Following the cancellation of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2020, Arts House Limited (AHL) together with festival commissioner National Arts Council (NAC) have requested Gaurav Kripalani to stay on in his current capacity as Festival Director for one more year. With SIFA 2021, Kripalani is set to complete the audience journey he envisioned over his tenure.
Said Kripalani: “The response to the 2020 line-up was overwhelmingly positive. It was heartbreaking for us to make the necessary decision not to go ahead. I would like to thank AHL and NAC for the chance to move as many of the shows as possible from this year to next year, especially the four Singapore commissions. Art reflects our collective conscious. It is a mirror we hold up to look back on the year we would have all lived through in 2020 as well as look at the new future ahead for society. As our national festival, I want SIFA 2021 to not only ask those questions, but also to be an opportunity for us all to come together in a communal bonding to celebrate life.”
Previously, SIFA 2020 was set to have four local commissions making their world premieres, namely Three Sisters by Nine Years Theatre, OIWA – The Ghost of Yotsuya by The Finger Players, The Year of No Return by The Necessary Stage and A Dream Under the Southern Bough: Existence by Toy Factory Productions. All four of these commissions will receive the opportunity to be presented during SIFA 2021.
Said AHL CEO Sarah Martin: “In this day and age, it is important to be able to adapt to changing situations, and SIFA continues to embody the spirit of adaptability and evolution. In the last two editions, Kripalani has brought SIFA from strength to strength and we believe this legacy will continue to see Asia’s pinnacle arts festival reach new heights in 2021. In the meantime, AHL looks forward to journeying alongside Natalie – the team and I are excited to witness her future success and how she will continue to cement SIFA’s identity as a global arts festival.”
Festival Director Designate Natalie Hennedige, previously slated to take over the mantle from Gaurav in 2021, has agreed to helm the Festival from 2022 to 2024. Over the next few months, Kripalani and the SIFA team will be presenting a series of digital programmes to bring the communities together. More information will be announced later in May 2020.
The Singapore International Festival of the Arts 2020 was originally slated to run from 15th to 31st May 2020, but was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It will return in 2021. For more information, visit their website