01 Mar '12, 9pm

Art should be for everybody, not just the well-heeled and well-educated, a reader writes

The Arts and Culture Strategic Review Committee's report has put forth bold measures to change the arts scene here. One is reminded of British sitcom Yes Minister, where the fictional permanent secretary argued for continued subsidy of opera and theatre against his minister's plan to subsidise more mainstream forms of art. The committee identified that only four in 10 Singaporeans attend at least one arts and culture event a year. This is unsurprising, given the abundance of activities, from going to the movies to spending evenings at the park or a shopping centre, to choose from in cosmopolitan Singapore - choices that appear more enjoyable than listening to Bach at the Esplanade. But is it healthy that Singaporeans perceive that going to the concert hall or attending a play is esoteric? Art must not be seen as a proposition enjoyed by only the well-heeled and well-educat...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC120302-0000085/Makin...

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