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What is the Singapore International Festival of Arts or SIFA?

As Singapore’s annual pinnacle performing arts festival, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) presents captivating and diverse works across theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts. First launched as the Singapore Festival of Arts in 1977, the festival has gone through several evolutions and inspired generations of arts lovers and practitioners. Today, the highly-anticipated festival is a high-point on Singapore’s arts and cultural calendar. 

Under the helm of Festival Director Gaurav Kripalani from 2018–2020, SIFA continues its festival mission to champion the creation and presentation of Singaporean and international works. At SIFA 2019, The Arts House will once again be transformed into the Festival House. With meaningful engagement opportunities from artists talks, workshops, discussions and the festival bar—House Pour, the Festival House breaks down the walls between artists and audiences to create unique experiences and inspiring artistic encounters.

SIFA is the official acronym of Singapore International Festival of Arts.

When is the festival period?
In 2019, SIFA will run from from 16 May to 2 June. 

What is the Festival House?
As the heartbeat of the SIFA 2019, The Arts House will be transformed into Festival House during the festival period. The mix of intimate spaces in the House lends itself to unique opportunities for performances, artist talks, book clubs, reading room and immersive exhibitions for both audiences and festival artists. The activities at Festival House offer avenues for reflection and discussion on concepts and themes in the Festival. The Arts House will be the pulse of the festival where audiences meet, discuss the works in the festival, eat, drink and hang out while taking in the Festival buzz.

Who is the organiser of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2019?
The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) is organised by Arts House Limited.

SIFA is an annual highlight of Singapore’s cultural calendar. It began as the Singapore Festival of Arts in 1977 and was a biennial event up till 1999. Started at a time when Singapore was often called a “cultural desert”, the festival has since contributed greatly to the nation’s arts and cultural development.

The festival underwent a review in 2012 and as a result, an independent company, Arts Festival Limited, was set up by the National Arts Council to take over the organising of the festival. After merging with the The Old Parliament House, it was renamed Arts House Limited (AHL) on 19 March 2014. That year the festival was revamped into SIFA to huge success.

Committed to enriching lives through the arts, AHL is set up as a company limited by guarantee (CLG) under National Arts Council. AHL manages two key landmarks located in the heart of Singapore’s Civic District -- The Arts House, a multidisciplinary arts centre with a focus on literary programming, and the Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, a heritage building that is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. It also runs the Goodman Arts Centre and Aliwal Arts Centre, two creative enclaves for artists, arts groups and creative businesses, and performing arts space Drama Centre.

Where can I find the #SIFA2019 Festival Guides:
The festival guides will only be released in February 2019. 

Is there a mobile application I can download for the festival?
While there isn’t a mobile app for the Festival, there are various ways to stay informed! 

Sign up for our mailing list for the latest news and special deals for SIFA here.
You can also connect with SIFA via our social media platforms for the latest updates:


What are the resources available for media?
For media representatives or writers who would like to receive press materials on the festival, including the media releases and images, please visit the media centre here. For other media opportunities, please reach out to Charmaine Lau ( and Juliana Tan at (


How can I purchase tickets to the performance?
To purchase tickets online, please visit
To purchase tickets in person, please visit any authorised SISTIC ticketing agent. To locate the authorised agents closest to you, please visit SISTIC

What is the SISTIC booking fee? Are there any service charge or additional booking fees?
SISTIC charges booking fee for all ticket transactions. Booking fee applies to all ticket bookings, regardless of the channel of purchase. 
For tickets that cost $20 and below, SISTIC charges a booking fee of $1 per ticket.
For tickets priced from $20.01 to $40, SISTIC charges a booking fee of $3 per ticket.
For tickets above $40, SISTIC charges a booking fee of $4 per ticket.
For more information, please click here.

For the $10 Student Front Row tickets, is there a listing of the selected shows which such tickets are available for?
The Student Front Row tickets are available for the following programmes and shows:
·       Dionysus
·       Displaced Persons Welcome Dinner
·       A Dream Under the Southern Bough: Reverie

For Corporate and Group Bookings, please contact us at  for more information.

For more information on the ticket pricing or the programmes, head on here.

How do I get $10 tickets?
For the $10 Student Front Row tickets, you may proceed to any SISTIC authorised ticketing agent and present your student pass to enjoy the special price.

