Tuesday, June 3, 2008
When Singapore’s Esplanade arts complex opened in 2002, there was strong opposition from the media and business establishments. They wanted to know how the government justified such a costly development ($461M) in a country where so few people cared about the arts, and how the hell were they going to fill the 2000 seat complex. Six years later, the critics have been silenced as the Esplanade has become Singapore’s cultural heart. With its 1600-seat concert hall, two theatre studios which each seat 200-250 people, outdoor performance space and foyer art displays, the centre is an example of how aggressively Singapore has grabbed the cultural baton and run with it. Read more from 'The Australian' article here.