FROM THE EDITOR
Singapore is used to hosting and building world class events such as the Formula 1 night race. But it is less accustomed to once famous and crowd drawing events cancelling , as was the case with Art Stage Singapore, which pulled the plug on its event just 8 days before it was due to start, as we write about in our cover story on page 32.
Perhaps this is a sanguine lesson that even though we may be literally “building it” with extra exhibition space at the IR’S, ensuring “they will come” is another harder matter entirely. The reasons for the cancellation are well documented in the story and may be unique to the art market. But the risk that Singapore may be building out lots of new exhibition space without enough thought and support for new crowd and tourist pulling events to fill them needs to be reckoned with.
Certainly the Rugby 7’s at Kallang is a great drawcard but even then, the stadium remains but a half full. More integration between facilities and events needs to happen to ensure Singapore not only stays ahead in Southeast Asia, but for it to become a must visit more than once destination from those further afield in China and indeed, the world.
As we look forward to the opening of the Jewel Changi and the 15,000 capacity indoor entertainment space as part of the Marina Bay Sands Extension, let’s hope that we can draw enough high quality acts to perform there to keep the tourist industry growing.