Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay officially broke ground on Tuesday, 18th June for the construction of its new 550-seat theatre situated along its busy waterfront. In appreciation of Singtel’s generous donation of S$10 million, the performance venue will be named Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade. Opening in 2021, the new theatre will fill the gap between Esplanade’s large venues and smaller studio spaces, and enable the national arts centre to further support future generations of artists and arts groups to create new works that tell Singapore and Asian stories and widen its engagement with various communities.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Ms Grace Fu who officiated the groundbreaking ceremony of the Singtel Waterfront Theatre said: “As Singapore’s national performing arts centre, Esplanade plays a key role in nurturing our talents and bringing people from all walks of life together through the arts. The new Singtel Waterfront Theatre will support Esplanade in developing and presenting a greater diversity of productions for everyone to enjoy. It will also serve as a launch pad for homegrown artistes and arts groups to scale up their productions for bigger audiences, both in Singapore and overseas.”
Ms Chua Sock Koong, Singtel Group CEO said: “It has been a year since we made a commitment to help develop Esplanade’s exciting new medium-sized waterfront theatre and today, we are extremely pleased to witness the groundbreaking ceremony that marks a significant milestone for the project. With this commitment, we’ve extended our support for the arts beyond the visual to include the performing arts. Singtel has always been an ardent supporter of the arts given our ongoing support for the National Gallery of Singapore and our own corporate art collection where we further champion local artists. We hope our contribution will encourage the next generation of performance artists who will bring fresh perspectives to issues that matter to people, and we very much look forward to the theatre’s completion in 2021.”
As construction begins for Singtel Waterfront Theatre, Esplanade is also launching a series of new fundraising initiatives, which are designed for a spectrum of supporters, from the general public, to philanthropists and foundations. These include Ground Up, where donors play a game and pledge $10 per plot of land, matched dollar for dollar by Founding Donor, Bowen Enterprises Pte Ltd.; Gift A Seat, where donors will be recognised on the Esplanade’s donor boards, receive an exclusive guided pre-opening tour and more; and Adopt A Space, aimed at philanthropists and companies to adopt the spaces at the Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade, including the Waterfront Linkway, the Green Room, and the Dressing Rooms.
Mr Lee Tzu Yang, Chairman, The Esplanade Co Ltd, said, “We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our parent ministry MCCY, Principal Founding Donor Singtel, Founding Donors of Singtel Waterfront Theatre, and many others for supporting us in our next stage of development as Singapore’s national performing arts centre. To raise funds for our new theatre, we will add on to conventional fundraising to come up with innovative ways to create awareness for our new theatre and build affinity with our supporters.”
In celebration of the development of the new theatre, Esplanade and its Mall tenant Makansutra Gluttons Bay have jointly organised The Food Stage, a special street food experience that features exclusive off-menu items such as 4 Cheese Murtabak, Carrot Cake “Fries” with BBQ Wings, Laksa Seafood Stew, Soft Shell Crab Mui Fan and many more. Makansutra has also pledged a donation of $100,000 to Esplanade which will go towards Singtel Waterfront Theatre.
For more information on Esplanade’s next stage of development and Singtel Waterfront Theatre, visit their website at www.esplanade.com/thenextstage