To develop a broad-based audience and foster an environment appreciative of traditional arts through active engagement of younger audience, NAC developed a taster programme to introduce Singapore's traditional art forms to young children aged four to six years old. 


The taster programme aims to introduce traditional art forms in an engaging and accessible way for pre-school children. It is a collaborative effort with ACT 3 International, Bhaskar's Arts Academy, Era Dance Theatre and Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre to present traditional Chinese, Malay and Indian dance through storytelling as well as interactive workshops. 


For the 2017 edition, three stories drawn from Chinese, Malay and Indian legends were presented. Each programme was carried out in the form of a learning journey, where students would experience a 30-minute theatrical performance infused with traditional music, dance, movements and storytelling elements. This was followed by workshop sessions, where students learnt about traditional art forms in an immersive and participatory setting.

​Details of the programme is as follows:

Time Programme Presentation Format
9.30am - 10am

Theatrical Performance

Three story choices to be selected by schools:


  • Chang Er, Goddess of the Moon
    Dates available: 27, 28, 29, 30 June and 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 July
  • Badang, The Strong Man
    Dates available: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18 July
  • Rama, Hero of Ramayana
    ​Dates available: 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31 July and 1 August

Venue: Cairnhill Arts Centre (126 Cairnhill Road, Singapore 229707)


Up to 80 students and teachers seated in ACT 3 Theatre

10.30am - 12pm



  • 45min of drama building and role playing workshop facilitated by ACT 3 International.
  • 45min of traditional performing arts workshop, focused on traditional dance, movements and music, facilitated by traditional arts practitioners.
Students will be organised into groups of 20 pax. Workshops will be conducted in 4 classrooms.


Download synopsis of the three stories.


The programme is suitable for pre-school children from Nursery 2 to Kindergarten 2 level.


If you are interested in the programme, please call ACT 3 International at 6735 9986 or email