05 Feb '12, 6am

Keeping Singapore's traditional arts alive

Keeping Singapore's traditional arts alive

SINGAPORE: The National Arts Council is planning a slew of marketing initiatives for the next five years, hoping the make-over can help sustain the traditional arts in these modern times. East meets West with surprising results. A concert with jazz musician Chris Brubeck is an example of how the Singapore Chinese Orchestra is reinventing how orchestral music is perceived. Besides jazz, it's also teamed up with deejays from a pop music station, showing that being traditional can also be hip. "If you don't stay rooted, you will forgo the essence of the form of the music. But if you don't explore possibilities and opportunities, you're not going to attract new audiences," said Terence Ho, general manager of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. For Era Dance Theatre, the way to do it is to introduce traditional Malay arts in bite-sized pieces. It recently staged a wayang kulit - o...

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