The Sunday Times says

Please, don't give the arts a pass

In his maiden speech in Parliament, Nominated Member of Parliament Terence Ho mooted the idea of a "Culture Pass" with credits for Singaporeans to buy tickets for arts and cultural events. The idea is a good one. A model exists in the form of ActiveSG dollars. In the latter scheme, $100 is available for all Singaporeans and permanent residents to use at public pools and sports facilities.

But sports facilities are relatively inexpensive to access, ranging from $1 for public pools to $3.50 for an hour on a badminton court. Arts events are usually priced higher, with tickets to black box productions starting at $20 and bigger productions often charging upwards of $100.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 20, 2019, with the headline 'Please, don't give the arts a pass'. Print Edition | Subscribe