M1 Singapore Fringe Festival
M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is an annual festival of theatre, music, dance, visual arts and mixed media created and presented by Singaporean and international artists. Themed differently each year, the Festival aims to bring the best of contemporary, cutting-edge and socially engaged works to the Singapore audience.

First held with great success in 2005, the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is set to be a creative centre, with a twin-purpose of innovation and discussion; a platform for meaningful and provocative art to engage our increasingly connected and complex world.

For 2017, the Fringe took place from 6 to 15 January, curated around the theme of Art & Skin. Come 2018, the Fringe will break from its previous themes in the "Art & __________" format, and will take on a series of new themes that will reference iconic Singaporean artists and their signature work. Each year, we will nominate an artist and a selected work, and invite artists from a range of disciplines from Singapore and abroad to respond to them with their own new or existing works. Through the borrowing of their work, we aim to honour the artist and recognise and build on the lasting universal significance and resonance of his or her work. For 2018, our theme is Let's Walk, which comes from the title of a series of striking street performances by eminent Singaporean contemporary artist, Amanda Heng. 

If you are interested in participating in the 2018 edition of the Fringe as an artist, please visit our webpage here for more details on the application process. The deadline for applications is Friday 3 March 2017

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History of the Fringe

The festival began with Youth Explosion! in 1997 and grew into the M1 Youth Connection in 1998. It was then renamed M1 Theatre Connect in 2004 to embrace a wider audience of youth, before evolving into the successful M1 Singapore Fringe Festival which has already seen 12 editions from 2005 to 2016.

The Fringe involves young people and adults as creators, audience and participants, all the while creating awareness and engagement of the annual theme broached through the artistic works showcased. It has since involved and featured artists from 38 countries, showcasing their works alongside young and established Singapore artists.

M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014: Art and the People celebrated its 10th edition with 15 works from six countries over 12 days, and saw the highest ticketed audience in the history of the Fringe with an average house of 93% house.

Since 2015's edition of the Festival, we have launched a rotating Artistic Directorship, with a new artistic director from the Singapore arts scene being appointed on a three-year basis to helm the curating. This allows each appointed artistic director to bring forth his vision for the Festival for the Singapore audience, and also forges new relationships between The Necessary Stage as organisers and artists and curators in the scene. 

The most recent edition of the Festival in 2017 was our 13th edition and took place from 6 to 15 January around the theme of Art & Skin. The next edition of the Festival will take place from 17 to 28 January 2018 around the theme of Let's Walk.  Find out more at our website at www.singaporefringe.com