September 2003

 The Peranakan Legacy
 Date

1 Jan 2002 to 31 Dec 2003

 Event & Description

Experience the complex hybrid world of the Peranakans - a unique culture forged between the Chinese, Malay and European worlds. The Peranakan Legacy showcases the rich material heritage of the Peranakans from the Straits Settlements and the Indonesian Archipelago. Visitors will find dedicated displays of the textile, beading, silverwork, porcelain, betel-chewing and jewellery traditions of the Peranakans. Among the highlights will be a display of the museum's renowned batik, embroidery and beadwork collections and a chance to view exquisite silver and porcelain pieces from the holdings of the Mariette Collections; a major collection of Peranakan art.
Opening hours :
Mondays: 12 noon to 6 pm
Tuesdays to Sundays: 9 am to 6 pm
Free admission on Friday nights: 6 pm to 9 pm

 SeptFest 2003 - A celebration of the legacy of Kuo Pao Kun
 Date

1 Sep 2003 to 11 Oct 2003

 Event & Description

For the first time, The Theatre Practice and the Theatre Training and Research Programme join The Substation to present Septfest 2003 in a celebration of the life and work of our mutual founder, Kuo Pao Kun. The programmes include the Kuo Pao Kun Festival, held for the very first time, exhibitions and launch of a new publication on Kuo Pao Kun.
Some of the highlights of the Kuo Pao Kun Festival are as follows:
17 to 21 September 2003, 8 pm at Guinness Theatre: Descendants of the Eunich Admiral in Mandarin.
24 to 28 September 2003, 8 pm at Guinness Theatre: The Coffin Is Too Big For The Hole.
1 to 5 October 2003, 8 pm at Guinness Theatre: Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral in Malay.
10 to 14 September, 8 pm at Guinness Theatre: Tartuffe.
1 to 16 September, 11 am to 9 pm at the Gallery: Exhibition by Ye Shufang
5 September 2003, 8pm at Garden: Gig.
18 September to 8 October 2003, 11 am to 9pm at the Gallery: The Home that Pao Kun Built.
27 September 2003, 6pm at the Gallery: Launch of 'Stitch A Quilt of Memories - Kuo Pao Kun's Stories'.
7 to 11 October 2003, 8 pm at Guinness Theatre: Asian Film Symposium 3 - A Moving Images Prgramme.

 Half A Century of Chinese Wood Block Prints
 Date

2 Sep 2003 to 19 Oct 2003

 Event & Description

Come and be part of an enthralling and unprecedented exhibition of over 100 original woodblock prints exemplifying the birth and evolution of China's historic Creative Woodblock Print Movement as well as its influence on the artists who matured after the Cultural Revolution. Until now, no other exhibition on this subject of this scope has been shown internationally and almost no literature existed on the Creative Woodblock Print Movement in the western language. So, don't miss this rare opportunity that comes right in front of your eyes in Singapore
Opening hours :
Tuesdays to Saturdays: 9.30 am to 8 pm
Sundays and Mondays: 1 pm to 5 pm
Closed on Public Holidays

 Spirit of Wood

 Date

5 Sep 2003 to 30 Nov 2003

 Event & Description

The Spirit of Wood exhibition will examine traditional Malay woodcarving from the Northeastern states of the Malay peninsula. The exhibition comprises over 150 works of art that explore the traditions, techniques and philosophy of Malay woodcarving. From architectural elements like mosques and palaces to everyday items like cake moulds and tackle boxes, this exhibition is an expression of the creator's artistry and creative spirit. The collection includes carvings by famed Malaysian woodcarver, the late Nik Rashiddin Nik Hussein and Norhaiza Noordin.
Opening hours :
Monday, 12pm to 6pm
Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 6pm
Friday, 9am to 9pm (Free admission after 6pm)

 "Hola!" from Mexico - A Travelling Exhibition by Servicio Postal Mexicano

 Date

11 Sep 2003 to 5 Oct 2003

 Event & Description

In conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of "Festival Mexicano" organised by the Embassy of Mexico, a travelling display of stamps issued by the Mexican Postal Service (Servicio Postal Mexicano) has made its way to Singapore. Having travelled from Beijing, Shanghai, Japan, Korea and Indonesia, the exhibition will make a 25-day stop at the Singapore Philatelic Museum from 11 September to 5 October 2003. Check out an exciting display of 860 commemorative stamps which reflect the historical, artistic and cultural influences that shape modern Mexico. You will learn about the early settlers in Mexico, crafts, music, dance, food festivals and more!
Exhibition Timing:
Monday - 12pm to 6pm
Tuesday to Sunday - 9am to 6pm

 Inspiring Artistes

 Date

24 Sep 2003 to 13 Oct 2003

 Event & Description

It is the time of the year to be mesmerized by the Inspiring Artistes concert series. Some very enthralling events are featured in this series which will surely entertain you!

Konstantin Scherbakov who has been hailed by critics as the world’s foremost interpreter of the entire Rachmaninov piano repertoire will be playing pieces from Etudes-tableaux, Moments Musicaux, Morceaux de Fantasie, Op. 23 Preludes and also the famous Variations on a Theme of Chopin Op 22. In keeping with the spirit of Inspiring Artistes concerts, Konstantin Scherbakov will also be performing with the NUS Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra will celebrate Russian Masters by performing the works of Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.

There will also be two free admission events during this period. The first would be a "Talk-cum-mini-performance", in which the NUS Symphony Orchestra members will give talks on the Russian school of playing and at the same time give a mini-performance, which would be an entertaining prelude to their concert, celebrating Russian Masters. The second would be a screening of the Film "Brief Encounter". This movie by Noel Coward’s play, Still Life, legendary filmmaker David Lean deftly explores the thrill and tenderness of an illicit romance in the dour Britain of 1945. From a meeting on a train platform, a middle-aged married doctor and a suburban housewife enter into a quietly passionate, ultimately doomed love affair, set to a swirling Rachmaninov score. Nominated for three Academy Awards, this is a must-see film before watching the Rachamaninov performance by Konstantin Scherbakov! Finally the series round up with two Masterclasses open to all music enthusiasts by Konstantin Scherbakvo and Silver-Garbang Piano Duo respectively.

 Pilgrimage to Kusu Island

 Date

26 Sep 2003 to 24 Oct 2003

 Event & Description

Legend has it that a turtle once saved two shipwrecked sailors - a Chinese and a Malay - from drowning. As an act of thanks, the two men built a Chinese temple, a Malay shrine and a huge turtle sculpture on the island. Today, Taoists make an annual pilgrimage to the Tua Pekong Temple on Kusu Island (which means “turtle island” in Chinese) to pray for prosperity, luck and fertility. Event dates would be confirmed closer to the event.

 Navarathiri Festival

 Date

26 Sep 2003 to 4 Oct 2003

 Event & Description

Meaning "nine nights" in Tamil, the Navarathiri Festival is celebrated in honour of Mother Goddess who takes the form of Sri Durga (depicts power), Sri Lakshmi (depicts wealth) and Sri Saraswathy (depicts knowledge). On the 10th night, which is called Vijayadhashami - meaning the Day of Victory, the statue of Mother Goddess is decorated on a horse chariot and is paraded around the temple in a show of victory over the demon Mahishasuran. Throughout the festival, the various Hindu temples will showcase many classical music and dance performances. Temple etiquette requires visitors to be dressed appropriately and shoes to be removed at the door.

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