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:
Singapore showcase at Asia-Pacific Triennal of Performing Arts (Melbourne Australia, 2020)
Asia-Pacific Triennale of Performing Arts is a festival presented by Arts Centre Melbourne every three years, focussing on the best of contemporary performing arts from the Asia region. In 2020, the festival presented two Singaporean works – The Mysterious Lai Teck by Ho Tzu Nyen, Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep by Margaret Leng Tan with Chamber Made (AU).
Glorious, Monstrous, Hantu Tales from Singapore in London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre (London UK, 2019)
NAC commissioned Glorious, Monstrous, Hantu Tales from Singapore, a showcase of Singapore’s literary arts and theatre sectors through the lens of original Singaporean ghost stories. The work was presented by Southbank Centre, as part of the 2019 London Literature Festival, and was produced and developed by CAKE Theatrical Productions.
IFACCA Post Summit Programme (Singapore, 2019)
NAC hosted 32 international delegates in Singapore for a 1.5 day visit programme, following the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)’s World Summit in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). Delegates visited all the major arts and cultural institutions, met with key cultural leaders and artists and attended a concert by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Singapore National Youth Orchestra’s Tour (Hong Kong and China, 2018)
The Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) toured Guangzhou and Hong Kong from 22 to 28 November 2018, to perform at the Asia-Pacific Youth Symphony Orchestra Festival in Hong Kong, and participate in a cultural exchange initiative with the Guangzhou Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Led by its Principal Conductor, Joshua Tan, the tour included performances at the Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The tour programme included a new commission by young Singaporean composer Lee Jia Yi’s Bloom.