Singapore International Festival of Arts

Only 55,000 attended festival this year; $10 front-row tickets for students get thumbs-up

Festival commissions included 0600 (above, in a rehearsal) by Singapore arts collective Ground Z-0, which took ticketholders through the stories of prisoners and government officials at the former Supreme Court.
Festival commissions included 0600 (above, in a rehearsal) by Singapore arts collective Ground Z-0, which took ticketholders through the stories of prisoners and government officials at the former Supreme Court. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
1984 (above), a stage adaptation of George Orwell’s novel by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, was widely popular among festivalgoers.
1984 (above), a stage adaptation of George Orwell’s novel by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, was widely popular among festivalgoers. PHOTO: ANDI CROWN

Only 55,000 attend festival this year, but there are sold-out productions and students approve of $10 front-row deal

The Singapore International Festival of Arts (Sifa) 2018 closed last Saturday with a reported 55,000 attending events over 17 days.

That is only 25 per cent of last year's 218,000 viewers and the second-smallest since 2014, when 22,000 viewers came for the annual festival, which was rebranded after a year's hiatus.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 15, 2018, with the headline 'Smaller turnout this year'. Print Edition | Subscribe