Gather up for a host of exciting activities to celebrate Chinese arts, culture, and heritage at Wan Qing Dragon Boat Festival 2022!

Wan Qing Dragon Boat Festival 2022

Discover the story and traditions behind Dragon Boat Festival, one of the oldest cultural festivals in the world, and revel in the rich historical and cultural significance of the festival with a line-up of live performances, cultural workshops, heritage walking tours, storytelling sessions, and more during the weekend open house. In addition, you can also look out for festival related digital content on the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s website and Facebook page throughout the festival period.

Date: 21 May to 3 June 2022
Time: 10am – 5pm / Closed on Mondays
Extended opening hours:: 10am – 7pm / 28 & 29 May 2022 (Festival Weekend)
Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall & SYSNMH Facebook page
Admission is free for all during weekend open house


Onsite Programmes highlights:

Public Talk . “New” Year Prints: Nian Hua in Singapore by artist, Ah Guo

Date: 28 May 2022
Time: 2pm . 3.30pm
Admission: Free; limited spaces available, on a first-come, first-served basis

This talk is conducted in Mandarin.

Colourful and festive woodblock prints known as nian hua (年画) or new year prints were traditionally made using woodblocks. These prints are an important part of the Lunar New Year, found in the walls and doors of Chinese households. The intricate designs were hand-carved into these blocks and the design transferred layer by layer onto paper. In this talk, Ah Guo (阿果) will share how he recreated these iconic new year prints on a digital platform, the advantages of using new technologies and challenges he faced in recreating traditional art forms.

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Storytelling Session: Tales of the Dragon Boat Festival
(Supported by Speak Good English Movement and Speak Mandarin Campaign)

Date: 28 May 2022 (English), 29 May 2022 (Chinese)
Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm, 2pm – 3pm
Admission: Free; limited spaces available, on a first-come, first-served basis

Be swept away this weekend with enthralling tales through our popular storytelling sessions! Discover the legends and myths behind well-loved Chinese stories as local authors and veteran storytellers bring you on a literary adventure. Each session will feature a different story.

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Live on the Lawn: An Evening Performance

Date: 28 May 2022
Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
Admission: Free

Have a chill evening out on our lawn as you enjoy a showcase of performing arts! Catch a traditional Chinese puppet performance by Sin Hoe Ping, the only surviving Henghua puppet troupe in Singapore, and end the evening with a swoon-worthy concert by B.A.T.Men – bringing you popular tunes, familiar xinyao tunes, and today’s hit songs.

About Sin Hoe Ping
Sin Hoe Ping is the last Henghua puppet troupe in Singapore and has been performing for about five decades. Now in his 70s, troupe leader Mr Yeo Lye Heo still actively promotes the theatrical form by performing for the public in various events and festivals. Do check out his upcoming performance, specially created for the Dragon Boat Festival, at our memorial hall.

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Sharing Session: Forgotten Traditions and Practices of Duan Wu
(Supported by Dialect Classroom)

Date: 29 May 2022
Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Admission: Free; limited spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis

Experts from various dialect groups share their stories and memories about the forgotten traditions and cultural practices associated with Dragon Boat Festival. This is an opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of disappearing traditions in Singapore – come start a conversation and dive into the past.

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Live on the Lawn: Guzheng Performance
[Supported by Chung Cheng High School (Main)]

Date: 29 May 2022
Time: 6pm – 6.30pm
Admission: Free

End the weekend with a soothing evening at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall as students from Chung Cheng High School (Main)’s Guzheng Ensemble perform a melodious serenade on the lawn to end this year’s Wan Qing Dragon Boat Festival.

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Drop-in Craft Station: Design Your Own Perfume Sachet

Date: 28, 29 May 2022
Time: 11am . 6pm
Admission: Free

Design your own rice dumpling perfume sachet at our drop-in craft station! Perfume sachets (香包) is a traditional craft made during the Dragon Boat Festival, and are believed to be bring good luck to the wearer.

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Drop-in Craft Station: Origami Dragon Boat

Date: 28, 29 May 2022
Time: 11am . 6pm
Admission: Free

Bring home an origami dragon boat with our fun and easy drop-in craft station! Learn how to create and decorate your very own origami dragon boat and bring home a colourful souvenir in celebration of Dragon Boat Festival.

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Special Exhibition Guided Tour

Nian Hua Of Deities, Guardians and Auspicious Art

Date: 28, 29 May 2022
Time: 10.30am – 11.30am (Chinese), 1.30pm – 2.30pm (English)
Admission: Free; limited spaces available

Delve into the world of nian hua, woodblock prints used in the past to decorate Chinese homes for the Lunar New Year with a guided tour of our Nian Hua: Of Deities, Guardians and Auspicious Art special exhibition.

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Permanent Galleries Guided Tour

Date: 28, 29 May 2022
Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm (Chinese), 3pm – 4pm (English)
Admission: Free; limited spaces available

Join us for a guided tour of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and hear the stories behind this century-old villa that trace Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s revolutionary activities in Southeast Asia. Gain valuable insights on the impact of the 1911 Revolution on Singapore, as well as Singapore’s contributions to the Revolution.


Digital Programmes

Not Forgotten: A Dialect Dumpling Dialogue

Date: 21 May – 3 June 2022

Dumplings are a well-loved festive food that’s closely associated with Dragon Boat Festival. But what goes into the making of a dumpling? Each dialect group has their unique variation of the zong zi – this content series will dive into some of the dumplings that you might not have tasted, much less heard of. Rediscover and gain a newfound appreciation for this humble food!

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