A belated May blog post on Heritage Fest 2016, Singapore.
Running its 13th year, Singapore HeritageFest brings to the public the diverse cultural heritage of this little city. From food trails to music recitals to experiencing Singapore’s last living kampong; Pulau Ubin. There’s something for everyone.
I’m embarrassed to admit that it’s our first year participating in Heritage Fest. We managed to catch two programmes:
Aliwal Arts Centre Open House
Through the workshops, we learned various traditional art forms, such as the Malay dance by DIAN dancers and Chinese opera by Nam Hwa Opera.
Hannah liked the pretty DIAN dancers so much that she wanted to take a picture with them.
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that Hannah is a big fan of Chinese opera. She was excited to watch the opera up close!
We found out how opera singers use gestures, facial expressions and their props to express the emotions of the characters portrayed.
Romance, Hope and Dreams @ Velocity, Novena Square
Like most little girls, Hannah loves weddings! Ask her about the weddings she attended, and she’ll rattle off the names of the couple, and colour of the evening gowns those brides wore.
“Romance, Hope and Dreams” was the perfect exhibition for her to learn about the meanings of traditional wedding practices and beliefs of different ethnic communities.
Every traditional wedding ceremony had been modelled with clay. See how intricate they are? They remind me of Alexandra Bruel’s clay pop art. Amazing.
Singapore HeritageFest happens from April to May every year. Be sure to check out www.heritagefest.sg for their latest happenings.