Singapore, 16 October 2006 – In an effort to actively promote and sustain cultural and artistic exchanges between different cities in Asia, The Arts House will present a new initiative Spotlight Singapore in Tokyo at one of Japan’s largest and latest integrated lifestyle and cultural centre, Roppongi Hills, in December 2006.
Comprising a specially commissioned work by Singapore composer Iskandar Ismail and featuring more than 20 of the nation’s top and upcoming artists in various disciplines ranging from music through visual arts to culinary arts, Spotlight Singapore in Tokyo is an event that brings to the next level which The Arts House had achieved as the major programme partner of Spotlight Singapore in Hong Kong earlier this year, during the prestigious annual City Festival 2006 organised by the Fringe Club.
Said Mr. Colin Goh, General Manager of The Arts House of the Spotlight Singapore initiative which also aims to develop a continuous network between arts and cultural venues in the region, “The programme is a concerted and sustained attempt to provide an international platform for some for Singapore artists and talents. Here, Spotlight Singapore in Tokyoaims to integrate lifestyle, culture and the arts – elements which are sometimes viewed separately – into a whole, giving and sharing as comprehensive an experience as possible with another culture, in this instance, the Japanese, the rich diversity that is Singapore. We will showcase Singapore’s talents in the fields of music, culinary skills, visual arts and crafts.
“Of equal importance is that at the same time, we also want to create dialogues between the two cities through an exchange of arts and culture. Just as we have presented Spotlight Singapore in Hong Kong and now in Tokyo, hence, we will bring to Singapore audiences new and exciting programmes from the two cities that would otherwise not have the chance to be showcased here in a more holistic manner. As such, Spotlight Hong Kong in Singaporeby Fringe Clubwill debut in February 2007 and similarly, we will be bringing in programmes from Tokyo in 2008.”
Mr Goh adds that given The Arts House’s mission since its beginnings in 2004 has been that of creating and developing platforms for Singapore artists, Spotlight Singapore is an inevitable and logical extension of The Arts House.
Co-organised with Artscrafts Co. in Tokyo, Spotlight Singapore also serves as a finale in a series of events that have been accredited as being in celebration of the 40 Years of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Singapore and Japan.
Said Mr. Phan Ming Yen, Artistic Development Director of The Arts House, "Singapore’s rich and diverse multi-cultural heritage as well as its development from its historical origins to its status in the international stage now makes exchange programmes of this sort challenging and exciting. The process only makes one more aware of how culturally and artistically rich we are and the potential that lies ahead when one has the opportunity to cross boundaries and barriers. For Spotlight Singapore in Tokyo, we have decided to focus on presenting works that deal with one’s sense of taste, sight, touch and sound hence our focus on food, music and visual works. In the future, as we further develop the programme, we hope to present even a wider range of works. Given the broad scope of the programme, what is important is ensuring that artistic integrity is retained at all times and that we present as honest and true as possible of who we are, and how we understand ourselves. Openness and honesty after all is the beginning of all dialogues.”
The Arts House is delighted to be working with Iskandar Ismail on the original composition of the music piece that will gather some 20 top musicians in Singapore, including Leslie and Lionel Tan from the T'ang Quartet, sound artist Yuen Chee Wai, new media artist Little, award-wining Indian classical musician Ghanavenothan, up coming young Chinese musicians pipa player Chua Yew Kok and er hu player Chin Yen Choong, well-known percussionist Tama Goh, guitarist Addy, keyboardist Weixiang, and performer Ghani. A 45-minute world premiere, this music theatrical experience is set to reflect the heart of the nation, a state that aspires to be the cultural hub of the world.
The Arts House at the Old Parliament
Officially opened on 26 March 2004, The Arts House at the Old Parliament is the only gazetted historic government building which has been designated as an arts and heritage venue. The 180-year-old national monument was originally built in 1827 as a home for a Scottish merchant but subsequently became Singapore’s first Court House and former Parliament House. The Arts House is now a multidisciplinary arts centre that offers visitors the opportunity to create their own mix of activities from a broad spectrum of engaging, contemporary arts events, entertainment and lifestyle options. The Arts House is managed by The Old Parliament House Limited, a not-for-profit full-service arts management company limited by guarantee. For further information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg.
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