Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA) Commissions TV Documentary on The Esplanade

Dated: 19 December 2002

The Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA) has commissioned a TV documentary,"The Esplanade Story". The one-hour programme was produced by local production house The Moving Visuals Company, and will be telecast on Sunday, 22 December 2002 at 10pm on Arts Central.



"The Esplanade Story" began 30 years ago with a dream for Singapore to have a world-class performing arts centre. It might have just remained simply a dream if not for the commitment of many individuals.


From conception to completion, the Esplanade's story unfolds through the eyes of key people who brought the project into fruition. They include: former President Ong Teng Cheong, BG George Yeo (Minister for Trade and Industry and former Minister for Ministry of Information and the Arts), Mr David Lim (Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts), Professor Tommy Koh (Ambassador-at-large and former Chairman of the National Arts Council) and Professor Bernard Tan (Member of the Steering Committee for the Singapore Arts Centre Company - now the Esplanade).


In the programme, architect Vikas Gore and renowned acoustician, Russel Johnson tell their stories of how they perfected the design and acoustics of the Esplanade. Arts groups like the Singapore Repertory Theatre, Singapore Dance Theatre, Sri Warisan Performing Arts, Singapore Chinese Orchestra and Singapore Symphony Orchestra also share their views on what the Esplanade means to them.


The documentary also examines the Esplanade's design, its value to the local arts community and how it can serve as an arts centre for the region.