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One other yr, one other thrilling spherical of programmes from Singapore Worldwide Pageant of Arts (SIFA).

With each version, the humanities competition has provided a large and numerous choice of performances, installations, discussions, shows, and extra – ranging from musical concert events to thought-provoking exhibitions.

Since 1977, SIFA has change into the platform for immersive artwork experiences for audiences each out and in of Singapore. Throughout a number of editions and evolutions, the humanities competition has impressed generations of artists and artwork lovers, having all the time introduced revolutionary and distinct items and inspired significant conversations regarding necessary world points. 

This yr proves to be no totally different with over 300 performances and 60 exhibits that includes dozens of artists and performers from world wide. Unfold throughout three weeks, SIFA 2021 goals to reimagine what it means to be an arts competition in at present’s world. 

SIFA 2021 brings an suave competition that seamlessly intertwines dwell and on-line programmes. Utilising a spectrum of expertise – from textual content messaging to digital actuality to video conferencing, the three-week competition goals to deliver an array of elaborate and distinctive experiences each in-person and on-line. 

“This competition has been programmed as a response to all the pieces we’ve been by means of and the atmosphere we dwell in now,” says SIFA Pageant Director, Gaurav Kripalani in an official assertion. “Streaming performances on-line was what quite a lot of us needed to resort to throughout lock-down, which is lower than ideally suited. What it did do although was spur my curiosity in exploring 3D, interactive and responsive applied sciences in relationship to efficiency, which I imagine will change into an integral a part of the performing arts going ahead.”

SIFA 2021 will even embrace SIFA On Demand, a video-on-demand characteristic for choose installations operating from 31 Might to 12 June

This yr, all of the programmes tackle the central theme of “compassion, care, and group”. Following a tough yr of lockdowns and social isolation, SIFA goals to have a good time life and join folks collectively by means of artwork and the way it proves to be a precious device for therapeutic and bridging connections. 

The lineup of occasions at SIFA 2021 will look to discover diversified matters underneath this yr’s theme, together with psychological well being, self-care, sustainable residing, local weather change, and extra. 

SIFA 2021 can be taking place from 14 to 30 Might, with tickets accessible for buy by way of SIFA’s official web site

With over 300 programmes and 60 exhibits, you’ll undoubtedly spoilt for alternative. That can assist you select, we highlighted a few of our favorite music programmes which are undoubtedly price your consideration. Verify them out beneath. 


Among the many many programmes at SIFA 2021, A Music For Louis shouldn’t be one to overlook. Devoted to Singaporean jazz legend Louis Soliano, the musical concert events brings collectively musicians, singers and performers from the native jazz scene for a heart-warming efficiency devoted to the musical icon. 

Directed by Joshua Wan and Jeremiah Choy, A Music For Louis contains a lineup of proficient performers who’ve labored with and educated underneath Soliano. Audiences can anticipate performances from acts like Jeremy Monteiro, Joanna Dong, Rahimah Rahim, Daniel Wong, Don Gomes, and lots of extra. 

“It’s very humbling to see all these gifted musicians, who’re stars to me, so readily giving their time and immense skills to do that present. I’m so excited that we are able to all do what we love doing collectively, making music for our viewers, “ says Soliano. 

“I’ve recognized all the artists performing for a very long time, and truly spent a few years with every of them, some I’ve even watched develop up. We’ve gone past being colleagues to being  pals within the deepest  manner, so I’m  most  trying  ahead  to  the  musical conversations we’re going to see within the present.”

A Music For Louis will happen at Victoria Theatre on 14 Might with two exhibits at 6 PM SGT and 9 PM SGT. Tickets for the occasion are on the market on SIFA’s web site and are priced at SGD 58 and SGD 68

The live performance will even be accessible for viewing on 5 to 12 June by way of SIFA On Demand at SGD 15 for a person title or SGD 60 for an All-Entry bundle of 12.


