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The What’s News section provides current and past information from articles in publications, events featuring Foundation-supported artists, and other highlights about our charitable organization and our partners. Visit this page often to stay tuned into the latest.

Joanna Dong and Chok Kerong kick start “The Series” with ‘‘第一章’ (The First Chapter)’ by Bandwagon

Joanna Dong and Chok Kerong kick start “The Series” with ‘‘第一章’ (The First Chapter)’ by Bandwagon

Singaporean Jazz-vocalist Joanna Dong teamed up with composer Chok Kerong to release ‘第一章’ (The First Chapter) on the 24th of September, marking the first in the UTOPIA Reimagined series “The Series” – which will see four artists reimagining a symphony written by Russian composer Vladimir Martynov and recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Jazz Vocalist Joanna Dong Releases Single Inspired by Symphony about Singapore

Jazz Vocalist Joanna Dong Releases Single Inspired by Symphony about Singapore

Press Release: Singaporean jazz singer Joanna Dong’s new single titled 《第一章》will be released on 24 September on major digital platforms, the first in the UTOPIA Reimagined Series (“the Series”) – an initiative by the Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise (“The Foundation”) that will see four artists reimagine a symphony inspired by Singapore, written by a Russian composer and recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO).

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Robb Report Singapore’s Thought Leaders of 2021

Robb Report Singapore’s Thought Leaders of 2021

Michael Tay’s early interest in philosophy has profoundly shaped the way he thinks about issues and trends – simultaneously teaching him how to seek underlying motivations and causes in the area of problem-solving. This, together with his passion for the arts and its place in society, led to the genesis of Foundation for the Arts and Social Enterprise, which aims to pin Singapore’s art scene onto the world map.

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Video: ‘ Making Of UTOPIA Symphony’ The Trailer

Video: ‘ Making Of UTOPIA Symphony’ The Trailer

We’re featuring two-minute ‘sizzle reel’ featuring thoughts from those involved with this epic symphony inspired by the island republic of Singapore. The full ‘Making of UTOPIA Symphony’ documentary will premiere in June 2021. Stay tuned as we continue to roll out the One Million Towards UTOPIA campaign to culminate in a full concert in Singapore in 2022.

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New Release Round-Up – 13th November 2020 by Presto Classical

New Release Round-Up – 13th November 2020 by Presto Classical

Made at Abbey Road last year in the presence of the composer, this is the world premiere recording of Martynov’s Utopia Symphony, which began life in 2005 as Singapore: A Geopolitical Utopia and sets text adapted from passages of the Tao Te Ching; the orchestra have history with the Russian composer’s music, having premiered his Dante-inspired opera-oratorio Vita Nuova in 2009.

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A Virtual Tribute To Ode To Joy by The Straits Times

A Virtual Tribute To Ode To Joy by The Straits Times

The Foundation is proud to be a supporting partner of Beethoven Im Garten 2020 with the German Embassy in Singapore. Due to the impact of COVID-19, this year’s concert in the park has taken on a digital incarnation. Read about the project in this article from official media partner, The Straits Times.

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GMX Trio x The Steve McQueens

GMX Trio x The Steve McQueens

The Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise proudly presented GMX Trio's debut performance in Singapore at Voilah! Festival 2019 with a two-night, double-bill concert that also shone the...

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Rock and Indie Festival (RIF) 2019

Rock and Indie Festival (RIF) 2019

RIF is an annual music festival held at LASALLE College of the Arts. Started in 2017, it is a platform for local musicians to showcase their talents on a professional stage and expand their audience reach. RIF features LASALLE students and alumni as well as well-known acts. Beyond being just a music festival, RIF is a celebration of music bringing musicians and music enthusiasts together and making it a must-go on the annual festival calendar.

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Charlie Lim Concert

Charlie Lim Concert

Three years after the release of his critically-acclaimed debut 'TIME/SPACE', Foundation-supported artiste, Charlie Lim, staged his first ever solo concert at Star Vista on 7 December 2018, Friday,...

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A Symphony for Singapore by The Peak

A Symphony for Singapore by The Peak

At its second annual fundraiser, the Foundation for the Arts and Social Enterprise unveils a slew of ambitious projects. Up to now, music celebrating Singapore is generally known to be National Day anthems, but Michael Tay, the founder of arts charity Foundation for the Arts and Social Enterprise, has grander plans for the aural homage to the city-state’s achievements.

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The Anti-Gala Foundation Party 2018

The Anti-Gala Foundation Party 2018

We brought back The Foundation Party on 7 October 2018 – a party like no other; confounding the traditional model of the charity gala, which sadly leads to more investments in opulence than the objects of charity. Combining the elegance of art nouveau with a sense of the monumental, we took over the gorgeous Atlas Bar for yet another memorable night.

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Singapore Magazine: A Stage for Singapore

Singapore Magazine: A Stage for Singapore

Arts philanthropist Michael Tay, a former ambassador and a former director-general of ASEAN-Singapore, talks about the value of non-traditional diplomacy and how the real agents of change in regional and global processes are people and ideas.

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Kumari Nahappan

Kumari Nahappan

Kumari Nahappan is a prominent artist in the region of Southeast Asia; her practice encompasses inter-disciplinary genres, painting, sculpture and installations. She has forged a reputation for effectively reconciling the language of “international contemporary art” with her own vocabulary and developing a visual identity that is decisively shaped by her cultural roots and beliefs.

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The Anti-Gala Foundation Party 2017

The Anti-Gala Foundation Party 2017

The inaugural Anti-Gala was the first charity event of its kind in Singapore. Aiming to subvert the typical charity gala, which often leads to more investments in opulence than the objects of charity, the Anti-Gala is a party like no other. In its first edition, we raised more than $100,000 through tickets, donations and a silent auction.

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