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Sinema.SG LIVE! Episode #16: Alvin Tan from The Necessary Stage1 min read

20 March 2020 < 1 min read


Sinema.SG LIVE! Episode #16: Alvin Tan from The Necessary Stage1 min read

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On this episode of Sinema.SG LIVE! we speak with Alvin Tan, Founder & Artistic Director of The Necessary Stage, and Founder of Artscomm. We discuss COVID-19’s impact on the Theatre sector, and the Creative and Cultural Industry as a whole.

(0:18) Start of episode
(1:32) Alvin’s introduction
(3:00) What was it like in 1987?
(7:40) Discussing Alvin’s role as Co-Director of the M1 Fringe Festival from 2005 to 2014
(9:45) What is your favourite piece of work that you have directed?
(14:03) Discussing Artscomm
(18:46) Different sector leaders taking ownership within the industry
(23:40) What would Singapore be like without a Creative, Arts and Cultural scene?
(30:10) How has COVID-19 affected your work?
(33:18) Addressing the audience
(36:59) Do you think the Budget 2020 measures introduced are sufficient?
(40:00) Are egos, competitiveness and self interests keeping us from working together?
(41:31) Discussing if taking an alternative mindset allows us to do better
(43:58) The communal storage initiative
(48:04) Is there something we can learn from actions taken by the industries from different parts of the world?
(53:16) Appeal to the government to help with delaying certain payments
(57:29) Some initiatives by communities from the rest of the world
(1:03:33) Conclusion

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