Swarhythm | A Musical Journey - From Traditional to Contemporary

When: 15 March 2020, 3pm

Where: Stamford Arts Centre, #01-05


The Swarhythm Ensemble presents Swarhythm, a majestic confluence of the rich melodies and rhythms of India weaved in with ethnic Malay and Chinese elements. Helmed by accomplished tabla artist and Young Artist Award recipient Nawaz Mirajkar, the Swarhythm Ensemble is a multi-ethnic group of talented musicians based in Singapore. The group is known for their creative and contemporary interpretations of traditional music.


Free admission but registration is required at Peatix.

Storytelling • Paper Cutting • Goodies (in Mandarin)

When: 9 February 2020, 3pm

Where: Stamford Arts Centre, #01-05 


Free admission but registration is required at Peatix.
Recommended for ages 5 and above with an accompanying adult.
Limited vacancies for craft activity. First-come, first-served.


Supported by National Arts Council


2020 is the Year of the Rat, and “Rat” is the first of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The programme will begin with storytelling of a popular folk tale “The Wedding of the Mice” (老鼠娶新娘). According to legend, the third day of Chinese New Year is a big day for mice to get married. The Head of the Mice Village decides to look for the strongest mouse to marry his daughter, so that they can be protected from attacks by the Big Cat. But who shall be the strongest mouse to be the groom? How will Ah Lang the Mouse defeat the rest to marry the beautiful daughter of the Village Head?


Paper Cutting is one of the oldest traditional Chinese folk crafts. It is customary to cut and hang bright pieces of paper with intricate designs during Chinese New Year. Children will learn about the art of paper cutting and have the hands-on experience to cut paper designs of a mouse.


Chinese New Year snacks will also be served and children will get to learn the symbolism behind these traditional goodies.


About Storyteller Auntie Bijuan

A graduate of Taiwan National Kaohsiung Normal University, Auntie Bijuan has been actively promoting Mandarin storytelling for parents and children together. An experienced and skilful storyteller, she has been organising storytelling activities in the past years at various venues including Grassroots Book Room and The Esplanade.

Gambus – A Journey from Middle East to Far East

When: 24 November 2019, 3pm

Where: Stamford Arts Centre, #01-05


Presented by Singapore Oudists, the performance features the different genres of music played on the Gambus, an instrument used in traditional Malay music. Audience will enjoy a repertoire that includes music from the Middle East, popular songs, and original compositions by both local and regional musicians. In addition to the different playing styles and embellishments, audience will also learn bite-sized information on the history of Gambus in Singapore. 


Admission is free.

in exploration: The Identity of Chinese Dance


When: 19-20 October 2019

Where: Stamford Arts Centre, Black Box


Masterclass by Mui Cheuk-Yin: Saturday, 19 Oct 2019, 9.30am-12.30pm


Originally trained in Chinese classical and ethnic dance, Mui Cheuk-Yin was the lead dancer in numerous dance drama productions of the Hong Kong Dance Company in the 1980’s. In the 1990’s, Mui became an independent artist, choreographing, teaching, performing, and producing dance works in Hong Kong. Mui has created critically acclaimed works that traverse between traditional and contemporary with effortless fluidity. Join her at this masterclass to explore and experiment with the elements of Chinese Dance choreography.


  • This masterclass is recommended for (a) full-time dance students (aged 16 and above), with some choreography experience, OR (b) dancers with minimum of four years of ballet, contemporary dance or Chinese dance experience and regular training, with some choreography experience.
  • Pre-registration is required; please email your name, contact number and dance CV to Successful applicants will be contacted within 5 working days to purchase tickets to this masterclass.


Public talk* by Mui Cheuk-Yin and Yang Yuntao: Sunday, 20 Oct 2019, 2-4pm


Seize this rare opportunity to dialogue with two internationally renowned choreographers: Artistic Director of Hong Kong Dance Company Yang Yuntao (Hong Kong) and independent artist Mui Cheuk-Yin (Hong Kong). Find out more about how they create works that are compelling to modern audiences while remaining rooted in Chinese Dance.


*Please note that the presentations by the two choreographers will be delivered in Mandarin, with brief summary points in English. English translation will only be provided during the dialogue segment. 


Click here to register for the public talk. Admission is free.

A Teahouse of Crosstalk @ Stamford Arts Centre

When: 22 September 2019 (Sun), 3pm & 5pm

Where: Stamford Arts Centre, #01-08 


This Mid-Autumn season, enjoy crosstalk performances in a teahouse setting, while being served with traditional snacks and Chinese tea. Young People's Performing Arts Ensemble (YPPAE) will present five popular crosstalk items, including: 


A Date with Traditional Arts

Venue: Stamford Arts Centre 

Date(s): 30-31 August 2019 (Fri & Sat)

Time(s): 7-11.15pm


Enjoy the charm of traditional arts programmed by the National Arts Council, as part of the Singapore Night Festival, from 30-31 August at the redeveloped Stamford Arts Centre (SAC). Be inspired by Singapore’s rich and diverse cultures through performances that include Indian classical dance by Bhaskar’s Arts Academy, Malay musical performance by award-winning group Kelana Purba, Mandarin cross talk by Sin Feng Xiang Sheng Society (新风相声学会), traditional glove puppetry by the Paper Monkey Theatre, and more. Wind down to tunes by Open Score Project and WEBE or bond with family and friends over hands-on activities such as Batik painting, Chinese calligraphy and Rangoli. Discover more about this multidisciplinary centre with a focus on traditional arts through the architectural tour, virtual Chinese Opera tour or SAC’s self-guided walking trail.


