Organisers of the inaugural Chinese Culture Week, which runs between Sept 9 and 13, hope to bring Chinese culture and history to audiences here through a series of themed events, mainly exhibitions.
Some highlights include a fashion exhibition featuring both Singaporean and Chinese designers' take on the traditional Chinese cheongsam dress and a photography exhibition of the Silk Road trade route by acclaimed American photographer Michael Yamashita.
There will also be a calligraphy exhibition and other invitation-only events such as a forum to discuss contemporary Chinese culture and a cheongsam masterclass.
The initiative is led by the Camellia Culture & Business Centre, a private club for business networking and cultural learning, set up by Shanghai-born businesswoman Jennifer Li, who is in her 40s.
It is supported by other partners such as the China Cultural Centre and DesignSingapore Council.
BOOK IT /CHINESE CULTURE WEEK
WHERE: Various locations
WHEN: Sept 9 to 13, various times
Fashion Tales From The Orient
See how Singapore and Chinese designers interpret the cheongsam.
Where: National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road
When: Sept 10 to 28, 9am to 9pm daily
One Belt, One Road - The Silk Road Journey exhibition
American photographer Michael Yamashita has shot for National Geographic for more than 30 years and this exhibition takes viewers on the Silk Road trade route that olden-day merchants took through regions such as Xinjiang.
Where: China Cultural Centre, 217 Queen Street
When: Sept 14 to 28, 11am to 6pm (Tuesday to Sunday), closed on Monday
"We see it as a platform to introduce the rich tapestry of Chinese heritage and history, and to promote cultural exchange, development and trade," said Ms Li at a press conference last month to unveil details of the event.
It opens with Fashion Tales From The Orient, an exhibition curated around the cheongsam, which will feature works by Chinese designer Lan Yu as well as Singapore names such as Kevin Seah, Chi Chi Von Tang, Time Taken To Make A Dress and Something Old Something New.
Lan, 30, has her own fashion brand, Lanyu, and is known for her haute couture wedding dresses. She was in Forbes China's 2014 30 under 30 list. She will be showcasing Mom's Art, a haute couture collection she unveiled in Paris last month.
"I'm applying a Chinese folk art - paper cutting - into our designs for the first time. Besides lace, we are also using a delicate type of chiffon from Japan. With that as a canvas, Suzhou embroidery artist spent weeks to create floral patterns. Decorated with real pearls, the design will highlight the softness and elegance of women," she tells The Straits Times in an e-mail interview.
Yamashita, who is known for his work for National Geographic magazine, retraces routes taken by explorers such as Marco Polo and Zheng He on the ancient Silk Road through his photograph series, titled One Belt, One Road - The Silk Road Journey, which will be held at the China Cultural Centre.
Yamashita, who took the shots over eight years, calls them "a celebration of the spirit of exploration and cooperation that exemplifies both these men and is still alive today".