Singapore, 14 February 2021 – Held virtually for the first time, approximately 250 guests came together to welcome the auspicious Year of the Ox at Spring Reception 2021. Jointly organised by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) and the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA), the annual event gathers distinguished representatives from the local Chinese community and various ethnic groups to exchange well-wishesandaspirationsforthenewyear,whilepresentingaplatformtoencouragegreater appreciation of Chinese values and culture through performances by a youthful line-up from local artsgroups.
- As part of the Spring Reception programme, Guest-of-Honour Mr Chan Chun Sing, MinisterforTradeandIndustrydeliveredaChineseNewYearaddress,whileMrEdwinTong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law delivered greetings to all attendees. Political leaders that were in attendance include Minister Gan Kim Yong, Minister Ong Ye Kung, Senior Minister of State Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State Sim Ann,SeniorMinisterofStateKohPohKoon,MinisterofStateLowYenLing,MinisterofState Sun Xueling, Minister of State Desmond Tan, Minister of State Tan Kiat How, Senior Parliamentary Secretary Baey Yam Keng and Parliamentary Secretary EricChua.
- Other distinguished guests included Members of Parliament, members of the diplomatic corps, foreign dignitaries and representatives from local arts and cultural groups, clanassociations,leadersoftheChinesecommunityandrepresentativesfromdifferentethnic communities. With the session live streamed on both SCCC and SFCCA’s Facebook platforms,membersofthepublicwerealsoinvitedtojoininthefestivitiestoenjoycaptivating culturalperformancessuchasapercussiondrumperformancebyDrumFeng,astreetdance and Chinese martial arts performance by Urban Terrain Groovers and a rendition ofChinese
New Year songs by musicians Deborah Shok and David Khor.
- Speaking on the digital nature of Spring Reception 2021, Mr Chua Thian Poh, Chairman of SCCC and Honorary President of SFCCA said, “In the face of the COVID pandemic, we are glad to still be able to hold our first virtual Spring Reception this year. The pastyearwasunlikeanywehaveseen,thepandemicdisruptedpeople’slivesandplansand the SCCC is no exception. Nonetheless, we remained positive and saw this challenge as an opportunity to preserve and promote Chinese culture, while thriving through the pandemic. We will continue to present traditions in innovative ways, leveraging on technology and new media, and enriching the local arts and culturalscene.”
- Echoing that in his speech, Mr Tan Aik Hock, President of SFCCA, said, “The pandemic has changed the way we live and clan associations also need to adapt with the times, so as to promote the local Chinese culture and values more effectively. SFCCA thereforecallsuponallourmemberassociationstoharnessthepoweroftechnologytoadjust to the new normal.” Besides taking the lead in shifting their operations and activities online since the beginning of last year, SFCCA would spearhead the digital transformation by providing the necessary assistance to their association members, Mr Tanadded.
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About Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre collaborates with arts and cultural groups and community partners to promote and develop local Chinese culture. Through engaging and accessiblecontent,wehopetonurturegreaterappreciationofourmulti-culturalidentityanda stronger sense ofbelonging.
Opened by our Patron, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 19 May 2017, our centre in the heartofthecitywelcomeseveryonetoenjoyexhibitions,fairs,performances,seminars,talks, workshops and other cultural activities throughout theyear.
For more information, please visit https://www.singaporeccc.org.sg/.
About Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations
Establishedin1985,SingaporeFederationofChineseClanAssociations(SFCCA)istheapex body of the Chinese clan associations in Singapore, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong named as our first Patron in 2011. The Federation’s primary objectives are to promote understandingandappreciationofChineselanguage,cultureandvalues;toleadtheChinese clan associations in Singapore, as well as, organise and support educational, cultural and community activities. The Federation now boasts a membership of over230.
For more information, please visit http://www.sfcca.sg/en.