For its 13th edition, the Singapore Fringe Festival has chosen the theme of “Art & Skin”, a creative exploration and dialogue into matters of identity, beauty, intimacy, sensitivity, pleasure, pain and shame, the last time the festival will use its “Art & ____” thematic format.

Future editions of the show will take on a completely different approach: instead of connecting art with a thematic concept, the Singapore Fringe Festival will focus on themes highlighting iconic Singaporean artworks.

The 2017 festival will take place at multiple venues across Singapore, including the Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay and Centre 42, as well as new partners LASALLE College of the Arts, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, [email protected] and Silver Ribbon Singapore.

The “Art & Skin”-themed festival will be divided into four categories: Fringe Highlights, Live Fringe, Fresh Fringe and Fringe Activities.

For the upcoming edition, Fringe Highlights highlights two projects: Foreign Bodies by the new multicultural Singapore burlesque troupe Skin in SIN and Labels by UK-based Worklight Theatre.

A new addition to 2017’s lineup, Fresh Fringe will showcase works in development by up-and-coming artists from around the world. The lineup includes Chrysanthemum Gate, a collaboration between the Australian theater-producer Andrew Sutherland and Singaporean Chanel Ariel Chan, and “Deep in the Heart of Me” by local writer/director Kaylene Tan.

The Singapore Fringe Festival, organised by the non-profit theatre company The Necessary Stage and run by new Artistic Director Sean Tobin, will run 5 to 14 January 2017. For more information about the 2017 lineup, visit M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2017 website.

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