CULTURAL POWERHOUSE

Published on 17 May 2017

The new Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) opens with a bang, with an impressive line-up of programmes that showcases the rich Singapore Chinese culture.

By MELANIE LEE

PUMPED-UP KICKS: WUSHU SHOWCASE BY WUFANG (FEATURING VINCENT NG)

Credit: Wufang

20 May, 6.15pm

Enjoy the exhilarating showcase of high intensity Wushu display with Singapore’s Wushu icon and three-time SEA Games Gold Medallist Vincent Ng. Ng set up Wufang in 2004 with his style of training which combines values of martial arts of humility, respect for others and self-discipline with modern life coaching. So far, he has trained more than 4,000 people of all ages.

MULTIMEDIA MUSICAL: VOYAGE (起航)

21 & 22 May 2017, 7-9pm

Local award-winning filmmaker Royston Tan presents Voyage, an evocative down-memory-lane experience using 3D projection mapping, holographic imagery, as well as familiar folk songs and rhymes re-interpreted by the critically acclaimed TENG Ensemble. The cast features MediaCorp actor Desmond Tan and getai princess-cum-radio DJ Lee Pei Fen.

PUPPET POWER: INTRO TO ART OF PUPPETRY WORKSHOP BY THE FINGER PLAYERS

Credit: The Finger Players

24 MAY 2017, 11AM – 12.30PM & 2PM – 3.30PM

You will gain a better appreciation of this oft-forgotten art form by learning more about the various kinds of Chinese classical puppets in this enlightening workshop. You will also gain insights into puppet manipulation and the mechanisms of puppets.

LOCAL MOVIE MIX:《回程 667》by Royston Tan

Credit: Lee Xinli and &larry

25 May 2017, 7-9pm

Here’s a more traditional filmic offering by the award-winning Tan. This anthology of five short films which was commissioned by the SCCC features young local film directors such as Kirsten Tan (of POP AYE fame) and Eva Tang (The Songs We Sang). In these stories, the filmmakers go on a journey to search for their cultural roots and seek to discover ways to understand, appreciate and pass on local heritage.

XINYAO TRIBUTE: Sing•浪Concert

Credit: Ocean Butterflies Music

27 May 2017, 7pm – 9pm

Revisit your Xinyao favourites and popular locally composed songs at SCCC’s first concert. There will be Xinyao icons such as Liang Wern Fook and Pan Ying, along with current pop artistes such as Gentle Bones, and Tay Kewei giving their own spin to homegrown Mandarin ballads from the 1980s.

The SCCC Cultural Extravaganza will be on from 20 to 27 May. Click here for more information on the programmes and ticketing.

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