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Updated: 05/02/2013 20:37 | By Channel NewsAsia

New organiser for S'pore Arts Fest

New organiser for S'pore Arts Fest

New organiser for S'pore Arts Fest

SINGAPORE: A new arts company has been formed to organise and manage the Singapore Arts Festival.

Arts Festival Limited will be headed by Lee Chor Lin, who's currently director of the National Museum of Singapore, while renowned arts practitioner Ong Keng Sen will be appointed as the company's festival director.

The Singapore Arts Festival was put on hiatus this year and will return in 2014.

During the time-out, a festival review committee has offered ideas for improvement, including ways for the industry to take the lead in driving the event.

The National Arts Council said the new company will help the Arts Festival develop an identity of its own.

Arts groups Channel NewsAsia spoke with welcomed the move to have the new company headed by arts practitioners.

They hope the company will give greater autonomy to the arts community.

Artistic Director of The Necessary Stage, Alvin Tan said: "If we are looking at sensitive work, or works that might have had problems in the past with MDA (Media Development Authority) or with MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs), would this company then have the power, or the leverage to talk about these works?

"Would there be artistic weight so it can kind of transcend all the restrictions that artistes have been facing when they are doing their own works." - CNA/ck

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