SINGAPORE December 8th, 2023:
Singapore’s historic Capitol Theatre has been announced as the host of the prestigious Asian Academy Creative Awards, commencing in 2024.
The beautifully restored Capitol Theatre is part of Capitol Singapore, a landmark integrated development situated in the heart of Singapore’s Civic District owned by Perennial Holdings Private Limited (“Perennial Holdings”). Capitol Singapore comprises the Capitol Theatre, a premier retail mall, the luxurious Eden Residences Capitol, the ultra-luxury The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore and the Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski, a sunlit atrium hosting a series of modern and classical dining establishments. Capitol Singapore is also home to three iconic conservation buildings: Stamford House, Capitol Building and Capitol Theatre.
The announcement was made by Asian Academy Creative Arts Chairman of Awards, Mr. Clement Schwebig, who acknowledged Perennial Holdings’ support as Venue Partner and the presence of its Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Pua Seck Guan during last evening’s Gala Awards ceremony.
“Tonight, Mr Pua has announced a multi-year agreement that will see Singapore’s heritage Capitol Theatre as the host of the Asian Academy Creative Awards, for years to come”, Mr. Schwebig announced.
“This is wonderful news for the awards and for Singapore and we, as an entire industry, want to thank Perennial Holdings for its support” said Mr. Schwebig who now completes his honorary Chairmanship, having been announced as Warner Bros. Discovery’s President Western Europe & Africa.
Not only does the agreement anchor the film and TV ceremonies and its glittering red carpet in Singapore for the foreseeable future, but the Capitol Singapore precinct will become a hub of creativity, networking and socialising.
Mr. Pua later commented “I’m delighted that Capitol Theatre will become the host of the Asian Academy Creative Awards, it’s a wonderful connection that honours the theatre’s heritage”.
The neoclassical Capitol Theatre built in 1929, is an architectural and heritage treasure. Boasting an iconic Art Deco entrance facade, a domed roof with twelve zodiac signs and winged horses flanking both sides of the stage, it was one of Singapore’s premier cinemas in the 1950s and 1960s and also hosted live variety shows in the 1960s to 1980s, which featured popular artistes like Sakura Teng and Rita Chao.
After extensive and careful restoration works undertaken by Perennial Holdings, Capitol Theatre is now a destination of choice for elite performances and events and houses one of the largest single screens with over 970 plush seats in Southeast Asia. It is also the first in Southeast Asia to feature an advanced rotational floor system that allows for flexible seating configurations, and Singapore’s first venue with direct ground level red-carpet access to the theatre, providing a grand and glamorous entrance, befitting for the event.
AACA President, Emmy Award winning producer Michael McKay, has previously proclaimed a love of historic theatres “Capitol Theatre is the natural host of the Awards, it’s been a part of the film and entertainment industry for almost 100 years, so 2024 will be a big homecoming celebration” he promised.
Following the announcement Gala Awards host Bobby Tonelli told the audience “That is amazing news, Capitol Theatre is a beautiful venue and, from 2024, the host of the Asian Academy Creative Awards”.
AACA CEO Fiona McKay confirmed the awards will return to its traditional 2-night format, as part of a three-day event, in early December 2024.
About Capitol Singapore (capitolsingapore.com)
Capitol Singapore, a landmark integrated development set in Singapore’s Civic and Cultural District, comprises the iconic Capitol Theatre, a premier retail mall, the luxurious Eden Residences Capitol, the ultra-luxury The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, and the Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski, a sunlit atrium hosting a series of modern and classical dining establishments. It is home to three iconic conservation buildings, namely Stamford House, Capitol Theatre and Capitol Building. Through this seamless blend of past and present, the prime development offers visitors a truly distinctive and unforgettable experience. Capitol Singapore is owned by Perennial Holdings Private Limited and managed by Perennial (Singapore) Retail Management Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Perennial.
About Perennial Holdings Private Limited (www.perennialholdings.com)
Perennial Holdings Private Limited (“Perennial Holdings”) is an integrated real estate and healthcare company headquartered in Singapore. As a real estate owner, developer and manager, Perennial Holdings focuses strategically on large-scale transit-oriented developments (“TODs”) and has a presence in China, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia with a portfolio spanning approximately 80 million square feet in total gross floor area. As a healthcare services owner, operator and manager, Perennial Holdings focuses on hospitals and medical centres, healthcare hubs, and eldercare and senior housing in China with a presence across 16 cities with over 22,000 beds, comprising approximately 12,000 operational beds and over 10,000 beds in the pipeline. Perennial Holdings’ network of healthcare facilities includes general, rehabilitation and specialist hospitals, as well as assisted living apartments, eldercare and nursing homes, and its integrated eldercare services comprise medical, nursing, rehabilitation, dementia and home care.
Perennial Holdings’ portfolio in China comprises eight TODs, of which five, namely Chengdu East High Speed Railway (“HSR”) Integrated Development, Perennial Tianjin South HSR International Healthcare and Business City, Perennial Kunming South HSR International Healthcare and Business City, Perennial Xi’an North HSR International Healthcare and Business City and Hangzhou West HSR Integrated Development, are situated adjacent to five of the country’s largest HSR stations and the majority are healthcare-centric with medical, eldercare and hospitality components. Notable landmark commercial TODs include Beijing Tongzhou Integrated Development. In Singapore, Perennial Holdings’ portfolio comprises iconic properties, such as 8 Shenton Way, Golden Mile Complex, Capitol Singapore, CHIJMES, Perennial Business City and Caldecott Hill, located in the prime city and suburban districts near transportation hubs.
About Asian Academy Creative Awards & Asian Academy of Creative Arts
The Asian Academy of Creative Arts (AACA) a.k.a Asian Academy Creative Awards (AAA) was established to honour creative excellence and serve as a peer judged pinnacle of achievement in content creation, performance and media production. Open to countries throughout the Asia Pacific region, the AAA honours excellence across television, film, digital, streaming and emerging technologies. Through its Academy Campus it also strives to develop and encourage the next generation of industry professionals. The AAA and Academy Campus is owned and organised by Asian Academy of Creative Arts, a not for profit organisation. For more details on the AACA, please visit www.asianacademycreativeawards.com