2 Cultural Centres

Promotion of China's culture

Already up and running is the China Cultural Centre in Queen Street, built by the Chinese government at a cost of $44 million.

The 11-storey centre, which opened last November, is one of more than 20 that China has erected globally to promote its culture and bolster its soft power abroad.

It is also part of efforts by China and Singapore to foster exchanges in arts and culture.

The centre, on the site of the former People's Association clubhouse, has a 240-seat theatre, a 375 sq m exhibition hall and a library with 40,000 books. Other facilities include classrooms and a multi-purpose hall.

Mr Xiao Jianghua, the cultural counsellor from the Chinese Embassy here, said it will bring in top Chinese performers, and conduct courses on Chinese history and culture as well as masterclasses by well-known Chinese musicians and artists to benefit students here.

Members of its 10-man board include National Arts Council chairman Chan Heng Chee, prominent Singapore architect Liu Thai Ker, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts chairman Low Sin Leng and Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese Media Group executive vice-president Anthony Tan.

The China Cultural Centre, which cost $44 million to build, has a library with 40,000 books and a 240-seat theatre. PHOTO: CHINA CULTURAL CENTRE

The centre is celebrating Chinese New Year with performances by Chinese troupes.

An exhibition on minority Chinese tribal costumes is on till March 23.

Admission is free.

A showcase of the community in Singapore

A place to learn about Singaporean Chinese culture, not just for Chinese Singaporeans, but non-Chinese and new immigrants from China as well.

That is how the upcoming Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre in Shenton Way is described by its president and chairman, Mr Chua Thian Poh, 67, who says it is a milestone in the history of the Chinese community here. Aiming to promote racial harmony and the unique Singapore Chinese culture, it will be run as an independent community organisation.

Mr Chua adds: "I hope it will also be an integration centre for all Singaporeans." New Chinese immigrants and non-Chinese Singaporeans can learn more about the local Chinese community, its history and development, he says.

The $110 million centre, set up by the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, is due to be completed by the end of the year. It is 90 per cent funded by the Government, which provided the land.

It will have a multi-storey carpark, a 550-seat auditorium, an exhibition and multi-purpose hall, a reading area, classrooms and rehearsal rooms.

A $550,000 exhibition on Singapore Chinese culture entitled Blooms Of Vitality, Colours Of Life, held at the Singapore Conference Hall next door, was the centre's first major event. In the offing: an annual Singapore Chinese Culture Festival.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 07, 2016, with the headline '2 CULTURAL CENTRES Promotion of China's culture'. Print Edition | Subscribe