Crossing Cultures at Asian Civilisation Museum - Bold & Beautiful

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Explore the bold and beautiful art and cultural contributions by women at Crossing Cultures at ACM: BOLD & BEAUTIFUL.

Venue: Asian Civilisation Museum
Dates: 2 - 3 Mar 2024
Admission: Free for most activities

At Crossing Cultures at ACM: BOLD & BEAUTIFUL, visitors will get to discover traditional practices of the past and meet today’s inspiring practitioners in various creative industries. Everyone is welcome to celebrate women in these dynamic fields! 

Enjoy a picnic on ACM Green with captivating performances of Indian Dance, Malay Dance and bagpipes by local artists and arts groups Bhaskar’s Arts Academy, Hasyimah Harith (P7:1SMA) and the Women Police Pipes & Drums (WPPD) respectively. Read on to find out more!

Purappadu: A Female-led Kathakali Performance by Bhaskar’s Arts Academy

2 March, 6pm, 8pm
ACM Green, Free Admission 

Experience a unique interpretation of Kathakali as female dancers from Bhaskar’s Arts Academy defy tradition with a captivating performance titled ‘Purappadu’. Marvel at the elaborate makeup and costumes associated with Kathakali performances. Kathakali is traditionally performed by men, including the female roles, so don’t miss this chance to witness this groundbreaking performance by Bhaskar’s Arts Academy’s female dancers!

Behind-the-Scenes with Bhaskar’s Arts Academy

2 March, 4.30–5.30pm
River Room, Level 2, Free Admission 

An exclusive behind-the-scenes session where you’ll get a glimpse of the elaborate makeup and costume preparation process for Kathakali performances! 

Gendong (Cradle) by Hasyimah Harith (P7:1SMA)

2–3 March, 6:30pm, 8:30pm 
ACM Green, Free Admission

In the cultural tradition of gendong, caregivers cradle infants or toddlers on their back or hip using an intricately decorated carrier cloth like hawat, benning, or ba'. They are adorned with beaded panels featuring protective symbols and magical elements believed to ward off evil in the Dayak communities.

Women Police Pipes & Drums (WPPD), from Singapore Police Force

3 March, 5.30pm, 7.30pm 
ACM Green, Free Admission

Catch the rousing performance by the Women Police Pipes and Drums (WPPD) from the Singapore Police Force! These full-time police officers will showcase their musical prowess in an outdoor performance at ACM. 

"Do You See What I See?" by Pixie Tan

2–8 March 2024; All Day
Lobby, L1, Free Admission

"Do You See What I See?" is an interactive installation to reconsider self-reflection, conceptualised by Pixie Tan, art director and educator from Singapore.  

Modern-day Artisans: Loom & Braid with Craft Atelier

2–3 March, 4–9pm
Lobby, Level 1, Free Admission

Experience the art of weaving with a modern loom and get a glimpse into the complex skills of the past! Discover the process of making textiles through a hands-on weaving activity, demonstrating how looms weave threads together to form cloth and tapestry. 

Family-friendly Reading and Crafting Corner

2–3 March, 4–9pm
Foyer, Level 2, Free Admission 

Take advantage of all the fun things to keep the kids busy! Explore past ACM craft kits*, learning resources, and a selection of books about the Philippines and the Americas at the Reading and Crafting Corner. 

Please note that children under the age of 9 years old will need to be accompanied by an adult.

* While supplies last.  


For more information, visit Crossing Cultures at ACM: BOLD & BEAUTIFUL.


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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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