FAQS

General

What is the Singapore International Festival of Arts or SIFA?

As Singapore’s annual pinnacle 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 2020, 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?
What is the Festival House?
Who is the organiser of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2020?
Where can I find the SIFA 2020 Festival Guides:
Is there a mobile application I can download for the festival?
What are the resources available for media?

Ticketing

How can I purchase tickets to the performance?
To purchase tickets online, please visit sifa.sg
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?
For the $10 Student Front Row tickets, is there a listing of the selected shows which such tickets are available for?
How do I get $10 tickets?
For the $10 Student Front Row tickets, are teachers able to buy them in bulk on behalf of students?
Can I purchase tickets at the door?
Would the seats be pre-assigned or am I able to choose where I sit?
What happens if I lose my tickets?
What happens if I can’t make it for the performance? Would a refund be possible?

SIFA 2020 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 sifa@artshouse.sg with your request to be updated on the statuses of certain shows.
How does restricted age compare to advisory age?
I tried registering for free programmes but they are full, will I be placed on a waiting list?
Late Seating
Is there any etiquette audiences should take note of?
Is photography and videography allowed during the performances?

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 sifavolunteer@artshouse.sg.

Closing date for SIFA Festival Ambassador registration will be on Monday, 1 April 2019.

For individual or corporate entities who would like to contribute to SIFA, are there any partnership and sponsorship opportunities available?