Singapore International Festival Of Arts will feature live performances this December

Following the return of small-scale concerts in the country

The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) has announced that a number of live performances have been scheduled for December.

The return of live programming to SIFA was shared following the news that Singapore has permitted small crowds of up to a maximum of 100-person audiences for live performances.

Limited shows from SIFA’s programming – which are currently running until December 29 – will take place in front of a live audience, and will follow strict social distancing regulations that have been put in place by the Singapore government.

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The first two live performances will feature electronic Singaporean composer Planeswalker on December 9 and experimental sound artist Zul Mahmod  on December 16 at the Goodman Arts Centre Black Box. Limited tickets are currently available at S$15.

Both artists will only host one live performance, although the performances can be purchased and replayed on a Video On Demand model from December 14 till December 21 for Planeswalker, and December 21 till December 28 for Zul Mahmod.

The Jazz At Play: 7 Songs At Christmas programme will also feature live performances at the Victoria Theatre from December 17 till December 19, from 8pm onwards priced at S$50 for a single pass, or $120 for a bundle of three passes.

Each performance will feature two sets that span 45 minutes and seven songs from prominent local jazz acts such as Wei 5 featuring Alemay Fernandez, Aaron James Lee Group featuring Richard Jackson, Rani Singam, and The Steve McQueens. The complete performance schedule for Jazz At Play: 7 Songs At Christmas – and tickets – can be found here.

The remainder of SIFA’s programming through the commencement of the festival – including a performance from weish of Singaporean electronic duo .gif from December 23 till December 29 – are currently scheduled to run digitally, as originally announced.

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Other forms of digital programming that SIFA will be offering this year include a new in-conversation podcast series from conductor Lien Boon Hua titled Unboxing New Music has also been announced.

Two episodes will be aired. The first, “Sounds Of Asia”, will be a full-length digital concert that highlights new original compositions from the Southeast Asian region. The second edition will be released in December on SIFA All-Access, and will feature bite-sized videos of new music pieces.

Singaporean Carnatic fusion band Varsha’s 2019 ‘Impulse’ is also currently available for viewing until November 15 for free via YouTube or the official SIFA website.

The complete list of programmes announced for SIFA from now till December 2020 can be found here.

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