When you’re in search of a singular and revolutionary artwork expertise then The Observatory’s Demon States is price attending. Making use of digital actuality expertise, the native rock and experimental band is about to nearly take audiences throughout diversified places impressed by their upcoming music. 

Made in collaboration with Japanese producer Koichi Shimizu, audio-visual artist Brandon Tay, theatre-maker Irfan Kasban, and stage artist Shawn Chua, The Observatory are stated to discover the human psyche in an try and showcase concern, nervousness, and the turmoils of psychological well being. 

“This work was borne out of a  time of bodily and psychological lockdowns, bearing witness to the concern and nervousness manifesting in our psyche. It’s a reflection of our current realities,” says The Observatory, in an official press assertion.



Demon States presents audiences with a actuality examine to face their internal demons by means of an immersive combined actuality expertise that’s stated to interrupt hearts and minds. Really useful to be skilled alone, the programme will comprise a complete of four installations taking place at The Arts Home and the Esplanade, every with a bodily and VR side. 

The set up will occur from 19 to 30 Might with numerous time and placement particulars. For extra data, you’ll be able to go to SIFA’s official web site. Tickets for Demon States are priced at SGD 10 for 2 installations. 


With the mundanity of on a regular basis life, town is the very last thing we deem as artwork; however The Invisible Opera is right here to alter that. 

Created by Australian artist Sophia Brous in collaboration with award-winning efficiency makers Lara Thoms and Samara Hersch, and choreographer Faye Driscoll, The Invisible Opera is a recent, out of doors music efficiency. 

Taking up the position of an unseen observer, the efficiency goals to point out the viewers town in a complete new gentle, specializing in features of the environment that we hardly ever take note of. It permits the viewers to achieve a deeper understanding of the dynamics and influence of the house they occupy. 

“The  Invisible  Opera goals to discover what we see and don’t see in our public environments. It hopes to immediate discussions in regards to the dynamics of energy and entry in our public areas, and who determines what is suitable, how we act and what we do,” says Brous. 

Premiering for the primary time as a part of SIFA 2021, The Invisible Opera can be carried out totally remotely from Australia, beamed in from CCTV cameras and hidden microphones that map the motion of a bustling metropolis in real-time. The efficiency will embrace immersive sound design, electroacoustic orchestration and dwell vocal efficiency.

Extra data on The Invisible Opera can be unveiled quickly by way of SIFA’s official web site.


Prepare for an inventive collision between the worlds of dance and music.  The Rhythm Of Us will see a ground-breaking collaborative efficiency between two of Singapore’s premiere artwork firms – Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) and Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) on the SIFA stage. 

Taking up three modern items, the efficiency is anticipated to take audiences on a lyrical journey by means of the marvel of dwell music and dance. 

“We all the time attempt to stability the three items by way of music, qualities of the totally different works in temperament and total look plus construct in scale because the night progresses,” says SDT Inventive Director Janek Schergen

The Rhythm Of Us will characteristic three items choreographed by Schergen and Christina Chan, in addition to particular visitor Pam Tanowitz, and carried out by cellist Ng Pei Sian, principal dancer Chihiro Uchido, pianist and composer Chok Kerong, and an ensemble of musicians and dancers from SSO and SDT. 

The live performance will happen on the Esplanade Theatre from 28 Might and 29 Might at eight PM SGT on each days. Tickets for the occasion are on the market on SIFA’s web site and are priced at SGD 78 and SGD 88

The Rhythm Of Us will even be accessible for viewing on 5 to 12 June by way of SIFA On Demand at SGD 15 for a person title or SGD 60 for an All-Entry bundle of 12.


SIFA can be taking place from 14 to 30 Might with a myriad of performances, exhibits and programmes throughout 16 days. For individuals who are unable to attend the competition programmes, audiences will nonetheless be capable of catch chosen exhibits and screenings by means of SIFA On Demand, a video-on-demand characteristic that may run from 31 Might to 12 June. 

For extra particulars and the complete competition schedule, go to SIFA’s official web site





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