Listen to Singaporeans weave their complaints into songs. Started by a Finnish duo in 2005, the project has been to Helsinki, St Petersburg, Birmingham, Jerusalem and Alaska, conducting workshops and giving people a whole new way to complain – in chorus. See our ‘Fringe benefits’ feature.
URGENT Saturday 26th - "We've just gotten news about our license application for THE COMPLAINTS CHOIR PROJECT (performances at various public spaces today). While we were given a license, this is a conditional one - no foreigners (i.e. a handful of the participants, the artists themselves and our conductor) are allowed to perform with the Choir. This is across the board and not only applicable for Speaker's Corner (which has a regulation that states that non-Singaporeans aren't allowed to perform there).
Naturally, this comes as a total shock to us, but we have discussed this amongst ourselves, with the artists and Choir. It is clear that we all do not want the Choir to be split up in any way.
As such, a few decisions have been made:
1) All public performances will be cancelled. We will put signages at the venues to inform people of this.
2) Instead, we will have private invite-only performances of the full Singapore Complaints Choir on both Sat 26th Jan and Sun 27th Jan, 3pm and 6.30pm at The Chamber at The Arts House.
3) Please help us spread the word to your friends, families and anyone else who is keen to watch the free performances.
4) To obtain invites, interested audience members can email email@example.com or call The Complaints Choir Hotline at 9690 7453. Alternatively, if you turn up at the venue prior to the show, please let one of us know (we will be at The Chamber). We will issue private-event invitations for the special performances."