16 Jul '11, 5am

Cringing @ the govtspeak but hey, good news at least The arts add to economy and shape the nation:PM Lee

SINGAPORE - It helps to drive Singapore's economy and contributes to society in many ways, but more importantly, the arts also help to shape Singapore's identity as a nation, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Speaking at the official opening of the School of the Arts (SOTA) at their new campus yesterday, Mr Lee said the arts enrich Singapore's heritage, and promote cultural understanding and social dialogue. It also inspires Singaporeans to "express our dreams and aspirations" and ultimately enhances Singapore's attractiveness as "an endearing home", he said. Key projects such as the National Art Gallery - due to open officially in 2015 - and the National Design Centre add to Singapore's status as "The Global City in Asia" and a vibrant arts scene helps to make Singapore a leading cultural capital in Asia, said Mr Lee. The Government will do more to grow the arts in Sin...

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