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Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
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17 Jun 2023 - 18 Jun 2023
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10am - 7pm
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Free admission with ticketed activities

Gather up for a host of fun and exciting activities to celebrate Chinese arts, culture, and heritage at Wan Qing Dragon Boat Festival 2023! 

Discover the story and traditions behind Dragon Boat Festival, one of the oldest cultural festivals in the world, and revel in the rich historical and cultural significance of the festival with a line-up of activities including a brand new escape game activity, live performances, cultural workshops, a brand-new heritage walking tours, storytelling sessions, and more during the weekend open house. 

Escape Game Activity

Lost in Time: The Case of the Missing Researcher 

Date: 17 & 18 June 2023
Time: 10am - 11.30am (Sunday only) 11.30am - 1pm, 1pm - 2.30pm (Sunday only), 2.30pm - 4pm, 4pm - 5.30pm
Admission: $8 per pax, group of 4 - 5 pax recommended; purchase tickets via Peatix. Tickets available from 19 May 2023, 6pm onwards.

Suitable for participants aged 10 years and above. Recommended group size of 4 – 5 pax. The game is conducted in English. 

You and your team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a renowned researcher who has vanished while studying a mysterious 19th century artefact. The researcher was known for his obsession with the artefact's historical significance and is believed to have used a forbidden method of time travel that has left him trapped in the past.

To find and rescue the researcher, you and your team will need to navigate through twists and turns to uncover clues and solve puzzles. But beware, as there may be those who would go to great lengths to keep the researcher hidden, and the dangers of the forbidden method of time travel are ever-present.

Can you locate the missing researcher and bring him back to safety before it's too late? The clock is ticking, and time is running out. The fate of the researcher rests in your hands. Can you complete the mission and bring him back to the present? 


Parent-Child Wearable Dragon Boat Craft Workshop

(Supported by A2+rt Studio)
Date: 17 & 18 June 2023
Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Admission: $24 per parent-child pair; purchase tickets via Peatix. Tickets available from 26 May 2023, 10am onwards. 

Recommended for children aged 4 – 12 years old. The workshop is conducted in English.

Join us for a fun and interactive parent-child workshop where you and your little ones can bond over a creative craft session to make a wearable dragon boat while learning about the history and origins of the Dragon Boat Festival.

Parent-Child Hainanese Rice Dumpling Making Workshop

(Supported by Bak Chang Queen)
Date: 18 June 2023
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Admission: $38 per parent-child pair; purchase tickets via Peatix. Tickets available from 26 May 2023, 10am onwards. 

Recommended for children aged 8 years and above. The workshop is conducted in Mandarin.

Join us for a special parent-child workshop where you’ll learn the art of making traditional Hainanese rice dumplings! In this workshop, you and your child will work together to assemble a delicious Hainanese rice dumpling filled with savoury meat, mushrooms, and other flavourful ingredients. May Lin from Bak Chang Queen will guide participants through each step of the process, providing helpful tips and insights on making rice dumplings. Participants will bring home the dumpling that they have assembled and a cooked dumpling to enjoy at home.

Free Activities

Public Talk - Home Abroad: Shanghainese (Sanjiang) Community and Early Chinese Society in Singapore

Date: 17 June 2023
Time: 10am - 11.30am
Admission: Free; limited spaces available, on a first-come, first-served basis.

The talk is conducted in Mandarin.

Discover the origins of the "Sam Kiang" (Sanjiang) people. Uncover the stories behind why early migrants of this community were referred to as Shanghainese and explore the historical ties between Shanghai and Singapore over a hundred years ago. Gain insights into some of the early prominent figures from the Sam Kiang community and their pioneering works in different industries that contributed to Singapore’s society. You will hear from three esteemed members of the Sam Kiang Huay Kuan who will provide a comprehensive introduction of Sam Kiang Huay Kuan and the Sam Kiang community, from their past historical roles to their modern-day contributions in the society.

About the Speaker(s)

Dr. Lee Peng Shu
PhD in History from Xiamen University; President of Sam Kiang Huay Kuan; Honorary Member of Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Council Member of Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Association; Board Member of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

Mr Liew Nam Wong
Committee Member (Finance) of Sam Kiang Huay Kuan

Mr Li Yeming
Chief Editor of, Committee Member of Sam Kiang Huay Kwan, Vice-Chair of Editorial Board of Yuan Magazine; Committee Member of Singapore Writers Association; History, Literature and Philosophy Lecturer of Singapore Hainan Hwee Kuan

Public Talk - The Restoration and Conservation of the “Calm Seas in the Southern Seas” Imperial Silk Scroll

Date: 17 June 2023
Time: 1pm - 2.30pm
Admission: Free; pre-registration required. Please register via Peatix. Registration available from 26 May 2023, 10am onwards.  

