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Kallang Theatre to be run by Sport Singapore; arts groups hope it stays a performance venue

Published on Aug 11, 2014 6:28 PM
The future of the Kallang Theatre, which once hosted blockbuster international acts such as the Paris Opera Ballet, is up in the air.  -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

It was once the go-to venue for blockbuster international acts such as the Paris Opera Ballet and iconic musicals Les Miserables and Phantom Of The Opera. From 1986 to 2000, it was home to the National Day Rally, until the annual address by the prime minister moved to the University Cultural Centre in 2001.

But come February 2015, Kallang Theatre might no longer exist as a performing arts venue. Instead, with an incoming change of management, the future of the site is up in the air. Since 2011, the building has been managed by arts event management company Asia Arts & Culture, which rents the site from the Singapore Land Authority for $43,000 a month. However, after its lease expires on Jan 31, management of the venue will pass to Sport Singapore, a statutory board under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, which manages the Sports Hub and public sports facilities.

As yet, there is no official word on the future of the venue and the Singapore Land Authority and Sport Singapore say they will unveil plans for the theatre only when they have been finalised.

The arts community, for one, hopes that the theatre will continue to be a venue for the performing arts, despite setbacks in recent years.

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