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Festival: Singapore International Piano Festival

Singapore International Piano Festival

June 4th – 7th, 2020

Why should you go to the Singapore International Piano Festival?

There’s no other festival like this in South East Asia! So if you’re a piano fan, this is the festival for you.

Where is it?

The festival is held every year in the iconic Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore. The Victoria Concert Hall was first established in 1862, making it not only one of the most recognisable but also one of the oldest landmarks in Singapore. The Victoria Concert Hall is a national monument nestled in the city’s Civic District.

How to get there?

Singapore is an exceptionally well-connected international city. Changi Airport has regular flights to and from Europe, the United States and neighbouring countries in Asia. The island is very easy to navigate your way round and the city is very compact. You can take the MRT (metro) from the airport to the concert hall – the closest stations are City Hall and Raffles Place. More information on parking and bus numbers can be found here.

Local accommodation

There are a number of excellent hotels nearby, catering for a range of tastes and wallets. Go to visitsingapore.com for more information

What can tourists visit nearby?

The Victoria Concert Hall is located in one of the most historic areas of the city: in the immediate vicinity there is the National Gallery of Singapore, the Asian Civilizations Museum and The Arts House. Within a few minutes by taxi or public transport there’s the iconic three-towered Marina Bay Sands, Raffles Hotel, Gardens by the Bay and much, much more.

What type of programmes do you have?

Each year the Singapore International Piano Festival invites four of the world’s top pianists to perform a solo recital in the Victoria Concert Hall across four consecutive days (this year, 4-7 June 2020). The programme is varied and this year spans music from the 18th century to the present day. Alongside the four recitals there’ll also be two masterclasses held during the festival.

What are the venues like?

All events are held in the Victoria Concert Hall, which was built between 1902 and 1905. The building has a colourful history – it was used as a makeshift hospital during World War II and war crime trials were held in the building after the war. In 2010 it closed its doors for extensive renovation and reopened in 2014 as one of Singapore’s most magnificent performance venues. The masterclasses are held in the Victoria Concert Hall Dance Studio, which is part of the same complex.

Dress code

Singapore is very lucky to experience summer all year round, and it is extremely humid. However, Singaporeans also enjoy air conditioning, so the Concert Hall actually gets quite chilly. We would recommend bringing along a layer or two to the recitals. There’s no dress code for the concerts, but most audience members dress smart-casual for performances.

Food & Drink

There are a number of dining options near the Victoria Concert Hall. There is a fine dining restaurant located within the venue called Sinfonia Ristorante. For more casual dining options, you might like to try Privé Restaurant at the Asian Civilizations Museum and Timbre X at The Arts House.

For full information, visit the Singapore International Piano Festival website.

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