Wan Qing CultureFest is back and better than ever! Take a walk down memory lane and join us for two bustling weekends of your favourite #throwback activities that are sure to get you misty-eyed with nostalgia. This year’s festival will reminisce the best of yesteryears, from country flag eraser battles and iconic local films to street opera and Chinese martial arts.

Date: 3 to 11 November 2018
Time: 10am – 9.30pm
Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Expect a myriad of activities including heritage trails, guided tours, craft workshops, cultural showcases, live performances and more. Join us at Wan Qing CultureFest for a cultural extravaganza not to be missed!

Wan Qing Culturefest

Activities are free unless otherwise stated.

Programmes – Cultural Showcase

TCM & You
(Supported by NTU Chinese Medicine)

With a history of over 2,000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine is one of the world’s oldest forms of medicine. Find out more about the various Chinese herbs and their associated properties, and learn how to boost your overall health and wellness in this hands-on TCM demonstration.

Date: 3 November 2018
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Admission Free: No registration required.

Wushu 101
(Supported by Chung Cheng High School (Main) Wushu)

Wan Qing Festival Culture Fest Wushu 101

The term Wushu (武术) is made up out two Chinese characters – 武 (wu), meaning ‘combat’ and 术 (shu), meaning ‘art form’. In essence, Wushu is a form of contemporary Chinese martial arts which blends elements of performance and martial application. Learn more about this ancient art form through a live wushu demonstration.

Date: 3 November 2018
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Admission Free: No registration required.

Shall We Dance?
(Supported by NTU CAC Chinese Dance Club)

Wan Qing Festival Culture Fest Shall We Dance

Founded in 1994, NTU CAC Chinese Dance Club seeks to promote the essence and spirit of Chinese dance through the creative integration of traditional and modern elements. Be treated to a mesmerising dance performance by NTU CAC Chinese Dance Club, and put on your dancing shoes as you learn some basic Chinese dance moves in a live demonstration of this traditional performing art.

Date: 4 & 11 November 2018
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Admission Fees: No registration required.




A Brush with Culture
(Supported by NTU Confucius Institute Chinese Calligraphy)

Learn what makes the pen mightier than the sword in this hands-on showcase! Perfect for beginners, this demonstration will be led by NTU Confucius Institute and will include a sharing session on calligraphy techniques and its significance in Chinese culture. Visitors can also learn basic calligraphy and put their skills to the test through simple writing exercises.

Date: 10 November 2018
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Admission Fees: No registration required.

Crosstalk & Comedy
(Supported by Speak Mandarin Campaign)

Wan Qing Festival Culture Fest Crosstalk & Comedy

Crosstalk, also known as Xiangshen (相声) which literally translates to ‘face’ (相) and ‘voice'(声), is a traditional Chinese comedic performing art. Originating from the Qing dynasty, crosstalk features a comedic dialogue between two performers often filled with jokes and puns. Discover this unique Chinese performing art with a live crosstalk performance!

Date: 10 November 2018
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Admission Fees: No registration required.

Programmes – Craft Activities

Be a Little Artist!
(Supported by Lianhe Zaobao Student Correspondents Club)

Wan Qing Festival Culture Fest Be a Little Artist!

Fulfil your artistic dreams and learn basic illustration techniques in this hands-on session presented by Lianhe Zaobao Student Correspondents Club.

Date: 3 November 2018
Time: 11am – 2pm
Admission Fees: No registration required. Available on a first come, first served basis.




Friendship Bracelet Weaving

Wan Qing Festival Culture Fest Friendship Bracelet Weaving

Calling all 90s kids! There’s nothing more nostalgic than woven bracelets symbolising everlasting friendship with your BFF. Take a walk down memory lane and DIY your very own friendship bracelet with a selection of colourful yarn and cutesy beads.

Date: 3 November 2018
Time: 3pm – 6pm
Admission Fees: No registration required. Available on a first come, first served basis.

Design Your Own Tote Bag

Wan Qing Festival Culture Fest Design Your Own Tote Bag

Get crafty and personalise your very own canvas tote bag with paint and stencils featuring designs that are uniquely Singaporean. From the iconic dragon playground to colourful gem biscuits, there’s bound to be something for everyone in this fun-filled activity.

Date: 4 & 10 November 2018
Time: 2pm – 5pm (4 Nov 2018); 1pm – 4pm (10 Nov 2018)
Admission Fees: No registration required. Available on a first come, first served basis.

Get Inked! Temporary Tattoos

Wan Qing Festival Culture Fest Get Inked! Temporary Tattoos

Bubble-gum sticker tattoos may be a thing of the past, but visitors can still get a dose of nostalgia with some temporary ink. Select from a range of local-inspired designs exclusively available at the Memorial Hall!

Date: 10 & 11 November 2018
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Admission Fees: No registration required. Available on a first come, first served basis.

Art Jamming

Wan Qing Festival Culture Fest Art Jamming

Grab a paintbrush and get ready to unleash your inner Picasso at this heritage-themed art jamming session! Challenge yourself to create your very own canvas masterpiece inspired by local culture, and bring home a new artistic souvenir.

Date: 10 & 11 November 2018
Time: 3pm – 6pm (10 Nov 2018); 1pm – 4pm (11 Nov 2018)
Admission Fees: No registration required. Available on a first come, first served basis.

Programmes – Performances & More

Stories for Children
(Supported by the Speak Good English Movement and Speak Mandarin Campaign)

Wan Qing Festival Culture Fest Stories for Children

Take a walk down memory lane at this interactive storytelling session and learn valuable lessons through a selection of fantabulous tales! Embark on a literary adventure of your childhood with stories such as The Giving Tree, Mei Lin and the Reunion Dinner, and more. Each session will feature a different story and craft activity.

Date: 3, 4, 10, 11 November 2018
Time: 12pm – 1pm; 5pm – 6pm
Admission Fees: No registration required

Cinema Alfresco

Enjoy a movie under the stars – bring along your picnic mats and catch an outdoor screening of iconic local films such as I Not Stupid (3 Nov), Homerun (4 Nov), Army Daze (10 Nov), and A Long, Long Time Ago (11 Nov)!

Date: 3, 4, 10, 11 November 2018
Time: 2pm – 4pm (3 Nov 2018); 5pm – 7pm (4, 10, 11 Nov 2018)
Admission Fees: No registration required

Evening Concert

Experience wonder and delight in this dynamic showcase of cultural and contemporary arts! Grab a hammock and enjoy a range of performances including live music, Capoeria Art Canarana, beat-boxing by Charles “Stitch” Wong, stand-up comedy by Marcus Chin, Rishi Budhrani, Fakka Fuzz, Jinx Yeo and more.

Date: 3, 4, 10, 11 November 2018
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Admission Fees: No registration required

Special Exhibition Talk: Huang Yao’s Niubizi Cartoons in the Republican Era (Chi)

Wan Qing Festival Culture Fest Huang Yao’s Niubizi Cartoons in the Republican Era

An iconic cartoon character created by renowned artist and scholar Huang Yao in the 1930s, Niubizi was known throughout China, Malaya and Singapore as a vehicle for his creator’s satirical and humorous portrayals of social and political issues. The shifting roles of Niubizi, from comedian, political commentator, patriotic soldier to wanderer, reflect the changing historical and cultural landscapes of the times. In this public lecture, Mr Chua Soo Teng, Head of Archive of Huang Yao Foundation will share more about Huang Yao’s depictions of Niubizi in the Republican period and how they reflect the characteristics of the era.

Date: 10 November 2018
Time: 10am – 11.30am
Admission Fees: No registration required. Available on a first come, first served basis.

For the full list of programmes, please visit here

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