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$1 million boost for Chinese opera

R&D grant aims to raise standards, promote art form in Singapore

Published on Feb 11, 2014 8:19 AM

A million-dollar research and development fund is being set up by the Chinese Opera Institute (COI) to raise standards and promote the traditional performing art form in Singapore.

The Chinese Opera Research and Development Grant, as it is called, will be open to opera troupes here as well as individuals involved in the art, including performers, directors, scriptwriters and researchers.

"We want to give the performing art a boost with financial support before the young of today lose interest in this traditional performing art form completely," said COI chairman Lim Fang Hua, 66, yesterday.

Singapore has nearly 70 amateur Chinese opera troupes, which represent seven genres and perform in Chinese dialects such as Cantonese, Teochew, Hokkien and Hainanese. Many troupes need help to upgrade, modernise and renew themselves.

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