SCCC's Cultural Extravaganza Returns with Family-Friendly Activities Like Large-Scale Tiger Art Installations & Interactive Exhibition on Mythology

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SCCC’s Cultural Extravaganza Returns for its Fifth Year Featuring Cross-Cultural, Cross-Disciplinary and Cross-Generational Collaborations.

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Venue: Online and Onsite - Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906
Date: 13 May - 19 Jun 2022
Fee: Free and Ticketed

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) announced the grand return of its marquee event Cultural Extravaganza, which will take place from 13 May to 19 June 2022. Notable local art groups like Bhaskar's Arts Academy, Nine Years Theatre, T.H.E Dance Company, TENG Ensemble, Jazz Association (Singapore), Ding Yi Music Company, and PLAYInc will be joining this year’s festival lineup.

A central theme of Cultural Extravaganza 2022 is the idea of ‚Äúcrossovers‚ÄĚ, which represents the endless possibilities of creativity through collaborations between different arts groups in Singapore. This is part of the festival‚Äôs efforts to represent and re-present culture for every generation.

With 14 digital and on-site programmes over 38 days, ranging from musicals, concerts, interactive exhibitions, and dance productions, Cultural Extravaganza 2022 will gather groups from various genres to explore the intersections of cultures, art forms, and generations.


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Venue: SCCC Ho Bee Concourse, Level 1 and SCCC Roof Garden
Date: Till 31 Oct 2022
Time: 10 am - 8 pm
Fee: Free

Funderland is a striking and playful art installation that brings visitors on a three part adventure to discover tigers hidden throughout the SCCC building. Drawing inspiration from the Chinese nursery rhyme Two Tigers and the folktale of Wu Song Fighting the Tiger, Funderland uses lenticular installations and optical illusions to get visitors thinking about how we should respond to the challenges of today.

Be sure to witness the transformation of the building facade, concourse, and roof garden, and snap a shot of these tiger-inspired artworks!

Shadow Moon

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Venue: SCCC Far East Organisation Auditorium, Level 9
Date & Time: 

  • 14 May 2022: 3 pm - 4.30 pm & 8 pm - 9.30 pm
  • 15 May 2022: 3 pm - 4.30 pm

Fee: $38, $48
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles

Featuring maestros who helmed the xinyao era like Chen Jiaming, Roy Lee, Eric Moo, Jimmy Ye, Mu Zi, Lee Wei Song, Lee Si Song and Jiujian, Shadow Moon is a hybrid of upbeat alternative music and nostalgic xinyao. It follows the heartwarming story of two youths in love. Written by Johnson Wong and directed by Trey Ho, the musical rekindles the flavours of youth as our two protagonists navigate the different realities of life.

Based on the Chinese myth of karmic entanglements between Chang √Č and Feng Meng, this musical performance re-imagines the two enemies as lovers, with their genders reversed after several reincarnations.

Starring Bonnie Loo, Sugie Phua, Audrey Luo, Timothy Wan and Andy Yew.

Mythology RElooked

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Venue:  SCCC Ho Bee Concourse, Level 1
Date: 13 May - 31 Jul 2022
Time: 10 am - 8 pm
Fee: Free
Language: Texts in English and Chinese

Venture into the mystical realm of Chinese mythology through an interactive and immersive art experience in Mythology RElooked! Get your phones ready as you gear up to experience more than 20 art installations and works by local artists through immersive technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and digital reactive media.

Seven Sisters’ Sonata

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Venue: SCCC Far East Organisation Auditorium, Level 9
Date: 22 May 2022
Time: 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm
Fee: $35
Language: English and Chinese

Seven Sisters’ Sonata is a unique blend of Chinese chamber music on one of Singapore’s disappearing traditions, the Seven Sisters Festival.

Drawing inspiration from the fabled Chinese Valentine’s Day, this concert explores the origins of this tradition and re-interprets it in an intimate format of Chinese chamber music and dance. Set in Singapore’s iconic Chinatown, journey with our protagonist across time and space as she explores the vivid scenes and characters from this rich heritage location. Come connect the past and present of the fast-disappearing tradition of the Seven Sisters’ Festival with us.

This production is part of the ‚ÄúDisappearing...‚ÄĚ series, produced by Ding Yi Music Company and presented by Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, as part of the SCCC Cultural Extravaganza. The ‚ÄúDisappearing...‚ÄĚ series shines the spotlight and pays homage to the fading heritage and vanishing trades of our Singaporean Chinese culture.

