The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year by keeping all ticket prices to a low of $19.
Previously, the admission was $30 for a performance at the multi-disciplinary arts festival organised by local theatre company The Necessary Stage.
The upcoming Fringe runs from Jan 8 to 19 next year with the theme, Art And The People. It will feature 15 works from six countries and tickets are now on sale at Sistic.
Festival manager Melissa Lim, 37, says: "The Fringe has always been about connecting with audiences through works that are thought- provoking and accessible at the same time."
She adds that audiences who have returned year after year have been key to its longevity.
"We feel that it is important to celebrate it with them and one of the most tangible ways would be by making the works even more accessible via the pocket," she says.
The organisers are also hoping that the lower prices will draw new theatregoers to the festival.
The $19 ticket price keeps the ticketing charge at $1, making the total ticket price $20, she says. The ticketing charge for tickets priced from $20 is $3.
Customers of the telco M1, the festival sponsor, can get a 20 per cent discount, which lowers the total price of each ticket to $16.20.
Ms Lim adds that the festival will do more than just celebrate with wallet-friendly ticket prices.
The 12-day programme will be packed with seven new commissioned works by home-grown artists, including Nine Years Theatre's Mandarin adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's play, An Enemy Of The People.
It will also feature interactive pieces such as Foundin, a city-wide installation of miniature plastic figures by artist Tan Wei Keong, which aim to engage a wider audience.
Rounding off the smorgasbord of shows are international productions such as the moving play Suteru Tabi about a young man's spiritual journey through familial relations, which is staged by leading Japanese performing arts company Gotanndadan.
M1 SINGAPORE FRINGE FESTIVAL
Where: National Museum of Singapore, Esplanade, Ion Art and The Substation
When: Jan 8 to 19
Admission: $19 from Sistic (go to www.sistic.com.sg or call 6348-5555)
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