The MHC welcomes all to the Malay CultureFest, an annual 2-week long festival that showcases a varied programme of performances, talks, workshops, trails and movie screenings. It aims to cultivate an appreciation for the traditions and culture of the wider Malay Nusantara, drawing particularly on the shared aspects.

This year’s theme is based on adat (customs & traditions), with a special focus on the Bugis community. The programmes explore the manifestations of adat not only in the customary practices and traditions, but also how it is being made sense of in today’s context.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Lintas Nusantara: Lawan Memikat (Opposites Attract)

Malay CultureFest 2017 performances

Date: 14 & 15 October 2017
Time: 8.30pm onwards
Venue: MHC Lawn
Admission: Free

Join us for Lintas Nusantara, our annual dance festival in collaboration with Guntur Mataram Dance Company from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Culture enthusiasts will be treated to a spectacle of dance, music and martial arts from Singapore and the Indonesian provinces of Riau, South Sulawesi and Yogyakarta. Besides the ever familiar zapin traditional dance genre as well as courtly dances from Yogyakarta, this year’s Lintas Nusantara will present the pride of Bugis performance arts – rarely witnessed out of Indonesia, brought to the audience by maestros from Sulawesi.

Senandung Sukma

malay culturefest Asli music

Date: 27 October 2017
Time: 8.30pm – 10m
Venue: MHC Auditorium
Admission: Free with pre-registration here

Enjoy the soothing sounds of traditional Asli music with renowned musicians from Singapore and Malaysia, as well as newly-discovered talents who will continue to keep the tradition of Asli music alive for years to come.

Malam Puteri-Puteri Malang (Night of the Forlorn Princesses)
Date: 28 October 2017
Time: 7pm – 8pm & 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Admission: Free with pre-registration here

Presented By | Hatch Theatrics
Directed by | Faizal Abdullah
A Collaboration with | Siti Z, Ila & Wardah
Mentored by | Zarina Muhammad
Dramaturgy by | Effendy Ibrahim

The Malay Peninsular is flooded with stories of tragic Women. From Puteri Gunung Ledang to Mahsuri. From those who were oppressed by men, to those who were betrayed by another woman. From the oft-heard, to the obscure. From facts to rumours. And on this night, they will tell their stories the way they want it to be told. So you can decide if they are tragic. Or not.

*This performance will be in Malay and English.

For more information about the festival programmes and the exhibition, please visit here


It’s that time of year again. Kids look forward to it and wish it would never end. Where can you find fun and exciting holiday programs for your children? Here’s our list. Take your pick!

year end holiday programmes 2017

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