For a student like Tan Zi Peng, studying at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is not just about doing well academically. He excels in another area of interest – theatre production. From set-building to marketing, Zi Peng was involved in many aspects of the successful theatrical event “Don’t Dress for Dinner”, which was made possible in part thanks to a gift from the Hong Leong Foundation.
The play, put on by Sheares Productions, was held at the NUS Centre for the Arts (CFA) and attended by more than 500. A long-term supporter of cultural activities and other student initiatives on campus, Hong Leong Foundation believes in providing students with a holistic environment of learning.
“With our support, we hope to continue to provide a thriving environment where NUS and its students will remain motivated to pursue and achieve goals fitting of its reputation, as well as global standards of arts and academia,” shares a representative from the Hong Leong Foundation.
Indeed, the gift made it possible for many students, whether involved as cast, crew or in the audience, to be exposed to the art of theatre and benefit greatly from the immersive experience.
Students like Zi Peng are very appreciative of the support. “With Hong Leong Foundation’s gift, we were able to deliver a top-notch event that sold more than 500 tickets, and received very good reviews,” he says.
CFA, which nurtures the talents of students and alumni to create quality yet affordable productions that the NUS Community can enjoy, is thankful to the Hong Leong Foundation for recognising the importance of the arts to higher education.
“Hong Leong Foundation’s generosity has helped make diverse arts activities possible in NUS. Its gifts over the years have created opportunities for NUS students in every area, from flagship platforms like the NUS Arts Festival to concerts and overseas exposure trips. Through these, our students learn the valuable life skills that will distinguish them as young leaders of tomorrow, marked by creativity, initiative and resilience,” says Christine Khor, Director, CFA.
The Hong Leong Foundation has also been donating to a variety of causes in Singapore including education, sports, arts, and heritage. It is committed to investing in the betterment of Singapore’s community and the nation’s future and hopes that those who have benefited from its support will continue to pay it forward by giving back to society.
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