Sorry, no. Your point is obvious however, and different. By substantiating it you've missed my point while establishing something else.
There's a lack of cultural choices here, regardless of the reason.
Whatever the reason, financial, distance, drug laws, etc. good artists are few and far between to choose from. Though there's probably no shortage of dreck I'd never go and see.
Net effect: lack of cultural choices.
I don't even care about the reason, it doesn't even matter, it's just a sad fact and statement in response to someone considering moving here that while we get lucky once in a while, even Jakarta and probably Bangkok get better gigs than we do here.
Edit: a bit more content. Because I do that.
Brah wrote:...I was in Tokyo recently (unfair comparison, I know, but, ) and saw the usual long and impressive list of coming music events - Classical, Rock, Jazz, R&B. Here we get old retreads on their last legs
That's not a cultural issue, its a financial one.
A major artist can ask north of S$2m for a concert. Plus the tech, travel, rider, promo costs etc. You have to fill the indoor stadium with 16,000 people each paying more than $150 to make the numbers work.
Maybe Gardens By The Bay will be Singapore's saviour, financially, for the 'big' acts who want $$$.
Having said that, if you look at the old MICA statistics on the number of people who have attended cultural events in any given year, its pretty high - 80%+ IIRC.
But the number of people willing to pay
to attend a cultural event is shocking low. Less than 20%.
That's only 800,000 willing to pay for gigs/concerts/theatre/exhibitions on this little red dot. Once you factor in tastes and lifestyle, that drops significantly. For instance, across all theatres the combined database on theatre-goers in Singapore is less than 300,000 people.
I guess in a cause-and-effect kind of way that people's cultural habits here are motivated by their financial situation/limitations.
And if you read the 2012 Arts & Culture Strategic Review, Singapore has a massive plan in place to improve culture in Singapore...not of course to allow people to challenge the status quo in Art, but to promote Singapore oneness and history in the heartlands
Sorry for the OT...