National Arts Council (NAC) has released a filmlet starring seven Singaporean artists across art forms, including Indian dance pioneer and 1990 Cultural Medallion recipient Santha Bhaskar.
Launched as part of the #SGCultureAnywhere campaign, the 30-second piece showcases the wonder of Singapore’s art, and portrays resilience and versatility of our artists who have been seeking new ways to bring the arts to Singaporeans even during this challenging period.
It was produced by Chuan Pictures and directed by acclaimed local director and 2002 Young Artist Award recipient Royston Tan.
This is also the first time the seven artists are coming together in this visual medley to showcase the robust and vibrant arts scene in Singapore – from music, dance and theatre to traditional, literary and visual arts.
Besides Santha Bhaskar, the other artists include novelist and 2007 Cultural Medallion recipient Isa Kamari; jazz vocalist Joanna Dong; music composer and sound artist, 2012 Young Artist Award recipient Darren Ng; principal dancer of Singapore Dance Theatre Kwok Min Yi; theatre actress and 2014 Young Artist Award recipient Siti Khalijah; as well as visual artist Farizwan Fajari (Speak Cryptic).
Together, they embody the spirit of the arts community to make arts and culture available for all to enjoy.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for the arts sector on many fronts," said Paul Tan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Planning and Corporate Development), NAC. "But as we work towards the gradual resumption of live performances in our arts spaces, this filmlet hopes to remind us of the power of the arts and celebrates the best of our home-grown talents.”
The #SGCultureAnywhere campaign brings together the best of Singapore’s arts and culture digital offerings on one integrated platform on the A-list to be enjoyed and experienced, anytime and anywhere. Beyond individual artists, arts groups have been stepping forward in their digitalisation efforts with the support of the Arts and Culture Resilience Package to turn this crisis into opportunity.