Singapour en France – le Festival presents an opportunity to discover the art, culture and heritage of Singapore – one of the most unique city-states in the world. The Festival marks a special year celebrating 50 years of Singapore’s Independence, as well as 50 years of diplomatic ties between Singapore and France.
Singapore has historically been a gateway to Southeast-Asia and the larger Asian region beyond. As a major trading post for the exchange of goods and ideas since the 14th century, Singapore has always participated in the wider world beyond its shores, while remaining rooted to its region. The multi-ethnic and multicultural mix of its people reflects this geographical context and historical experience. Attributes such as the country’s openness to the world, a “can-do” attitude, as well as a sensitivity to the nuances of local cultures have nurtured an artistic and creative community that draws inspiration from international movements and influences, while at the same time striving to create expressions that push beyond the boundaries of western artistic canons and forms. Artists in Singapore have become adept at both looking forward and looking back; at adapting and experimenting. The youthful and adventurous spirit of this festival is expressed through the ability of our artists to invent and push into new areas of expression.
Singapour en France – le Festival is co-organised by the National Heritage Board (Singapore, the National Arts Council (Singapore) and Institut Français (IF) France’s agency for international arts and cultural projects, and supported by Singapore’s Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development , and Ministry of Culture and Communication in France.
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