Chinese cultural hub to be ready in Nov

When the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre is ready in November, it will boast a 530-seat auditorium, a 500-seat multi-purpose hall and a 150-seat recital hall. It will officially open next year.
When the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre is ready in November, it will boast a 530-seat auditorium, a 500-seat multi-purpose hall and a 150-seat recital hall. It will officially open next year. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

The $110 million, 11-storey Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre has risen in Shenton Way.

Located beside the Singapore Conference Hall, the centre's main structure has been completed, following 15 months of construction.

When it is ready in November, it will boast a 530-seat auditorium, a 500-seat multipurpose hall and 150-seat recital hall.

The centre, which officially opens next year, will also have a visual arts gallery, activity concourse and a 2,000 sq m roof terrace garden.

A topping-out ceremony, officiated by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, was held at the building yesterday.

Ms Fu said the centre will be an important platform to "cultivate a deeper understanding, broader appreciation and long-lasting love" for Chinese culture.

Speaking in Mandarin, she said: "Understanding our own cultural backgrounds can help us gain confidence as a people, facilitate communication among diverse races and build on our shared values."

The centre's chairman, Mr Chua Thian Poh, president of the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, said the building is poised to showcase the "charm and vitality" of Chinese culture.

The Government is covering 90 per cent of the centre's construction costs. Almost $29 million has been pledged by individuals and groups, like local clan associations, for construction and other costs.

Mr Dedric Wong, 29, general manager of Ding Yi Music Company, a Chinese chamber music ensemble, said the centre offers groups like his an alternative venue for performances. "It will also give different Chinese arts groups the opportunity to collaborate and put up better productions," he said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2016, with the headline 'Chinese cultural hub to be ready in Nov'. Print Edition | Subscribe