Singapore International Festival of Arts

Inaugurated in 1977, the annual arts festival went on a hiatus after 2012 and returned in 2014 under the baton of Festival Director Ong Keng Sen. With the mission to artistically reinvigorate and transform the festival, Ong renamed it Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA). He initiated The O.P.E.N., a pre-festival of ideas to engage diverse audiences with the ideas, issues and themes of SIFA. Today, SIFA is the premier national performing arts festival managed by the Arts House Limited and commissioned by the National Arts Council. It aims to inspire through great international and Singapore artistic experiences in performance, theatre, dance and music.

The theme for 2017: ENCHANTMENT

The curatorial theme for SIFA 2017 is “Enchantment”.

“The overall effect of enchantment is a mood of fullness, plenitude, or liveliness, a sense of having had one’s nerves or circulation or concentration powers turned up or recharged – a shot in the arm, a fleeting return to childlike excitement about life.”

~ Jane Bennett, The Enchantment of Modern Life, 2001

  • Enchantment will bring us back to the unusual and unexpected of everyday life
  • Enchantment is animating pleasure.
  • Enchantment in this age of disenchantment is to stay connected to issues, to still believe, to still engage because it is important.
  • Enchantment is opposed to cynicism for “cynicism reduces expectations of the State and thus diminishes the will to respond collectively to injustices.”
  • Enchantment is an antidote against populism, alienation, against excessive rationality and control.
  • Enchantment is about moments of pure presence in a future of ethical generosity.




What is the Singapore International Festival of Arts?
The annual arts festival series returns with a brand new name, concept and approach as the Singapore International Festival of Arts or SIFA. Organised independently by the Arts House Limited, and commissioned by the National Arts Council, it aims to inspire diverse audiences through great artistic experiences. From 2014 – 2017, SIFA is helmed by Founding Festival Director Ong Keng Sen.

When is SIFA 2017 held?
SIFA begins with The O.P.E.N., its pre-festival of ideas and public engagement. The O.P.E.N. begins from 28 June to 30 July, while SIFA runs from 5 August to 9 September.

Is there an 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, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Late seating
Patrons are encouraged to be at the venue at least 30 minutes before the performance start time. As a general practice, please be seated 15 minutes before the performance start time. With 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, latecomers may be admitted only after first interval.

If you leave a performance after it has commenced, you will only be re-admitted at a suitable break.

We regret any inconvenience and disappointment this may cause latecomers.

You did not manage to answer my question. How do I contact you?
Please email us at sifa@artshouse.sg. Alternatively, you can write to us at

Singapore International Festival of Arts 2016
28 Aliwal Street #03-07, Aliwal Arts Centre, Singapore 199918. 


How can I purchase tickets to the performances?
SISTIC is SIFA’s official box office partner. Visit their website or their counters island-wide to purchase tickets from 20 April 2017.
Alternatively, you may choose to select 'Buy Ticket' at the specific event pages.

Can I purchase tickets at the door?
Yes, tickets will be available at the door, however these are subject to availability. For better seats, we would encourage you to pre-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 2017 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. There are also events with free admissions. However these may require pre-booking or registrations. Please refer to the respective event pages for details.

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.

Are there any packages, discounts or concessions provided?

Yes, there are discounts and concessions available. Please refer to our Ticketing page for more details.

Are there any service charge or additional fees?
SISTIC charges administrative/service fees for transactions.

When will the tickets be available for purchase?

Tickets will be available from 20 April 2017 at all SISTIC outlets. This year, two programmes (Open Homes and Guilty Landscapes III) will require registration. Kindly find out about the registration process here.

SIFA 2017
SIFA 2017

The SIFA 2017 programme will be released in April.
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Thank you.