Since 2014, NAC has initiated a wider variety of international programmes, to encourage cultural collaboration and exchange between Singapore and overseas arts scenes. Some examples of past projects include:
BIGSOUND Australia 2016
Singapore music was given an inaugural presence at the 15th edition of BIGSOUND, Australia’s largest music industry platform. BIGSOUND presented Singapore acts - electronic duo .gif, singer-songwriter iNCH and instrumental rock band In Each Hand A Cutlass, who shared the stage with more than 150 international musicians over the three-day festival and industry conference. In addition, NAC partnered with Singapore radio station, Lush 99.5FM, and organised a special Singapore Sound System Party at BIGSOUND. Attracting close to 300 people, the Party was a huge success, showcasing some of the best from Singapore’s contemporary music scene, and allowing the musicians present to network and explore long term prospects with international industry leaders and their counterparts.
Daniel K's Cheerleader of Europe
Photo: Bernie Ng
For the first time, NAC created a visible presence of Singapore artists at the 11th edition of Tanzmesse, one of the world’s largest gatherings of professionals in the field of contemporary dance, to create a springboard for Singapore artists and companies to attract potential commissions, collaborations and international exchange opportunities. NAC brought a delegation of 15 Singapore dance producers and artists to participate in the event, presented a Singapore exhibition booth with industry partners, and supported the presentation of four works by independent artists, to be part of the performance programme - Daniel Kok and Choy Ka Fai presented full-length works and Elysa Wendi and Jereh Leong presented excerpts of works in progress.
Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama
From 6 to 14 February 2016, the Singapore Focus (SF) programme was presented at the Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama (TPAM), Asia's longest-running performing arts meeting platform.
The SF programme was curated by Singapore producer/curator/dramaturg Tang Fu Kuen and featured Singapore artists and arts groups like Ho Rui An, The Observatory, Daniel Kok, Tara Transitory (aka One Man Nation), and Choy Ka Fai. Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay led a small delegation of Singapore artists to the platform, and facilitated opportunities for them to network with various international presenters and collaborators.
Lead The Way 2016
As part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the British Council, the NAC and the British Council co-organised and launched a first-ever programme focussed on organisational leadership development called Lead The Way. British Council worked closely with the NAC team to design the curriculum for the programme, and provided a team of experienced arts practitioners from the UK who facilitated the training. The first of the two-part programme saw participation from 16 emerging arts leaders from a range of Major and Seed Grant companies and arts organisations. The second part of the programme took place in June 2016.
Arts and Disability Forum 2016
Co-organised with British Council Singapore, Singapore International Foundation, the NAC, and with support from National Gallery Singapore, the Arts and Disability Forum took place from 29 to 31 March 2016. The forum aimed to raise awareness on how the arts and culture can shape an inclusive society.
The event featured practitioners from the arts and disability space, such as disabled dancer Claire Cunningham (UK), Jo Verrent from the Unlimited Festival (UK), resident conductor of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra Quek Ling Kiong, and young Singapore artists Jean Loo and Alecia Neo. Over 200 art practitioners, social sector and healthcare professionals in the disabilities sector, stakeholders and policy makers attended the series of events which comprised keynotes, panel discussions, excursions and a workshop.
Ka Fai's Soft Machine
Photo: Law Kian Yan
OzAsia Festival 2016
The OzAsia Festival Festival 2016 took place in September featured a Singapore showcase, arising from a two-year partnership between arts management and consultancy agency, Culturelink, and OzAsia Festival, funded in part by NAC. Audiences were treated to five cutting-edge, contemporary Singapore acts - Cabinet of Curiosities by Margaret Leng Tan, contemporary music showcases by singer-songwriter Charlie Lim and jazz/soul funk group, The Steve McQueens, Softmachine: Rianto by Choy Ka Fai and Bunny by Daniel K. and Luke George.