28 May '12, 10am

FROM OUR ARCHIVES | #BensonPuah on how the arts scene in #Singapore has developed, and where it's headed

FROM OUR ARCHIVES | #BensonPuah on how the arts scene in #Singapore has developed, and where it's headed

Benson Puah, 54, is a busy man. After 20 years in hospitality and tourism, he helmed The Esplanade for over a decade, and is now a year and a half into his appointment as CEO of the National Arts Council. While development of the arts in Singapore is still in its embryonic stages – after overcoming one obstacle, another quickly appears – Puah has succeeded in transforming our beloved ‘double durian’ into one of the world’s busiest arts centres, and presses on in growing the industry as a whole through co-producing and commissioning new works, training skilled arts professionals and encouraging people to find their artistic voice. To honour him, the French government knighted him for his contributions to the arts in Singapore in 2010. He tells TOS how attitudes towards the arts are changing, and what it has been like shaping the local landscape in pursuit of our quest to be...

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