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Believe it or not, Singapore does have a flourishing arts scene that is only starting to burst onto the global stage. The city offers a diverse range of galleries, concerts and theatrical productions that collectively do their bit to dispel notions of this country being a dour, no-nonsense state.

While it's true that the arts here still have some way to go before they can match the grit or rebellious streak common in the offerings of other cities, the local arts scene more than makes up for this with verve and sheer professionalism.

Singaporeans are showing a growing interest in the arts, especially those in younger set. And, in turn, developments over the years have added a host of ultra-modern venues for Singaporeans and visitors alike to enjoy the finer side of life. These include the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, affectionately known by Singaporeans as the 'durian' because of its eye-catching facade. The Esplanade hosts world-class local and international performances, while smaller venues elsewhere offer more intimate, avant-garde shows.

With a spiky bug-eyed design, Esplanade Theatres on The Bay is unofficially named after a spiky fruit that Singaporeans love - the durian. The Esplanade Theatre, compr...
Slowly but surely, Singapore is carving for herself an indelible niche in the international classical and contemporary musical arts scene, with the [[Singapore Symphony O...
The first purpose-built art-house cinema in Singapore, the Picturehouse has been airing independent films from World Cinema to Asian Cinema to International Film Winners ...
Tucked within the Arts House, the Screening Room is an intimate 75-seat film theatre. Once a space for administrative duties in the Old Parliament House, it has now been ...
As the only professional Chinese orchestra in Singapore, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) takes pride in its distinctive sound. Although the modern large Chinese orc...
Located behind the Plaza Singapura shopping mall at the top of Mount Sophia is an independent cinema, the Sinema Old School. Set up by Old School and Sinema.SG, the Sinem...
Otherwise also known as Malay Opera, Bangsawan likely developed from a type of Indian theatre performance brought to Southeast Asia by Indian travellers in the 19th centu...
Indian classical music is one of the oldest forms of music in the world. Its melodic and staccato nature sets it apart from other genres and pays tribute to its roots, wh...
Malay classical music can be divided into three types: dance related forms, folk-theatre related forms and independent forms. In Singapore, the Orkestra Melayu Singapura ...
In Singapore, lion dance performances are common during the Chinese New Year, as they are regarded as auspicious. A Chinese family would welcome the lion dance troupe int...
Chinese opera is deeply ingrained in Chinese culture, going back as far as the Song Dynasty in 960. This traditional art form was brought to Singapore by the massive wave...