President Tharman Shanmugaratnam,
Ms Jane Ittogi,
Ministers of State,
Senior Parliamentary Secretaries,
Members of Parliament,
Heads of Diplomatic Missions and government officials,
Founding Chairman of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and Honorary President of Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Association Mr Chua Thian Poh,
President Mr Thomas Chua and Council members of Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Association,
Board Directors of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good morning and Happy New Year!
On behalf of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, I would like to welcome our Guest-of-Honour President Tharman Shanmugaratnam and all our distinguished guests, for taking time to be with us today.
2023 has been a busy and fulfilling year for us. We saw a full resumption of physical activities and welcomed back onsite visitors with our performances, exhibitions, talks and workshops. We also continued to grow our online audience through more digital content and channels.
SCCC is committed to work with our arts and community partners to preserve and promote our local Chinese culture, including our intangible cultural heritage. For instance, last year, we partnered Ding Yi Music Company to highlight disappearing local craft traditions like giant joss-stick making and embroidery through a mix of documentaries, live performances and chamber music.
Our dialect culture is another area worth preserving. At our Cultural Extravaganza last year, we brought together opera troupes from different dialect groups to present “One Opera Singapore”. In view of its good response, we held another joint opera performance at our recent CNY Family FUN event. This time, the performances were combined with local dialect snacks for families to enjoy as they learnt more about Chinese opera movements and gestures. Going forward, SCCC plans to do more to preserve and promote our local Chinese traditional performing arts.
Last year, we signed a Memorandum-of-Understanding with Singapore Chinese Orchestra with the aim of creating a cultural hub in the CBD. SCCC and SCO are like-minded organisations in the promotion of Chinese Singaporean culture. Under the auspices of the MOU, we have jointly organised two festival celebrations in our premises during Mid-Autumn last year, and CNY last month. In collaboration with many local groups, these festivals offered more than 25 activities and attracted nearly 40,000 visitors. With increased connectivity from the new Shenton Way MRT, we hope to welcome even more visitors to our premises to enjoy local Chinese culture.
Please allow me to continue in Mandarin.
我们的在籍学生肯定也能从中受益。自“新加坡华人” 常设展2020年开幕以来，由学校组织的学生访客就占了12巴仙。 近期，中心也加深与教育学府的合作关系，与教育部旗下的推广华文学习委员会，以及南洋艺术学院签署备忘录，为学生提供了解新加坡华族文化的活动，也为它们现有的活动提供场地。这样，我们的下一代将能“多管齐下”学习新加坡华族文化的独特性。
 Total PE Visitors since opening in 2020 is 200,323, of which 23,605 are students up to tertiary level.
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