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.
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.
While there isn’t a mobile app for the Festival, there are various ways to stay informed! You can download our festival guide here.
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.
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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.
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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 2020 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.
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 in February.
To expedite resolutions to lost/stolen tickets, please prepare the following before calling +65 6348 5555 for assistance:
- - Transaction number
- - Event title
- - Number of tickets purchased
- - Name and NRIC/FIN number
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.
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SIFA 2020 Programmes & Festival House
Alternatively, you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request to be updated on the statuses of certain shows.
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.
We are sorry to inform you that once the programme is sold out, there will not be any waiting list or extra slots.
Registered guests would have to show up at least 15 minutes before the free programme. If the registered guests are not there by 15 minutes before the programme, SIFA reserves the right to offer the seats to the walk-in guests. However, SIFA will not be able to guarantee seats for walk-in guests.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Closing date for SIFA Festival Ambassador registration will be on Monday, 1 April 2019.
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If you have further enquiries, you may send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you may write to us at Singapore International Festival of Arts 2020, 28 Aliwal Street, #03-05, Singapore 199918. We strive to get back to you as soon as possible.