The Forefathers Project

Image credits: TENG Ensemble

Venue: SCCC Far East Organisation Auditorium, Level 9
Date & Time: 

  • 17 Jun 2022: 8 pm - 9.30 pm
  • 18 Jun 2022: 3 pm - 4.30 pm

Fee: $35
Language: English with key points provided in Chinese

The TENG Ensemble innovates age-old traditions, celebrates Singapore’s unsung Chinese music pioneers and reimagines the sounds carried in the hearts of Singapore’s Chinese forefathers. Presenting a uniquely Chinese Singaporean identity, the lecture-concert features original works inspired by our diverse local Chinese dialect musical traditions.

Interviewing, documenting, and learning from first-generation masters, luthiers, instrument dealers, and proteges from the local Cantonese, Hokkien, Hainanese, Hakka and Teochew music traditions, The Forefathers Project marks an initiative by The TENG Ensemble to reimagine the possibilities of dialect music.

TGIF Music Station (CE Edition)

Venue: SCCC’s Facebook and TikTok
Date: 20 May 2022
Time: 8 pm - 9 pm
Fee: Free
Language: Mandarin

TGIF Music Station returns bigger and better this year for Cultural Extravaganza 2022! Featuring popular local artistes and rising stars, sing along to familiar pop hits at this special performance.

The lineup for TGIF Music Station will be announced at a later date.

Poetic Pandemic


Venue: Online and Onsite - SCCC Creative Box, Level 6
Date: 27 May - 26 Jun (Physical) | 27 May - 27 Aug 2022 (Digital)
Time: 10 am - 8 pm (Physical)
Fee: Free
Language: Texts in English and Chinese

From the vacuum of Covid isolation pours forth deep and frustrating desires to connect, break free, retreat, and reach out in turns. Poetic Pandemic is a rich expression of those intermingled desires, a multi-modal exhibition where original music, calligraphy and literature come together in intimate collaboration.

Enter the Creative Box of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and traverse 15 cultural islands that will unbox your pandemic-bottled inner voice. Immerse your senses in the poetry of Dr Ng King Kang, recited by actor Andie Chen and translated into calligraphy by Alan Tan Jwee Meng. The myriad experiences are wrapped in an atmospheric electro-ethnic score composed by SAtheCollective.

Immerse yourself in this definitive showcase of how art is richer when it doesn't live alone. Verses are translated into English, Malay and Tamil, and a digital exhibition is available for those unable to attend in person.

Jazz It Up! - A Jazzy Celebration of Chinese Songs 2022

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Venue: SISTIC Livestream and Onsite - SCCC Far East Organization Auditorium, Level 9
Date: 28 May - 29 May 2022
Time: 7.30 pm - 9 pm 


  • Onsite: $48, $68
  • Livestream (29 May only): $18

Language: English and Mandarin

Jazz It Up! 2022 once again features jazzy renditions of well-loved Chinese evergreens and modern-classic songs. Enjoy upbeat performances by the Jazz Association Singapore Orchestra (JASSO), led by Singapore's "King of Swing" ‚ÄĒ JASS Music Director Jeremy Monteiro, and JASS Associate Music Director Weixiang Tan.

This year’s concert will feature Mandopop veteran Jimmy Ye and acclaimed Mandarin-English singer-songwriter and producer Serene Koong, a three-time winner at the Global Chinese Golden Chart Awards and Singapore Hit Awards. Up-and-coming Singaporean singer-songwriter Marcus Lee of Channel U’s Campus Superstar and The Great Singapore Replay will also be joining as a performer and co-host for this year’s concert.

Colours of the Lion City

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Venue: Facebook Livestream and Onsite - SCO Concert Hall
Date: 29 May 2022
Time: 5 pm - 6 pm
Fee: Free (pre-registration required)
Language: English and Mandarin

Chinese orchestral music meets pop songs in Colours of the Lion City! Joined by local young talented singers Gavin Teo and Ferlyn G, bask in the upbeat musical atmosphere with the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra (SNYCO) and Associate Conductor Moses Gay this May. SNYCO Alumnus Ayden Sng will be hosting and facilitating the concert, which will also be live streamed on SCCC & SNYCO’s Facebook for all to enjoy.

Don’t miss out on their rendition of Accompany Me to see the Sunrise, Like a Swallow, Moonlight in the City and The General's Command in this unique cross-disciplinary performance.

Butterfly Lovers

Image credits: Bhaskar's Art Academy

Venue: SCCC Far East Organisation Auditorium, Level 9
Date: 3 Jun - 5 Jun 2022
Time: 8 pm - 9.30 pm
Fee: $25, $30
Language: English and Chinese

First premiered in 1958, Butterfly Lovers was pioneering dance doyenne Santha Bhaskar’s first full-length performance in Singapore. More than six decades later, Bhaskar’s Art Academy now re-imagines Butterfly Lovers by infusing Chinese classical dance movements into the performance.

