Singapore International Festival of Arts’ new director: “I don’t think mainstream is a dirty word” (via Channel NewsAsia)

SINGAPORE: “I think it’s safe to say that I have a reputation of not doing weird s**t. I do love mainstream work. I don’t think it’s a dirty word. So I’m not shy, embarrassed or apologising for that at all,” said Gaurav Kripalani, with a laugh.

The 45-year-old artistic director of Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) was gamely reacting to a Facebook post directed at him, after it was announced last week that he will take over as the new director of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA), in charge of three editions from 2018 to 2020.

After the news came out, a Singaporean poet-playwright, Ng Yi-Sheng, had cheekily posted on Facebook to urge him: “Don’t forget to program some weird s**t alongside the crowd-pleasers!”

Read Mayo Martin’s full interview with Gauurav Kripalani at Channel News Asia.

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