The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) collaborates with arts and cultural groups and community partners to promote and develop local Chinese culture. By creating accessible and engaging content, we strive to nurture greater appreciation of our multi-cultural identity and sense of belonging. Opened by our Patron PM Lee Hsien Loong on 19 May 2017, our Centre located in the heart of Singapore encourages everyone to enjoy exhibitions, fairs, performances, seminars, talks, workshops and other cultural activities throughout the year.
The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre has grown over the years with the support from our partners and the public. Here's a look at some of our key milestones.
25 January: The idea of setting up the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre was proposed by Mr Chua Thian Poh, then-Chairman of the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Association (SFCCA) and supported by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The Centre intended to:
March: A task force, chaired by Professor Eddie Kuo and deputised by Mr Choo Thiam Siew, was set up to propose the future direction and functions of the centre. A separate committee led by Mr Seow Choke Meng was set up to oversee the construction of the Centre.
24 June: 40 representatives from various social organisations and arts and cultural groups participated in an arranged retreat to discuss the Centre’s strategy, positioning and programming. The name “Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre” was decided then.
10 April: Incorporation of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre by Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Association (SFCCA).
1 Oct: Mr Chua Thian Poh was appointed Chairman of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.
1 April: Mr Choo Thiam Siew, President of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), was designated as the Centre’s Chief Executive Officer. The temporary office was located at SFCCA’s headquarters in Toa Payoh.
29 September: A ground-breaking ceremony, officiated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, was held to commence construction work. The design of the building was undertaken by DP Architects.
17 January: Ms Grace Fu, then-Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, officiated a topping-out ceremony to celebrate the completion of the main structure.
10-31 January: The Centre premiered its inaugural cultural exhibition, Blooms of Vitality, Colours of Life, which displayed various elements of local Chinese culture across literature, arts, festivals and food. This is the first official event organised by Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.
19 May: The opening of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre was officiated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
20 May: The Centre launched the first Cultural Extravaganza with Voyage, a specially commissioned multimedia musical by Royston Tan. As part of the Festival, the Centre commissioned Singapore’s first ever dialect film anthology 667, comprising five dialect short films by five young local filmmakers. The outstanding film was screened at the Busan International Film Festival in 2017 and Ke which was directed by Jun Chong, won the Best Asian Short at the 13th Sapporo Short Film Festival in 2018.
Two other signature events of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre were launched along with the Cultural Extravaganza.
The Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award (SCCCA) was created to give recognition to individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to Chinese Singaporean culture. Mr Han Lao Da (Individual category) and Siong Leng Musical Association (Organisation category) were the recipients of the inaugural SCCCA.
27 May: Sing•Lang concert was a highlight and grand finale to the Cultural Extravaganza. It boasted a line-up of Singaporean artistes, including Xinyao icons and the next generation of rising stars.
January: TGIF Music Station, a series of music performances featuring Singapore’s favourite performing artistes and rising stars was launched.
The Centre ushered in the Year of the Dog with its first Lunar New Year Carnival and Concert.
March to June: A three-month-long Tian Tian @ SCCC exhibition was held, co-presented with Zuni lcasahedron. Showcasing the artistic inspirations of many in the arts and culture scene, it boasted over 120 figurines.
April: Mr Low Sze Wee, Director (Curatorial, Collections and Education) of the National Gallery Singapore took over as the Centre’s second Chief Executive Officer.
May: The Centre commissioned the Masters of Comedy theatre production to pay tribute to iconic comedians in Singapore.
15 September: The Centre organised its first Mid-Autumn Celebration @ SCCC that encouraged visitors to learn more about our local traditions by engaging in family-friendly activities.
February: In lieu of the Chinese New Year celebrations, the Centre commissioned its first Singing Red Packet with original artwork by local illustrator Ah Guo and song composed by local composer-pianist Peng Chi Sheng. The Centre was invited to a New Year event in Shanghai Crystal Galleria to share Singapore’s Lohei culture through the Singing Red Packet.
25 March: The Arts Support Framework was launched to support the local arts and cultural sector with the Arts Housing Programme, Visual Arts Partnership, and [email protected] The first three arts tenants in the Centre are Drum Feng, Nam Hwa Opera and TENG Company.
April: In commemoration of Singapore’s Bicentennial, the Centre commissioned its first original dance-drama, Whispers from the Dragon’s Teeth Gate, by Dance Ensemble Singapore (DES Arts) and in collaboration with Sri WarisanSom Said Performing Arts.
The Centre jointly organised its first Diversity and Singapore Ethnic Chinese Communities International Conference with the Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore. It brought together over twenty Singaporean academics from local and overseas tertiary institutions to examine and discuss different aspects of the Singapore Chinese community.
24-25 May: The Centre commissioned the recipient of the inaugural Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award, SiongLeng Musical Association, to create a cross-cultural musical performance Memoirs of Nanyang that highlights the bold fusion of traditional Nanyin music with contemporary Malay and pop tunes for the first time.
15 June: As part of the annual Cultural Extravaganza, the Sing•Lang Concert was moved out of the Centre and held at the National Stadium for the very first time.
18-21 July: Nine Years Theatre and the Centre jointly presented First Fleet, an immersive theatre experience where the audience was seated on the stage of the Centre’s Auditorium, as they set sail with the players to explore the relationships between theatre and humanity.
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