The talk is conducted in Mandarin.

The imperial silk scroll "Calm Seas in the Southern Seas" was conserved and restored 23 years ago by master conservator Mr Zhang Xiao Zhai for the National Heritage Board. With six decades of dedication to his craft, Mr Zhang meticulously and skilfully restored the scroll to its full glory.

This public talk is divided into two parts. The first part by Mr Kua Bak Lim, a renowned historian is on “The Imperial Silk Scroll: A gift of “Calm Seas in the Southern Seas” by Emperor Guangxu”. Mr Kua will share the journey of how this treasure, which is part of Singapore’s National Collection, was discovered and its relationship with Thian Hock Keng Temple. In the second part of the public talk, Mr Zhang Xiao Zhai will share his journey of restoring the imperial silk scroll -  from the original condition of the scroll to how he carefully selected materials, tested them and repaired the scroll. The talk will also discuss object conservation in Singapore’s unique climate and environment. The talk is a rare chance to uncover the secrets of restoration.

About the Speaker

Mr Kua Bak Lim
Kua Bak Lim is a renowned historian in Singapore and overseas. He is a Council Member and Chairman of Research Committee, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA). He is also the author and editor of notable publications such as A General History of the Chinese in Singapore. In 2019, he was awarded the prestigious Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award.

Master Zhang Xiao Zhai
Zhang Xiao Zhai is a distinguished professor in China Academy of Art with over 60 years of experience in ancient calligraphy and painting restoration. His unwavering passion and dedication to the craft of restoration has allowed him to perfect the technique of "repairing old to its old state" in every piece of art that he has worked on.

Mr Zhang has restored countless works, including Huang Quan from the Five Dynasties period, excavated artefacts from the Song Dynasty, Zhao Mengfu from the Yuan Dynasty, Tang Bohu from the Ming Dynasty, Wang Shimin from the Qing Dynasty, and many other famous artworks drawn by Zhang Daqian, Xu Beihong, Wu Changshuo, Pan Tianshou, Liu Haisu, Qi Baishi etc. His clients include overseas and local private art collectors, art galleries, government and professional agencies, such as Sotheby's, National Heritage Board and National Gallery Singapore.

Photo caption: Chinese deck passengers on Norddeutscher Lloyd S.S. Taichon from Swatow to Singapore. c1910 (Collection of Wolfgang Wiggers, Creative Commons License)

Public Talk - Emigrant Ships, Barracoons, and Quarantine Stations: The Architecture of Chinese Immigration in 19th and 20th century Singapore and Hong Kong

Date: 18 June 2023
Time: 10am - 11.30am
Admission: Free; limited spaces available, on a first-come, first-served basis.

The talk is conducted in English.

The images that come to mind when one mentions the derogatory term for Chinese immigrant workers, zhūzǎi (猪仔), are often of grimy and malnourished men and women, sometimes young children, housed in cramped, deplorable conditions. The countries and environments portrayed in photographs mattered and differed little, as countless bodies were ferried across vast seas from China to United States, South America, and different parts of Southeast Asia. As thriving entrepôts in the 19th and 20th century, Singapore and Hong Kong became important gateways between the Chinese immigrants’ place of origin and new life in a foreign land. Although the sorrows and hardships our immigrant forefathers experienced had become the foundation of a shared cultural experience among overseas Chinese communities, not much has been told of their spatial experiences. This talk, derived from the speaker’s own PhD research on the architecture of immigration and his experience working on architectural research and conservation projects in Singapore and Hong Kong, offers an understanding of the arduous sea journeys Chinese immigrants took and the associated spaces they would have passed through. They include immigration centres, and quarantine stations, barracoons, steamship decks, and even coffin houses.

About the Speaker

Dr Ian Tan, PhD
Lecturer in Architectural Conservation, University of Hong Kong & Associate Director, One Bite Design Studio

Ian Tan is a lecturer in the History and Theory of Architectural Conservation. His research interests lie in colonial and vernacular architecture and focuses on the 19th and 20th century development of iron building types in Asian port cities. Ian’s research and teaching engage in the parallel development of architecture and conservation during the 19th and 20th century, and the intersection of related fields, such as craftmanship, archaeology, and museum management. He is also an Associate Director with One Bite Design Studio, an architecture-based design company that bridges the gap between place and people through placemaking, community engagement, and heritage conservation.

