Carino, C. (2014) ‘The Evolving Cultural Ecology through Dance’, in Burridge, S. and Carino, C. (eds), Evolving Synergies: Celebrating Dance in Singapore, New Delhi: Routledge, pp. 1-16.
In page 5, quote:
“The Festival of Arts (later renamed Singapore Arts Festival) was also inaugurated in 1977 by the National Arts Council (NAC), presenting local and international cutting-edge and mainstream dance performances”.
According to E-resources, National Library Board
Born during a period when Singapore was seen as a “cultural desert”, the Singapore International Festival of Arts owes its beginnings to the Young Musicians’ Society, the extra-curricular arm of the Ministry of Education, and multinational oil company Mobil. The society had originally approached Mobil to sponsor a concert in 1975. Mobil was very supportive and even suggested organising an arts festival instead. In 1976, a press conference was held to launch the Singapore Festival of Arts, as the festival was known then. Amateur and part-time performing groups were invited to enter the competition to select those who would be participating in the festival. This first arts festival – featuring ballet, choral and instrumental performances as well as Chinese, Malay and Indian music and dance items – was held at the Victoria Theatre over seven days in April 1977.