Chinese Opera Extravaganza 2013
5 November 2013
Traditional Arts Centre (Singapore) organized “Chinese Opera Extravaganza 2013” on the 5th November 2013. The event had achieved to agglomerate various opera troupes together for better strength to work ahead for the promoting of traditional arts and also to promote unity among the groups and to wider audience base for Chinese Opera appreciation. Six local opera troupes from various dialect groups were invited to showcase an opera excerpts in the event. They are from Nam Hwa Opera (Teochew Opera), Chinese Theatre Circle (Cantonese Opera), Sim Siew Tin Hokkien Opera Troupe (Hokkien Opera), Qiong Ju Society of Singapore (Hainanese Opera) and Marine Parade Community Club Shanghai Yue Opera Appreciation Club (Shanghai Yue Opera).
Guests-of-honour: Mr Sam Tan Chin Siong (Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Mayor, Central Singapore District) .
The International Academic Chinese Opera Seminar 2013
3 Nov 2013
The International Academic Chinese Opera Seminar 2013 was organized by the Traditional Arts Centre and was held on 3rd Nov 2013 at the Central National Library. This event was supported by the National Library Board of Singapore and partially sponsored by the National Arts Council. Guest of Honour - Mr Choo Thiam Siew, President for Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. The seminar examined the current situation and trends of Chinese opera in South East Asia. 15 distinguished scholars, leading actors, directors, educators and promoters from Beijing, Shanghai, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Singapore shared their views on recent developments of Chinese opera in different cultural environments.
Youth Opera Showcase 2013
7 September 2013
Traditional Arts Centre (Singapore) organized the ‘Youth Opera Showcase’ on the 7th of September, at the Kreta Ayer People`s Theatre. Mr Seng Han Thong, MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC was the Guest-of-Honour. Its aims is to introduce students to Chinese Opera through an exciting and dramatic story that is bound to appeal to students regardless of cultural background. Five local schools participated in the event and each school showcased an opera excerpt in the Huangmei style. The young performers from Singapore Chinese Girls` School (Primary), Hai Sing Catholic School, North Vista Secondary School, CHIJ (Toa Payoh) and Xinmin Secondary School were trained by the Traditional Arts Centre during their school CCA in 2013. This event had provided opportunities for young performers to enhance their skills and knowledge of what they have learnt from school Chinese opera co-curriculum activities. It had also promoted quality Chinese opera education and hence contribute towards the development of a stronger Chinese opera scene in Singapore.