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Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall re-opens

A Singapore Symphony Orchestra concert marked the venue's return to the spotlight after a refurbishment that cost S$158 million and lasted four years. 

SINGAPORE: After a four-year refurbishment, the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall re-opened its doors on Tuesday (July 15). The 152-year old national monument returns with modernised facilities, and much of its original architecture preserved.

The first official event was a concert by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) at the Concert Hall. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong marked the occasion by passing the baton to Lan Shui, SSO's Music Director. The concert was also attended by many pioneers of the arts and culture community.

The Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall have been re-designed as more engaging performance spaces, complete with improved acoustics. The refurbishment cost a total of S$158 million.

This weekend (July 19 and 20), the public can see the refurbished venues for themselves during a special Open House featuring free performances.

As part of the festivities, visitors are encouraged to share their old photographs that feature this iconic monument.

Pioneer Indian dancer Neila Sathyalingam said: "For me as an artist, it is a national monument because I have such pleasant memories of this place. For 40 years, the best of my performances have taken place in this place."

Pioneer contemporary dancer Lim Fei Shen praised the venue's makeover: "I never imagined that so much space can be utilised so cohesively and everyone can meet in one place."

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