Singapore’s arts and culture sector continues to grow: Report

Singapore’s arts and culture sector continues to grow: Report
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More people showing greater appreciation for the arts, according to the Singapore Cultural Statistics 2013 Report
Published: 8:42 PM, October 30, 2013
Updated: 4:20 PM, October 31, 2013

SINGAPORE — More people are attending and participating in arts and culture events in Singapore compared to a decade ago, according to the Singapore Cultural Statistics 2013 Report.

More arts activities are also being held across the island, with an average of 23 arts performances and 49 exhibitions happening each day last year, compared to about 10 arts performances and 30 exhibitions 10 years ago.

Ticketed attendance at arts events increased from just under a million in 2003 to almost two million last year.

Meanwhile, total tickets sold for performing arts events increased from 0.7 million in 2004 to 1.2 million last year. Total gross takings have also increased from S$32.8 million in 2004 to S$80.6 million last year.

A year-on-year comparison showed, however, that ticketed attendance and gross takings for performing arts events fell last year, after reaching an all-time high in 2011.

The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) said this was due to the market adjusting itself after the initial spike of popular musicals brought in by the Integrated Resorts when they first started operations.

The report also noted the growing interest of youths in pursuing an arts education in Singapore. The number of students enrolled in full-time tertiary arts courses has increased from 1,860 in 2004 to 4,492 last year.

More arts companies and arts societies are also entering the scene. Last year, there were 1,260 companies and 386 societies, compared to 302 arts companies and 247 societies in 2003.

Government funding for arts and culture increased to S$478.9 million last year, up 10 per cent from 2011.

Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said: “MCCY will continue to step up our efforts in engaging our partners, to improve the quality of arts and heritage experience for Singaporeans, and to bring Singaporeans together to build a shared culture.” CHANNEL NEWSASIA