30th anniversary of the Singapore Arts Festival Opens (May 25-June 24)
Since its launch as a domestic arts festival in 1977, the Singapore Arts Festival has been become one of the world’s leading festivals, known for its bold an innovative collaborations in the contemporary arts. In line with the Singapore National Arts Council mission of making Singapore a unique and international city of the arts, the festival’s key words are “Unique” and “International.” The festival’s director is Ms. Goh Ching Lee. One of the city’s largest theatres, the Esplanade Theatre, is the festival's main venue. Here, visitors will find top class showcases of domestic and international artists and performances of many of the world’s most highly acclaimed productions. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the festival founding (21st holding) and the program is highlighted by productions in dance, theatre and music including a collaboration between the Bangladesh-British dancer/choreographer Akram Khan and Sylvie Guillem, Japanese dancer/choreographer Saburo Teshigawara + KARAS, the Beijing People’s Art Theatre from China and the Singapore Festival Orchestra conducted by Grammy Award winner Arnie Roth. The festival also features a strong outreach program.
The dates for the 2008 and 2009 festivals have also been set for May 22 to June 16 in 2008 and May 21 to June 14 in 2009.