The Singapore Arts Festival opened in mid May along the banks of the Singapore River at Empress Place, all aflame with the burning lights of a post-apocalyptic-like fire garden, called Invitation To Dream presented by the National Arts Council and devised by Compagnie Carabosse, a French entertainment company.
With ninety-nine ticketed performances, this year, the Singapore Arts Festival explores the theme ‘Between You and Me’, aiming to bring audiences closer to the arts. The Festival showcases works from across the world, alongside Singaporean programmes. The rare and visually stunning Indian production, The Manganiyar Seduction by Roysten Abel, is the Festival’s Gala performance. A theatrical evening of traditional Indian folk music, the show features over forty Indian musicians and singers who span three generations, many of whom performed for the Rajasthani Court.
The performing arts scene in Singapore is rapidly becoming unsurpassed in Asia and proving Singapore as a destination is more enticing than ever, with scores of entertainment options for visitors. Furthermore, Singapore, with its concentration of sights, sounds, tastes, cultures and attractions is a small enough island city that visitors can easily personalise their visit around what they love to do, at the pace they wish to do it.
The Singapore Arts Festival, which runs from 14 May 2010 to 13 June 2010, has both free and ticketed programmes, including workshops and masterclasses.
For those who wish to delve into local culture, a series of Learning Workshops, called Zapin 101, focuses on Malay cultural arts such as Silat, Pantun and Zapin – a popular traditional dance in Indonesia and Malaysia.
In keeping with its appeal to a variety of audiences, the Festival will close with a Mega Line Dance, which is expected to attract up to sixteen thousand performers and will be held at the Marina Barrage and the Central Promontory, two venues which offer breathtaking views of Singapore. Music is a pre-dominant theme in the Festival. In 2010 the Festival has attracted elite performers from around the world.