For the $10 Student Front Row tickets, are teachers able to buy them in bulk on behalf of students?
As the tickets are reserved for individual purchases, you will not be able to purchase the tickets in bulk.
For the $10 Student Front Row tickets, it would be best for the students to purchase the tickets personally. If the students are interested to catch any of the performances, they may proceed to any SISTIC authorised ticketing agent and present their student pass to enjoy the special price.

For teachers wanting to purchase bulk tickets or if there are any queries, please email Tan Yanru at

Can I purchase tickets at the door?
Tickets may be available at the door but are subject to availability. Do note that not all performance venues have SISTIC counters, and for those cases, it would be ideal to get the tickets via this website or to collect the tickets at the authorised agents before the show. For seats with better views, we would encourage you to book your tickets early.

Would the seats be pre-assigned or am I able to choose where I sit?
Seating plans for shows with reserved seating are available at any SISTIC outlet, so you are able to select your seat, subject to availability.

Some shows at SIFA 2019 are General Admission, meaning that your ticket does not assign you an allocated seat at the venue. These are free-seating and available on a first-come-first-served basis on the day of the performance/event. We encourage all ticket holders to reach the venue at least 30 minutes before the performance to secure your seats.

The following SIFA 2019 shows are General Admissions (free-seating):

At the Festival House, there are also events with free admissions. However, these may require registrations due to venue capacity. The full festival line-up will be announced on 25 February. 

What happens if I lose my tickets?

To expedite resolutions to lost/stolen tickets, please prepare the following before calling +65 6348 5555 for assistance: 

Only tickets for reserved seating can be replaced for a service fee of $5.00 per ticket.
Lost / Stolen General Admission (GA) tickets cannot be replaced.

For more information, please click here.

What happens if I can’t make it for the performance? Would a refund be possible? 

Unless you have purchased SISTIC’s Ticket Protector online, a refund would not be possible. Unclaimed seats may be given to walk-in patrons. 
For more information on SISTIC’s Ticket Protector, please click here.


SIFA 2019 Programmes & Festival House

Why are there shows still waiting for ratings to be advised?
There are some shows that are still pending ratings from IMDA. Please continue to check the respective programme pages for the latest updates.
Alternatively, you can write to us at with your request to be updated on the statuses of certain shows.

What are the films showing at Singular Screens for SIFA 2018?
The film line-up will be release at a later date, please continue to check the programme page here for the latest updates.
If you would like to be updated on the Singular Screens line-up, please write to us at

How does restricted age compare to advisory age?
In the case of advisory rating, Arts entertainment with an Advisory rating will be accompanied by consumer advice to enable the public, especially parents, to make an informed choice for their children.

In the case of restricted age, this is an enforceable category where arts companies and event organisers have to ensure that no one below the permissible age is allowed into the performance venue. Consumer advice will also be provided as early as possible for potential audience members to make an informed choice.

Late Seating
Patrons are encouraged to be at the venue at least 30 minutes before the performance time listed on your ticket. As a general practice, please be seated 15 minutes before the performance start time.

To respect to the performers and other audience members, latecomers will only be admitted into the venues at a suitable break. This varies from performance to performance. For some performances, there might be no latecomers admission or latecomers may be admitted only after first interval.

Is there any etiquette audiences should take note of?
The use of mobile phones, paging devices, cameras and other recording devices, and any other devices that emit light, are not allowed during performances unless otherwise stated.

Is photography and videography allowed during the performances?
Unless otherwise stated, photography and videography are not allowed.


Get Involved

How can I volunteer for SIFA?
SIFA is made possible because of passionate individuals like yourself who love and wish to contribute to the arts. 

SIFA is made possible because of passionate individuals like yourself who love and wish to contribute to the arts. SIFA 2019 is currently recruiting Festival Ambassadors who will be instrumental at making the festival a success.

To be a Festival Ambassador, do register your interest or share your questions about the programme at

Closing date for SIFA Festival Ambassador registration will be on Friday, 15 March 2019.


For individual or corporate entities who would like to contribute to SIFA, are there any partnership and sponsorship opportunities available?
Yes, there certainly are! For more information, click here.

If you have further enquires, you may send an email to us at

Alternatively, you may write to us at Singapore International Festival of Arts 2019, 28 Aliwal Street, #03-05, Singapore 199918. We strive to get back to you as soon as possible.