COVID-19 has been unprecedented in how it has affected life here and around the world. Our arts and culture scene in Singapore has not been spared. Performances, shows, exhibitions and other arts and cultural events which are the beating heart of the arts community and the nation’s cultural life, have been cancelled or deferred. This has dealt a crippling blow to our arts companies and artists.
Despite this, our arts community continues to find creative ways to create and present their art digitally. The arts certainly can chase away our stay home blues, allowing us to enjoy #SGCultureAnywhere.
The Esplanade, for example, is presenting concert highlights by leading music acts from Singapore and Asia on the Esplanade Offstage portal. The Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) launched its #DabaoSCO series where we can “da-bao” and enjoy full-length SCO concerts at home. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) also recently announced its #SSOPlayOn initiative, which offers newly recorded and archival concerts online. Others like arts group SAtheCollective have also shared their past productions on digital platforms, and plan to stream upcoming performances live. Visual arts lovers can enjoy the digital collections of the Singapore Art Museum and National Gallery Singapore online, or browse the quirkily-titled “14-days Stay Home Notice” digital exhibition by independent collective INSTINC.
In challenging times of a Circuit Breaker, we need you – our Culture Backers – to support Singapore’s arts and culture.
Click on the image above to support your favourite arts organisation. Donations will go directly to them and help keep them afloat during these challenging times.
If you would like to boost the sustainability of small arts organisations, you can also donate to the Sustain the Arts (stART) Fund by the National Arts Council at www.giving.sg/startfund.
To find out more about how you can support our arts and culture scene, you may reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Arts Council is proud to present GIC and the Singapore Strong Fund as campaign partners for the COVID-19 Rally for Singapore's Arts campaign. They have collectively pledged to support three theatre groups – Singapore Repertory Theatre, Wildrice and Pangdemonium – with funding and staff volunteerism. GIC is also exploring ways for their staff to contribute through staff volunteering their time and expertise in areas such as design and copy writing, should the arts groups require such assistance.