New cultural agreement signed between Australia and Singapore

Media Release

Attorney-General
Senator The Hon George Brandis QC

30 June 2015

Australia and Singapore have signed a significant cultural agreement which will bring new opportunities to collaborate and showcase Australian creative talent overseas.

The Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Arts and Culture between Australia and Singapore was signed yesterday in Singapore by Mr Philip Green OAM, Australia’s High Commissioner to Singapore and Ms Yeoh Chee Yan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture, of Singapore.

The cultural agreement builds on a strong existing relationship and will foster increased collaboration between artists, cultural institutions and organisations through reciprocal visits, residencies, professional exchanges, sharing research and exhibition partnerships.

The vibrant relationships the countries share in the arts is in evidenced by the recently launched ‘50 Bridges’ project; Australia's contribution to Singapore's 50th anniversary. ‘50 Bridges’ brought public art, puppetry performances, film and BBQs to public areas in Singapore.

Singapore offers international touring, collaboration and market development opportunities for Australian artists, arts companies and cultural institutions. Australian creators and audiences will also benefit from access to Singapore’s unique and diverse arts and culture sector.

The Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia and Mr Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore witnessed the signing of the agreement as part of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, to enhance the longstanding arts and cultural ties between our two countries.

Australia already has a film co-production agreement with Singapore, which has generated $45 million investment since 2008.

The Australian Government is proud to be a signatory of this agreement which will result in new and exciting creative endeavours.

30 June 2015