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Developing Singapore's cultural infrastructure

More support for arts groups and new cultural infrastructure are in the pipeline. 

SINGAPORE: The Government on Wednesday (May 21) released details expanding on the "liveable city" aspect of President Tony Tan Keng Yam's address in Parliament last Friday.

In an addenda statement to the President's address, the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth pledged to give artists and arts groups more support.

It will also make performing arts spaces more readily available, and help artists showcase their works on the international stage.

New cultural infrastructure will be built, including the Indian Heritage Centre and the National Gallery for modern and historical visual art.

The National Museum of Singapore and the Asian Civilisations Museum will be enhanced, while the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, and the Esplanade will be refurbished.

The ministry also plans to build an island-wide network of community arts and culture nodes, community museums and galleries, as well as heritage trails.

Singaporeans can also look forward to more sporting facilities and programmes. "Sports facilities will be available within a 10-minute walk of most homes," the ministry said.

As part of efforts to make Singapore a smart nation, the Ministry of Communications and Information will develop a new Infocomm Media Masterplan.

Preliminary ideas that are being explored for the Masterplan include the development of new infrastructure to serve our future needs, such as a Heterogeneous Network that builds on the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN).  

The ministry will also develop a new masterplan for the National Library Board and National Archives, with a strong focus on facilitating Singapore content creation.

There will be a physical and digital collection of all Singapore content, through acquisitions and connections to other institutions.

The ministry said in the statement that it will continue to seek ideas from the community and support ground-up efforts to build a "liveable city and endearing home".

The ultimate aim is to "strengthen community harmony, and enhance our sense of identity and belonging to Singapore," it said.

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