Our vision, mission, values and what keeps us going as a performing arts centre for everyone.

An architectural icon with distinctive twin shells, Esplanade is one of the busiest arts centres in the world. Since opening in 2002, we have presented more than 58,000 performances and activities, drawing 37 million patrons and 123 million visitors.

To be a performing arts centre for everyone that is internationally recognised for creativity, a sense of adventure and exceptional standards of service.

To entertain, engage, educate and inspire.

Our core business is the arts

Customer-first: We value our customers and will take responsibility to ensure that their needs are satisfied. We will deliver what we promise and exceed expectations.

Action-oriented: We believe in being proactive and resourceful, adopting a "can do" attitude at all times. We aim to do things right the first time, yet not forgetting to seek new ways to do things better.

Take ownership and risk: We take pride and ownership in what we do and will lead by example. We will constantly seek new ideas and have the courage to take risks. In pushing our limits, we will accept that failures are part of the learning process.

Prudence: Our resources are scarce and precious. We will always be responsible with them, exercising financial prudence and leveraging every opportunity to stretch our every dollar.

Keep processes simple and seamless: They should not hinder our work but help us achieve our results.

A culture of learning: We will invest in our staff. Continuous learning and self-improvement will be a natural part of our culture.

One team: We recognise that everyone matters and that all roles are important. Kindness, warmth, integrity and humility are our fundamental values. As a team we will:

  • Always support and respect each other

  • Never abandon our team mates in times of need

  • Agree to allow disagreement; we respect all views

  • Always take a time-out, in good and bad times

  • Keep communication channels open at all levels and at all times

  • Celebrate all wins

  • Put passion and fun in everything we do


Audience & Artist Development

Image of artist Yung Raja performing at Esplanade to a crowd.

As Singapore's national performing arts centre, Esplanade is guided by our social mission to entertain, engage, educate and inspire through the arts. Our calendar of events span cultures, languages and genres, out of which 70% are presented free for all to enjoy. We regularly present world-renowned companies and artists to complement Esplanade’s own diverse offerings for audiences.

Our Affiliations

Image of performance at Esplanade Concert Hall.

Esplanade works in close partnership with local, regional and international artists to develop artistic capabilities, push artistic boundaries and engage audiences. The centre supports the creation of artistic content by commissioning and producing new Singapore and Asian work for the international stage.

Access & Inclusivity

Image of seniors in the audience watching a performance at Esplanade.

Esplanade is proud to be the first dementia-friendly arts venue in Singapore. We are a touch-point for resources, information and help with dementia-related services and all of us at Esplanade are also equipped to help if we encounter anyone with signs of dementia. Our premises are wheelchair-friendly and we accommodate special seating requirements wherever possible. As of December 2021, we offer ticket concessions for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

Community Engagement

Image of volunteer with a beneficiary as part of Esplanade’s Sing Out Loud! programme in 2021.

We believe that the arts transforms lives. We’ve witnessed how the arts can help build confidence, heal broken spirits and bring people closer. As a not-for-profit dedicated to serving the community, our outreach efforts allow us to share the joy of the arts with those who might not have the opportunity. We hope to bring different communities transformative and meaningful experiences through the arts.

Did you know?

Image of Esplanade and the waterfront taken from across the bay.

Esplanade sits entirely on reclaimed land. If you were to travel back to the '60s to where the centre stands today, you would end up in the refreshing waters of the Singapore Straits.


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Great arts experiences begin with Esplanade&Me. Join this membership to enjoy ticket specials on shows at Esplanade, early bird specials, promotions at Esplanade Mall, unlimited access to Offstage and more.

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