Singapore International Arts Festival deploys artwork, workshops, online performances, art news and featured articles


SINGAPORE – Art lovers who miss the Singapore International Festival of the Arts (Sifa) can look forward to online works by artists, performances and talk shows as organizers announce virtual lineup of events This year.

Scheduled to run this month (May) through December, Sifa v2.020 will also feature online content from four local art groups who have been tasked with presenting new works at this year’s festival.

The virtual programming will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 25, with a panel discussion chaired by the director of the Sifa 2020 festival, Gaurav Kripalani, on the impact of Covid-19 on the arts.

Mr Kripalani, who has been asked to continue his post for Sifa 2021, said in a statement: “When this pandemic is over and it is finally safe to come out, I think the public will be looking for the cathartic and community connection of sharing in a live show together.

“The world will be a different place, just like the way we engage with art. Sifa v2.020 aims to bridge that gap while asking how we do it in the new normal.”

Originally scheduled for May 15-31, Sifa 2020 has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. More than 73,000 people attended the festival in 2019, up from 55,000 the previous year.

As part of Sifa’s virtual programming, audiences can look forward to live sessions with local and international artists who will offer their take on how artistic creation can change in the “new normal”.

Art practitioners looking for mentorship, guidance or inspiration in today’s environment will be able to gain insight from Sifa artists through lectures and virtual workshops.

Local theater companies Toy Factory, Nine Years Theater, The Necessary Stage and The Finger Players will also present sessions and video podcasts focused on their productions. The groups are expected to present new works at Sifa 2021.

The series of virtual events will be available through the Sifa All Access online platform. It will also showcase the online work of artists.

Over the next few weeks, Mr. Kripalani and the Sifa team will continue to engage local and international artists to explore how they can be a part of Sifa v2.020.

Readers can subscribe to Sifa’s electronic newsletter or follow Sifa’s various social media channels to receive updates on the artists who will be joining the lineup throughout the year.

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