As Singapore’s national performing arts centre, we have always been clear that what we do through the arts at Esplanade should uplift spirits, offer hope, and celebrate the stories that tie us together. As we mark our milestone 20th anniversary during these unprecedented times, we want to do something to galvanise the music scene which has been badly hit by the pandemic and to renew a sense of community after a prolonged period of being physically apart for many of us. Through PopLore, we come together to celebrate and raise appreciation for Singapore popular music and its history, and document popular Singapore music across generations and cultures, sharing insights that will allow us to build up the music scene of the future.


– Melissa Poon, Programmer, The Esplanade Co Ltd

About PopLore – A Year of Singapore Popular Music

Epic, storied and vibrant, Singapore’s popular music from the 1960s to the present and beyond is the subject of this year-long exploration, presented from Jan to Dec 2022 to mark Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay’s 20th anniversary. With a focus on the many popular music forms in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil, PopLore presents a series of live concerts featuring a roster of luminaries such as Dick Lee, Jeremy Monteiro, Najip Ali, Charlie Lim, Shabir and The Freshman as well as the stars of tomorrow; along with podcasts, videos and an exhibition at Esplanade on the various cultural forces, producers and venues which shaped the scene. Produced in consultation with music industry veteran Lim Sek and emerging from the seismic disruption to the scene that is COVID-19, PopLore celebrates the power of music across generations, language and geography, and seeks to spur conversations and reflection on the way forward.


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