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Singapore – the arts scene

Government Initiatives :

National Arts Council https://www.nac.gov.sg/

National Heritage Board http://www.nhb.gov.sg/NHBPortal/

Singapore Film Commission http://www.smf.sg/SingaporeMediaCity/SFC/Pages/index.aspx

Media Development Authority’s Mediapolis – a one-stop hub; a ‘whole government’ approach http://www.mda.gov.sg/mediapolis/Pages/index.html

Cultural Medallion http://www.timeoutsingapore.com/aroundtown/feature/spotlight-cultural-medallion-winners-2013

Schools / Institutions :

School of the Arts (SOTA)

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

Design School Singapore

Films – commercial / arthouse / critical acclaim          

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_Singapore   (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 http://www.redbull.sg/cs/Satellite/en_SG/Article/6-Definitive-Music-Festivals-in-Singapore-021243277617901

Ignite Music Festival by Republic Polytechnic – for homegrown, alternative music bands http://www.rp.edu.sg/ignite2013/bands.aspx

Singapore Idol; The Final One, Campus Superstar

Arts scene has a link with night life too

Theatre

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)  http://www.srt.com.sg/

Wild Rice http://www.wildrice.com.sg/

Controversial Works :

Political Art ( read here for a quick glance : http://stcommunities.straitstimes.com/show/2013/04/28/can-singapore-accept-political-art)

Smegna (2006) & Stoma (2013) (banned plays by Elangovan, offensive to Muslims and Catholics respectively)  http://everythingalsocomplain.com/2013/01/09/mda-banning-elangovans-stoma

Censorship of other books, music, writers etc. Read here for overview :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censorship_in_Singapore

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