Plan your artistic adventure through SIFA 2022

Participating in any type of festival requires some planning and Singapore International Arts Festival (SIFA) is no different.

This summer, the internationally renowned artistic event returns bigger than ever, bringing together reality and the digital sphere. Divided into three layers—Creation, Profusion of Life, and SIFA XSIFA 2022 will present a wide range of original works that transcend a multitude of spaces.

SIFA 2022 will take place from May 20 to June 5.

High-level international commissions such as Tricky Spirit Spells by an acclaimed science fiction artist Lucy McRae to multidisciplinary collaborations such as the orchestral film The past and the future, audiences can expect an experience like never before.

With so many moving parts and spaces that exist between the real world and the digital realms, SIFA is a whole and glorious universe of its own. To embark on this spectacular odyssey, you’ll need a road map through the exhilarating turns and enchanting tunnels of the highly anticipated festival.

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The past and the future

The past and the future is a collaborative film directed by one of Singapore’s foremost filmmakers and winner of the Young Artists Award Yeo Siew Hua—who is known for his award-winning film A land reinvented– and members of the esteemed German Berlin Philharmonic. Crossing the worlds of classical music and film, the expanded live cinematic experience explores a not-so-distant future where planet Earth is no longer habitable.

The film follows the human race’s journey to escape extinction as we download our memories and knowledge into a singular entity called The Labyrinth. Testing the limits of love and life, The past and the future explores what it really means to be human.

The past and the future will happen at Esplanade Theater to June 3 at 8 p.m. SGT, June 4 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. SGT, and June 5 at 2 p.m. SGT. Tickets are priced at SGD58, SGD68 and 88 SGD.


Considerably one of the most distinctive and disruptive voices of this generation, Holly Herndon sets her first Asian concert ablaze at SIFA 2022. Combining technology and music, the experimental musician will perform songs from her latest album PROTO which combines a human choir and AI voices.

Guaranteed to be a concert experience like no other, the concert is meant to take audiences on a dynamic and thrilling trek through Herndon’s personal journey, from his childhood experiences in East Tennessee to the late most recent in his life, learning about today’s technological revolutions and music.

Holly Herndon: PROTO will happen on May 20 – 21 at 8 p.m. SGT to Victoria Theater. Tickets are priced at 38 SGD and 48 SGD.

The neon hieroglyph

Unusual, mythical and full of surprises, The neon hieroglyph is the brainchild of out-of-the-box artist Tai Shani. Inspired by lost stories and collective fantasies, the film series translates several historical narratives into a psychedelic world made of hallucinations and living vignettes of the mind.

Referencing several historical stories like a 450-year-old ergot poisoning epidemic in the Alicudi and Paleolithic caves, Shani’s spectacular film sits between fantasy and reality as it takes audiences to through the mind and creative expression of the artist. This iteration of The neon hieroglyph is specially designed for SIFA 2022.

The neon hieroglyph will happen May 27 – 29 at 8 p.m. SGT to Pasir Panjang Power Station. Tickets for the event are priced at 35 SGD.

Tricky Spirit Spells

As part of the SIFA virtual platform abundance of lifeit’s +DREAM content portal, SIFA will preview the commissioned film Tricky Spirit Spells by a famous science fiction artist Lucy McRae. The film-performance reveals the operating systems of the human mind by simultaneously exploring two very different worlds: that of the “Researcher” and that of the “Other”.

Constantly switching between the two perspectives, Tricky Spirit Spells offers an existential exploration of the human psyche and sheds light on how humanity, technology, ethics and science are linked and work together.

The premiere of Lucy Mcrae Tricky Spirit Spells will take place every day from May 20 to June 5 online, with tickets priced at 15 SGD.

Presented by the Singapore International Arts Festival

Christopher S. Washington