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SMU Arts: 2013 and Beyond

After several years of extensive and successful collaborations with external artists during past arts festivals, U+ARTS returns its focus to showcasing our students’ artistic talents. Looking back in time as SMU arts first emerged a decade ago, this U+Arts Season is aptly named Retrospect in tribute to some 30 arts groups in the Arts and Culture Fraternity and their contributions to the lively arts scene in the SMU community.

Kicking off this season in conjuction with Patron's Day 2013, this year's show boasted an exuberant line-up of performances by our talented student groups hosted by SMU Broadcast & Entertainment. The acts included SMU Chinese Orchestra, Eurhythmix, VOIX, INDANCITY, Samba Masala and more. The audience was also treated to an electrifying evening of 80s rock and roll by veteran local band Jive Talkin', side-splitting skits by the comedic group Chestnuts, popular a capella group Budak Pantai and the inimitable Kumar. 

The U+ARTS Show 2012

Held in conjunction with Patron’s Day 2012, Semester Two’s U+ARTS Season opened with the inaugural The U+ARTS Show, a six-hour talk-show hosted by SMU Broadcast & Entertainment's talents. Besides an exciting showcase of performances by our student arts groups, The U+Arts Show featued interviews and performances by invited guests Kumar, Sebastian Tan, a cappella group Vocaluptuous, the charismatic Adrian Pang, and teen singing sensations Julia Abueva and Nathan Hartono from the coming-of-age, hormone-fuelled musical Spring Awakening.


The SMU Arts Festival returned in 2011 with a fresh format and a brand new name, U+ARTS.

Featuring a variety of performances by student groups such as contemporary dance club InDanCity, string ensemble Obligato, and hip hop dance club Eurhythmix, U+ARTS aimed to inject a greater appreciation of the arts to our local cultural scene in its first season. The opening of U+ARTS also coincided with the launch of the SMU Film Festival and Voice, the visual arts exhibition.

Beyond SMU, events like Caderas Latinas Bailamos and KLAVIESTA, SMU Piano Festival 2011, brought together local talent and artistes, as well as three of our local universities (NUS, NTU and SMU) on the same stage.

U+ARTS also introduced a spanking new website in August 2011. The website features all the information you need to know on the events held throughout the season, and provides an overview on a calendar.


Last updated on 03 Aug 2013 .