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Programme Highlights

  Belonging by Open Score Project  


Belonging by Open Score Project


30-31 Aug


Black Box


OSP presents an hour of music showcasing ten different instruments from various cultures, yet all at home with one another. Celebrate friendship and good company as the ensemble plays into the night, delighting you with familiar folk tunes and several original compositions, including Moliendo Café, Bunga Sayang, Alishan, Echoes and Traces, and Anjakan Jiwa.


SAC Night Fest Photo 1

Kembara Kelana (Wanders of Wanderer) by Kelana Purba


30 Aug




Join in the fun with award-winning dikir barat group Kelana Purba as they present this interactive Malay traditional choral singing that encompasses synchronized hand movements and singing accompanied by live percussions music. 


The Tiger Hero by Paper Monkey Theatre


30 Aug 




Follow the martial arts master Wu Song as he crosses Jingyang Ridge and meets a man-eating tiger! How will Wu Song handle the situation while being intoxicated?


Come join the adventures of Wu Song in this puppetry rendition of the classic Chinese novel, Water Margin, by Paper Monkey Theatre, which aims to inspire through the themes of courage and prevailing hardships.


Krishna's Promise by Bhaskar’s Arts Academy


30-31 Aug




Appreciate the delicate movements of Indian classical dance by Bhaskar’s Arts Academy Kathakali Troupe, which will present an excerpt from Duryodhana Vadham from the epic Mahabharata. 


Longgok by P7:1SMA


30-31 Aug




Longgok is conceptualised based on the Malay superstition of the unseen Jinn that hangs around piles of unfolded clothes. It is a unique take on the connection between human behavior and the “unseen”, exploring the idea of anonymous living in present times. P7:1SMA, pronounced as Prisma, is a local contemporary dance company that create works with embodiment of Malay folk form.


不许听懂/ Listen Any Way* by WEBE

Chinese Classics and Dialect Folk Songs with WEBE


31 Aug




*In Mandarin and Dialects


WEBE is the unabashedly Singaporean trio of Kailin Yong, Felix Phang and Dawn Wong. Named after a colloquial Hokkien phrase “Wu Eh Bo Eh”, which means “this and that”, WEBE was formed to explore unusual sounds made by interesting things. Join WEBE as they consider their roots through interpretations of Chinese and Dialect folk songs.


Mandarin Crosstalk*  by Sin Feng Xiang Sheng Society (新风相声学会)


31 Aug 




*In Mandarin


The veterans from local long-standing Mandarin crosstalk group Sin Feng Xiang Sheng Society will present a new crosstalk work I Love Singapore (我爱新加坡) reflecting the “different” ways of loving our nation, and a traditional work Riddles (猜谜语) that will tickle your mind.

  Digital Experience  

Chinese Opera Stage Tour


30-31 Aug




The Chinese opera stage tour brings visitors through an immersive journey of discovery into the world of traditional Chinese street opera. This virtual reality tour will bring visitors from the backstage area to the performance area, providing a 360-view of the stage. Take a step out of the audience’s seat onto the stage to find out more about how makeup, costumes, props, headdresses and musical instruments come together in a Chinese opera performance. 


The full Chinese Opera Stage Tour will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. There are limited devices and they will be loaned out on a first-come-first-served basis.



SAC Walking Trail


30-31 Aug


Loan a device at the main entrance


The SAC Walking Trail offers visitors an interactive experience to learn about the history, features and artists of the arts centre. Visitors can loan a device to activate eight different experiences around the centre at various stations. This augmented reality walking trail brings visitors from the main entrance to the Black Box and around the building to learn more about the centre and its arts residents. Along the trail, visitors will also be able to try out classical Indian dance hand gestures, watch a variety of performance excerpts in a 3D model of the Black Box and learn about different musical instruments. It is perfect for those who are keen to get moving while discovering fun facts and new experiences about the SAC.


The full SAC Walking Trail takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete.  There are limited devices and they will be loaned out on a first-come-first-served basis. All devices may be loaned out within the first 15 minutes of available timeslots. 



Rangoli by Vijaya Mohan


30-31 Aug




Try your hand at painting a 5-metre circular piece of Rangoli, the traditional Indian floor art. Guided by established Rangoli artist Vijaya Mohan, public members will learn how to fill in the pattern outline with colour powders. 


Mini Batik Painting by Kamal Arts Ltd


30-31 Aug




Guided by well-known batik artist, Kamal Dollah, the activity is an introduction to the traditional art of batik painting with pre-waxed batik on a box board for colouring with dye. Participants may bring home their own piece of work.


Chinese Calligraphy by Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal-Carving Calligraphy & Painting Society (啸涛篆刻书画会)


30-31 Aug



Public members can have a taste of Chinese calligraphy by writing simple characters or phrases with brushes. They may also learn about how Chinese characters originated from symbols and pictures, so as to better understand and appreciate Chinese calligraphy.


Mural Doodling by Band of Doodlers


30-31 Aug


Outdoor (Pavement outside #01-08 facing Middle Road)


Band of Doodlers will be collaborating with the public to doodle on a mural. This interactive activity will be guided by the doodlers to draw about the heritage of Waterloo Street with a theme that focuses on Traditional Arts.