Singapore International Festival of Arts

A fest for all

From cutting-edge productions to family-friendly fare, the Singapore International Festival of Arts has them all

The Singapore International Festival of Arts returns on Aug 6 with a sprawling programme of more than 35 productions over seven weeks, a blend of Singapore commissions and international blockbusters.

The festival will be looking at the idea of Post-Empires, whether at an international level - after the fall of colonial regimes, dictatorships and communism - or at a local level, where Singapore in its Golden Jubilee year continues to make sense of its history as nation-state.

As a whole, the festival looks at history and archives, at home and family, and combines the classics and the cutting edge.

Still scratching your head over which shows to catch? Whether you are a Hipster, Heartlander, Historian, Humanitarian or just simply Highfalutin, Life has it all sorted out for you.

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For the Hipsters

You are the arts lover who catches the cool wave before it breaks on the shore. Here are four cutting- edge productions that take exciting risks with their source material and go in bold new directions.


For the Heartlanders

You enjoy hanging out in your neighbourhood and like performances that get you laughing or humming along, and take on issues close to your heart. Here are three productions that take art to the people.


For the Highfalutin

You are a connoisseur. You have carefully cultivated tastes, but also like to be challenged - or to challenge convention. In this category, established heavyweights such as the T'ang Quartet and Theatre de la Ville transform the classics and interpret them anew.


For the Humanitarians

You have a soft spot for works that speak for the marginalised and those that offer a voice to under- represented communities and cultures, so check out these works.


For the Historians

You believe the past is a repository of knowledge for all ages and hungrily devour any historical texts you can find. Here are five works that may interest you.


Win free tickets

Here is your chance to catch one of the highlights of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (Sifa) for free.

Eight lucky winners will each win a pair of tickets to one of these productions: Dementia by Proton Theatre; Returning by Goh Lay Kuan; Versus by Cake Theatrical Productions; and Six Characters In Search Of An Author by Theatre de la Ville.

This is what you need to do:

a) Take a selfie with today's Life cover

b) Instagram the selfie with the hashtag #sifasgst and tag the official Sifa account at @sifa_sg to notify them of the upload.

You have to include the following text: "I want to watch (name of one of the four productions)."

Note: To enter the contest, Instagram users will need to make their profiles public.

The contest runs from today to Aug 1. The winners will be selected and notified by Sifa on Aug 3.

It will post the results on its social media platforms and also contact the winners directly. Winners will collect their tickets at the door.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 28, 2015, with the headline 'A fest for all'. Subscribe