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Singapore’s Creative Underground Struggles for Space

Singapore’s creative underbelly is used to homelessness.

The island’s tiny size and sky-high rents force most entertainment establishments to prioritise their bottom-lines over programming. For nightclubs, bars and restaurants, that means attractions geared to maximise crowd turnout—think model DJs, VIP rooms, and Instagram-appealing visuals. That profit-oriented mindset, however, leaves little room for alternative content.

Within this tough environment, however, are a few precious gems that cater to the tastes of nonconformist artists and musicians. Housed in an old-school 1970s movie theatre, The Projector is more than just an independent cinema screening foreign films—it’s a pillar of underground culture in Singapore. Since launching in 2015, The Projector and its foyer café, Intermission Bar, have become go-to spaces for collectives looking to throw left-field events.

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