Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is Singapore’s national performing arts centre. Since its opening in 2002, the centre has presented more than 41,000 performances and activities, drawing an audience of 28 million patrons and 98 million visitors.
Esplanade’s vision is to be a performing arts centre for everyone and its programming is guided by its social mission—to entertain, engage, educate and inspire. The centre’s year-long calendar of about 3,500 arts performances and activities span different cultures, languages and genres including dance, music, theatre, and more. Of these, more than 70% are presented free for all to enjoy.
Esplanade works in close partnership with local, regional and international artists to develop artistic capabilities, push artistic boundaries and engage audiences. The centre supports the creation of artistic content by commissioning and producing new Singapore and Asian work for the international stage. As an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) of the SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), Esplanade conducts a range of courses that develops technical capabilities for the industry nationally.
The crown jewel of Esplanade is the 1,600-seat Concert Hall, which boasts superb adjustable acoustics found only in four other halls globally. There are still the centre’s Theatre and three other studios that are designed for intimate performances. Esplanade is building a new theatre with at least 550 seats along its busy waterfront, opening in 2021.