Choreographed by Mrs Bhaskar’s daughter, Meenakshy Bhaskar and featuring music from the world-renowned Rajkumar Bharathi and local artist Neil Chua, this unique cross-cultural play brings a new perspective to the classic Chinese folktale of two tragic lovers. The work will be re-staged at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre for the first time, paying tribute to the late Mrs Bhasker for her lifelong dedication to our multi-cultural heritage.

Treasures of the Clans Exhibition

Venue: Online and Onsite - SCCC SCCCI Multi-purpose Hall, Level 7
Date: 3 Jun - 31 Jul 2022
Time: 10 am - 8 pm
Fee: Free
Language: Texts in English and Chinese

A collaboration with the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, Treasures of the Clans will bring together over 80 paintings and calligraphy works from various clans in Singapore, done by renowned artists such as Lim Tze Peng and Xu Beihong. These paintings by local and international artists reflect the strong ties between the artists and their respective clans over the past century.

Windward Side of the Mountain

Venue: Various locations at SCCC
Date: 9 Jun - 12 Jun 2022
Time: 8 pm - 9.30 pm
Fee: $40
Language: English and Mandarin

SAtheCollective, Nine Years Theatre and T.H.E Dance Company join forces for the first time to co-create Windward Side of the Mountain, a site-specific production set in urban Asia. Following a group of modern-day sojourners, venture into uncharted waters as they weather the ups and downs of their ] dangerous journey. Before long, they find themselves on the other side of a legendary mountain ‚ÄĒ only to discover that this is where the wind bellows.

Incorporating contemporary music, theatre and dance, the artistic collaboration between three local groups of different disciplines celebrates the warmth, strength, and will of humanity.

Rhythm of Time ‚ÄĒ Mini Film Festival


Venue: Online and Onsite - SCCC Far East Organisation Auditorium, Level 9
Date & Time: 

  • [Online] 20 Jun - 20 Aug 2022
  • [Onsite] 19 Jun 2022: 1.30 pm - 2.45 pm, 3.45 pm - 5 pm, 6 pm - 7.30 pm

Fee: Free (pre-registration required)
Language: Multi-languages with English/Chinese Subtitles

Generation gaps are limited not only to human connections but also occur to landscapes, values and culture ‚ÄĒ these are the different changes Singapore has gone through. Featuring a selection of local short films, Rhythm of Time ‚ÄĒ Mini Film Festival is a time capsule that documents various depictions of the generation gap in Singapore from the 1940s to the present day.

Many of these critically-acclaimed shorts are no longer easily accessible to the public, with the oldest one produced more than 25 years ago. Carefully curated by Screentone, this mini film festival will be presented both physically and online, accompanying the launch of SCCC’s latest short film, Aunt Lotus & Her Dream Bicycle.

List of the 17 short films:

  1. Aunt Lotus & Her Dream Bicycle
  2. Grandma Positioning System
  3. Letters from the Motherland
  4. Sukaraan
  5. Trishaw
  6. The Perm
  7. Nursery Rhymes
  8. The Reunion Dinner
  9. In Between These Pages
  10. Sunshine Singapore
  11. Madam Chan
  12. Moving House
  13. 148: Shangri-La Confectionary
  14. Happy Birthday Ah Ma
  15. Bunga Sayang
  16. My Father After Dinner
  17. What About Farquhar?

Aunt Lotus & Her Dream Bicycle ‚ÄĒ Film Launch and Dialogue


Venue: SCCC Far East Organisation Auditorium, Level 9
Date: 19 Jun 2022
Time: 11 am - 12.30 pm
Fee: Free (pre-registration required)
Language: Dialogue in Mandarin. Film in Chinese and Teochew, with English/Chinese Subtitles

Aunt Lotus & Her Dream Bicycle is a Mandarin and Teochew language short film that follows the story of Aunt Lotus, a blind grandma who dreams of riding a bicycle again. Determined to fulfil her desire, Aunt Lotus constructs an unusual cycling simulation, using nothing but common household items.

Starring veteran theatre practitioner Jalyn Han, the film examines the theme of living with a sense of adventure and fearlessness to chase one’s dreams. To be launched at Cultural Extravaganza 2022, the screening will be the world premiere of Aunt Lotus & Her Dream Bicycle, followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers and cast.



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Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day

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