Executive and Artistic Director
“Under your leadership, you have turned the Singapore Arts Festival into a world class festival"
"You are the artistic soul and custodian of Singapore."
"It's no small feat to have put together and realised the programme (of Titian Budaya). CultureLink can be justly proud of its achievement."
Goh Ching Lee is recognized as a key personality behind the arts renaissance in Singapore. She is the former Director of the Singapore Arts Festival from 2000-2009 and Senior Director of Performing Arts at the National Arts Council.
She has been credited with infusing the Singapore Arts Festival with an innovative character noted internationally for its inter-cultural and interdisciplinary interests. She introduced arts luminaries to Singapore including Robert Wilson, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Richard Foreman, Anne Teresa Keesmaker, Tan Dun, Meng Jinhui, Ea Sola, Akram Khan, Anne Bogart among others. She also spotlighted Singapore artists on the international stage pioneering groundbreaking festival commissions in international co-productions.
She played an instrumental role in developing Singapore Season, a programme showcasing Singapore’s arts overseas which was first launched in London in 2005 and later in China (Beijing, Shanghai) in 2007 and Edinburgh 2009. She initiated the Association of Asian Performing Arts Festivals and served as its first chairperson from 2004 to 2009.
Ching Lee is the recipient of the Officier and Chevlier de l’Orde des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for her contributions to the arts in Singapore, and The Public Administration Medal (Silver) conferred by the President of Singapore.
Following the critical and box-office success of her 10th edition of the Singapore Arts Festival in June 2009, Ching Lee founded her own arts consulting and management company CultureLink, continuing her passion in supporting innovative artists and serving as a cultural bridge for artists and audiences across borders.
In her extensive career in the cultural sector, she has been involved in various fields including arts policy, research, venue management, festivals and events development, international cultural exchange. She is particularly noted for her role in developing and transforming national and international events in the performing, visual and literary arts in Singapore, as well as in fostering international cultural relations and artistic exchanges.
Ching Lee holds an MA in Arts Management from the City University of London and a Bachelor of Arts Hons in History from the National University of Singapore.