The Malay Heritage Centre ClosingFest - A Final Onsite Event With A Bang!



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The Malay Heritage Centre will have one final onsite festival from 1 to 30 Oct 2022 before it closes for redevelopment. 

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre
Dates: 1 - 30 Oct 2022
Admission: Free with fees for certain activities

The Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) will close its doors for redevelopment works on 30 Oct 2022 to refresh the Centre’s facilities, content and offerings. To mark its closing, the Centre invites families and friends to immerse in a final showcase of local Malay culture and heritage in the month of October with MHC ClosingFest.

The MHC ClosingFest will present a celebration of Malay traditions and heritage through various on-site performances and activities, and also celebrate MHC’s legacy and milestones over the years.

MHC ClosingFest Gala Opening

Date: 14 Oct 2022
Time: 8.30 pm - 10 pm

MHC’s ClosingFest opens with a bang with performances from local artistes such as Azrin Abdullah, Alunada and Orkestra Melayu Singapura, that pays tribute to the joget genre (traditional dance form known for its lively beats and fast-paced rhythm). These performances also hint at the upcoming revamped galleries, which would feature narratives from popular culture and entertainment centres from post-war Singapore.  

This item is a throwback to the launch of the Malay CultureFest in 2013 which also featured the joget genre, once popular in the entertainment centres, film and radio.

Bazaar Nusantara

Date: 15 & 16 Oct 2022
Time: 4 pm - 10 pm

Visit the Bazaar Nusantara to experience different cultures from all over the Nusantara! Try out different cuisines, witness cultural practices as well as various performances from the Baweanese, Bugis and Banjarese representatives such as Baweanese silat (a form of martial arts), Javanese kuda kepang (traditional dance) and a keris (dagger) cleansing ritual.

You can also learn more about these cultures through a display of objects rich in history such as textiles, traditional dress, jewellery, crafts, publications and many more.

Konsert SaloMambo

Date: 15 Oct 2022
Time: 8.30 pm - 10 pm

Konsert SaloMambo pays tribute to Saloma, one of the most established and respected female stars Singapore has ever produced. This concert, performed by Malaysian artistes Orkes Gypsie Lautan featuring Malaysian singers Jamilah Abu Bakar and Azmy, will focus on Saloma’s less traditional contributions to Singapore and Malay music repertoire, zooming in on her more collaborative and innovative efforts with the likes of The Quest. 

Sing and dance along to the fusion of genres in this special one-night-only performance.

Drop-In Activities

Date: 1, 2, 8, 9, 29 & 30 Oct 2022
Time: 12 pm - 5 pm

Drop in and try your hand at an exciting array of craft activities to kick off MHC’s ClosingFest. Have a ball and get creative with your besties and little ones at MHC this October. Come down and don't miss out on this final opportunity to create lasting memories with us! 

  • 1 & 2 Oct: Create Your Own Nasi Ambeng Bookmarks and Bunga Rampai (potpourri) Making
  • 8 & 9 Oct: Fun with Gamelan and Shadow Puppet Making
  • 29 & 30 Oct: Kebaya-inspired Badge Making

From 1 - 30 Oct, drop by our Visitor Services Centre with your little ones to try your hand at various family-friendly craft activities.

Himpunan Serumpun V

Date: 21 Oct 2022
Time8.30 pm - 10 pm

Party with NADI Singapura, one of the first groups to be part of MHC’s arts incubation programme, in this exhilarating performance newly crafted with former resident arts groups just for MHC’s ClosingFest! This performance will feature younger members of NADI Singapura, further highlighting the importance of passing down our heritage to ensure the longevity of traditional art forms in contemporary Singapore.

Lintas Nusantara Showcase

Date: 23 Oct 2022
Time: 8.30 pm - 10 pm

Lintas Nusantara is MHC’s annual dance festival that showcases dances from all over the Nusantara. Lintas Nusantara is back at MHC for the final time before the revamp, and will focus on the dances that exist in Singapore using influences of silat from various regions around the Nusantara.

Playnting – Where Playing Meets Painting

Date: 30 Oct 2022
Time: 11 am - 12 pm, 2 pm - 3 pm, 4 pm - 5 pm
Fees: $18 (standard), $14.40 (concession)

Playing meets painting in this sensory-stimulating workshop, where visual arts, music and drama are combined. Participants will get to ‘playnt’ with drumsticks
onto a canvas or tote bag, to an upbeat music playlist of popular Malay tunes through the years. Grab this opportunity to learn basic traditional rhythms and drum out your own unique ‘Playnting’ with artist, Khaitama.

No admission for children of ages 4 years old and below.

Reopening In 2025

MHC is expected to reopen in 2025, following the revamp. During the closure, MHC will continue to engage Singaporeans through online programmes and outreach initiatives such as travelling exhibitions, as well as programmes in partnership with stakeholders in the Kampong Gelam precinct, as part of their continued efforts to showcase local Malay heritage and culture to Singaporeans.



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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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