From Singapore Hotels & Singapore Lifestyle
In May 1999, then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong told Parliament taht Singapore was not yet a ntaion, that it might take at least one or two generations before it could be said confidently that a successful, multi-racial nation had been built. Against this background, Singaporean artists continue to evolve a national identity in the arts.
The chances of success have never been better. The Substation Arts Centre, converted from a power station in 1990 provides a space for experimentation, the National Arts Council (NAC) is there to nurture,a nd the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay opened in October 2002. Given the gestation normally required, Singaporeans can take pride in what has been achieved in a very short period.