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Global City for the Arts: Weaving Tourism into Cultural Policy


Ooi, CS, Global City for the Arts: Weaving Tourism into Cultural Policy, The State and the Arts in Singapore: Policies and Institutions, World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd, T Chong (ed), Singapore, pp. 165-179. ISBN 978-981-3236-89-9 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1142/9789813236899_0008


During the "gentler and kinder" Goh Chok Tong years in the 1990s, the good life in Singapore was partly measured by the country’s cultural verve. As the other chapters highlight, cultural policy was still formulated and implemented top-down, and censorship was a major concern then (Jeyaretnam, 1993; Lee, 1996; Chan, 1996; George & Pillay, 2000; Lim, 1993). It was also when the art communities debated passionately over the role of art and artists in society (Leong, 1996; Sasitharan, 2000; Tay et al., 1993; Wong, 1993). Many also observed that new art and cultural opportunities were grabbed, while others were missed (Chua, 2009; Tan, 2009; Purushothaman, 2007). There was nonetheless a proliferation of performances, exhibitions and openings of cultural institutions. Many of these developments were made possible and shaped by support from the tourism industry and its specific agenda.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:cultural policy, Singapore, cultural tourism, tourism policy
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Impacts of tourism
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Socio-cultural issues in tourism
UTAS Author:Ooi, CS (Professor Can Seng Ooi)
ID Code:130009
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-01-04
Last Modified:2019-03-05

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