Busking to be extended to 10 more MRT stations
Train commuters can now enjoy busking performances at more MRT stations as part of the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) efforts to create a more pleasant public transport experience.
2 Starting from today, buskers have 10 more MRT stations, both in the city centre and the heartlands, as performance venues. (Please refer to Annex A for the list of MRT stations). This expansion to 15 MRT stations in total follows the successful pilot held from July 2014 to February 2015, when buskers performed at five MRT stations to much positive commuter feedback.
Platform to Showcase Local Talent
3 Besides improving the commuting experience, the initiative provides a platform for local performers to showcase their talent to the public. While performances at MRT stations are subjected to the availability of buskers, LTA is collaborating with the National Arts Council (NAC) to invite more interested buskers to perform at our MRT stations1.
4 LTA will also bring in special seasonal performances. For example, in celebration of SG50 and our bilateral relations, the Australian High Commission organised a series of puppet performances at Woodlands and Jurong East MRT stations.
5 The buskers can perform from 7.30am to 11.30am and 5.30pm to 9.30pm on weekdays, as well as from 10am to 9pm on weekends and public holidays.
1 NAC’s Busking Scheme was introduced in 1997 to enliven the streets of Singapore. Besides adding colour to our city life, it provides opportunities for individuals and groups to exhibit their artistic talents and express their creativity to a public audience. Buskers can also collect and accept a monetary token from the public for their artistic expressions. More details can be found on NAC’s website at https://www.nac.gov.sg/grants-schemes/schemes/busking-scheme.