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Singapore – the arts scene

Government Initiatives :

National Arts Council

National Heritage Board

Singapore Film Commission

Media Development Authority’s Mediapolis – a one-stop hub; a ‘whole government’ approach

Cultural Medallion

Schools / Institutions :

School of the Arts (SOTA)

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

Design School Singapore

Films – commercial / arthouse / critical acclaim     (very useful link with concise info)

Directors :

Jack Neo (Homerun; I Not Stupid; Ah Boys to Men etc)

Royston Tan (15; 881; 12 Lotus etc)

Eric Khoo (12 Storeys; My Magic etc)

Boo Junfeng (Sandcastle etc)

Anthony Chen (Ilo Ilo)

Sg production companies :

Raintree Pictures

Zhao Wei Films

Production Paradise (commercials, corporate advertising)

Eagle Vision; Double M (edutainment, documentaries)

Music – commercial / fine arts / alternative

Stephanie Sun, JJ Lin, Kit Chan, Corrinne May

6 Definitive Music Festivals in Singapore

Ignite Music Festival by Republic Polytechnic – for homegrown, alternative music bands

Singapore Idol; The Final One, Campus Superstar

Arts scene has a link with night life too


Musicals – touring shows (The Lion King, Wicked, The Phantom of The Opera, Fame etc)

Singapore Repertory Theatre – keeping literature alive, introducing great works to a new generation of audiences (Macbeth, The Crucible etc)

Wild Rice

Controversial Works :

Political Art ( read here for a quick glance :

Smegna (2006) & Stoma (2013) (banned plays by Elangovan, offensive to Muslims and Catholics respectively)

Censorship of other books, music, writers etc. Read here for overview :


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