Singapore Arts Festival 2007commission Optical Identity by T'ang Quartet and the Scottish music theatre company Theatre Cryptic toured the Edinburgh International Festival, following its premiere inSingapore.


“The collective power of seven festivals in August in the city of Edinburgh makes it aFestival City and a