Great Singapore Arts for Great Britain!

Singapore is set to take the chill out of winter when it brings the UK’s largest Singaporean film festival, [SIN] eFest, as well as the British premiere of a new operatic musical “Raffles of Singapore”, to our shores this November.

London will roll out the red carpet for the inaugural edition of [Sin]efest, Britain’s biggest Singapore film festival, which will take place between 11th-13th November 2010. The independent film festival will showcase five feature-length Singaporean films and several shorts over the course of three days, including the UK premieres of Ho Tzu Nyen’s innovative experimental film Here and documentary Invisible City by Tan Pin Pin.

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Rising young Singaporean filmmaker Boo Junfeng’s Sandcastle will open the festival and will be preceded by a special opening reception with complimentary Tiger Beer. Sandcastle has been one of Singapore’s most critically-acclaimed films of this year having received rapturous applause during Critics’ Week in Cannes. Boo Junfeng, who is overseeing [Sin]efest, will be in London during the festival to support his film and take part in special filmmaker and educational workshops. All film screenings will take place at Birkbeck Cinema at Gordon Square, central London.

UK residents can enjoy additional Singaporean arts the same month when the UK premiere of “Raffles of Singapore” takes to the stage at the Kenton Theatre in Henley-on-Thames. This new musical has been produced by Henley Operatic Society and traces the unique and moving riches-to-rags story of Sir Stamford Raffles, who is best known for his founding of the city of Singapore. While essentially a historical costume piece, there will be plenty of humour, uplifting melodies and dazzling musical numbers to entertain audiences of every age.

“Raffles of Singapore” will be running between 12th and 20th November 2010. As a special one-off activity, traditional Singaporean food will be served in the Green Room on the Singapore Sunday performance on 14th November 2010.

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