Storytelling Sessions: Tales of Dragon Boat Festival

(Supported by Speak Good English Movement and Speak Mandarin Campaign)
Date: 17 June 2023 (Mandarin), 18 June 2023 (English)
Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm, 2pm – 3pm
Admission: Free

Be swept away with enthralling tales in our popular storytelling sessions! Discover the legends and myths behind well-loved Chinese stories as local authors and veteran storytellers bring you on a literary adventure.

Drop-in Craft Station: Dragon Boat Festival Inspired Crafts

(Supported by River Valley High School)
Date: 17 & 18 June 2023
Time: 10.30am – 5.30pm
Admission: Free

Get crafty as you make Dragon Boat Festival inspired crafts such as a dragon boat puppet and dangling dumplings paper craft brought to you by students at River Valley High School.

Drop-in Craft Station: Chinese Calligraphy Try-Out

Date: 17 & 18 June 2023
Time: 10.30am – 5.30pm
Admission: Free

Experience the elegance of Chinese calligraphy at our drop-in craft station and learn to write festive greetings for the occasion.

Live on the Lawn: Dragon Boat Evening Fun!

Date: 17 & 18 June 2023
Time: 5pm – 6pm
Admission: Free

5pm – 5.30pm: Dragon Boat Festival Show

Grab a seat and join us on our lawn as we present to you some engaging and delightful acts this Wan Qing Dragon Boat Festival 2023!

5.30pm – 6pm: Mini Dragon Boat Racing

Recommended for children at least 100cm in height.

Get your little ones in on the action and join in the fun with our mini dragon boat racing event at the Wan Qing Dragon Boat Festival 2023! Join us to race across the Memorial Hall’s lawn on mini dragon boat toy rides and end the festival on a high note!

Children Activity Booklets Giveaway

Date: 17 & 18 June 2023
Time: 10am – 7pm

Kids! Come and pick up a free activity kit to discover more about Chinese arts, culture, and heritage!

Let’s Celebrate with Uncle Ting: Dragon Boat Festival
Join Uncle Ting to learn more about the legends and popular customs associated with Dragon Boat Festival through a series of fun activities such as origami rice dumpling folding! Activity kits are given out one per child on a first-come, first-served basis while stocks last.

Discover the Secret Letter
Xiao Qing found a letter left behind by her great grandfather. What is this letter about? Inspired by the Connections Across Oceans: Early Chinese Mutual Aid Organisations special exhibition, join Xiao Qing to find out the secrets behind the letter and explore the special exhibition! Children Activity Booklets are available for collection at the Memorial Hall’s Visitor Services counter.

Guided Tours and Trails

Balestier Heritage Healthcare Trail

Date: 17 & 18 June 2023
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm (English), 11am – 1pm (Mandarin)
Admission: $12 per pax; purchase tickets via Peatix. Tickets available from 26 May 2023, 10am onwards.  

Uncover the rich history and lesser-known stories of the Balestier precinct as the home to some of Singapore’s earliest healthcare institutions in this brand-new walking trail! From landmarks such as the former Tan Tock Seng pavilion wards and the former nurses’ quarters (now Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine), delve into the architectural developments of Balestier and its significance to Singapore’s healthcare history. Tours are brought to you by our Museum Volunteers.

Special Exhibition Guided Tour

Date: 17 June 2023
Time: 10.30am (Mandarin) and 1.30pm (English)
Admission: Free; limited spaces available

Hear from our docents and find out how the early Chinese mutual aid organisations played an important role to the early Chinese migrant community with the special exhibition guided tour of Connections Across Oceans: Early Chinese Mutual Aid Organisations. Tours are brought to you by our Museum Volunteers.

Permanent Galleries Guided Tour

Date: 17 & 18 June 2023
Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm (Mandarin), 3pm – 4pm (English)
Admission: Free; limited spaces available.

Join us for a guided tour of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and hear the stories behind this century-old villa that trace Dr Sun Yat Sen’s revolutionary activities in Southeast Asia. Gain valuable insights on the impact of the 1911 Revolution on Singapore, as well as Singapore’s contributions to the Revolution. Tours are brought to you by our Museum Volunteers.

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