Chinese cultural festivals that will ignite your senses this Chinese New Year

Photo: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Photo: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

If you haven’t visited the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) before, this January is a great time to pop into this unique institution, which showcases Singaporean Chinese culture in an engaging fashion. The SCCC presents the rich heritage of the local Chinese community in novel and inviting forms, welcoming participants from any and every background. 

SCCC is jam-packed with activities this January – rediscover age-old fables told through new technology, explore how traditional music is landing a new niche in modern entertainment, capture your Instagram moment with lighted giant pineapples and even learn more about Lunar New Year with augmented reality red packets. There are so many exciting experiences for everyone right in the heart of CBD, and all the activities are free! 

Photo: Tay Kewei, Jasmine Sokko, Ian Fang, The Façade
Photo: Tay Kewei, Jasmine Sokko, Ian Fang, The Façade

A cultural festival for youths by youths, the inaugural RE•MIX festival, to be held from 10 to 12 January 2020, will immerse its participants in unforgettable multisensory experiences. Groove to the tunes of local music sensations like Jasmine Sokko, Olinda Cho, Wang Weiliang, AL4HA, Ian Fang, Tay Kewei and The Façade at TGIF RE•MIX Music Station, a vivacious music festival that will transform the SCCC into a cool music party. 

Photo: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Photo: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

An unconventional and extraordinary showcase of Singapore’s evolving getai culture, RE•MIX Getai will be headlined by popular getai artistes like Liu Ling Ling and Desmond Ng, who will be joined on stage by hosts Patricia Mok and Chua Enlai, along with the cast of ‘Ah Boys to Men’ for one night only.

Photo: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Photo: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

RE•MIX the Dance, an energetic dance festival, will shine the spotlight on street dance with Mandopop beats. Participants of ‘Open Style’ dance battles and dance choreography competitions will be assessed by a panel of international and local judges, including dance veterans such as Apple Yang and Jr Taco. RE•MIX the Dance will also hold a panel discussion addressing an intriguing trend – the convergence of street dance and Chinese culture.

Photo: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Photo: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Don’t miss Haw Par Villa RE•MIX, a surreal adventure that provides a refreshing take of the famous park in Southern Singapore built by the Haw brothers in 1937. At this exhibition, experience Haw Par Villa’s icons that have captured the imaginations of generations through the fusion of technology and art. For one weekend only, you can admire these popular legends of folklore, reimagined with the use of advanced technology, in the heart of the city at the Centre. With a line-up of multicultural artists including Jake Tan, Mkr Bao, Myhammad Izzul Race Krehel, Soph Ong and Space Objekt, this is definitely something that is not to be missed!

Photo: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Photo: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

At RE•MIX festival, be prepared to be wowed by mythical Chinese figures, reinterpreted by mixed media artists using 21st century technology at RE•MIX Urban Art Exhibition, or discover body art inspired by Chinese culture at RE•MIX the Jagua Tattoo.  Take your pick from a bevy of keepsakes by local and foreign craftsmen, learn useful crafts at hands-on workshops, and refuel on delicious snacks and cocktails made from classic Chinese ingredients at the Hooray RE•MIX Market.

Avid instagrammers will also love Huat Huat Land, a mystical and picturesque pop-up choked with larger-than-life pineapples, mahjong tiles and bags of gold. Be sure to bring a good camera to this visual feast, happening at the SCCC from 1 January to 8 February 2020 as part of the Centre’s Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations this year. 

Photo: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Photo: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Another highlight of SCCC’s CNY celebrations is their highly anticipated red packets which places a spotlight on works by local artists each year. This year, the Centre has worked with local award-winning illustrator Lee Xin Li who has designed the red packet based on local CNY celebrations in the heartlands. His designs are further brought to life by local creative technology studio MeshMinds, making it Asia’s first interactive Augmented Reality (AR) red packet powered by Spark AR from Facebook.

Get ready to lay your hands on the limited-edition interactive AR red packet when you share your best photo at Huat Huat Land on your Facebook, Instagram or WeChat platforms!

Visit www.singaporeccc.org.sg for more details!

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