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Armenian Street Party 2017 by Peranakan Museum

A short stretch of the road and space in front of the Peranakan Museum closed to the traffic for two nights, transforming into a fun party venue for visitors to bring their family, children and friends down, visit the museums and soak in the party atmosphere. This was the Armenian Street Party 2017 organised by Peranakan Museum that took place on 10th and 11th March. The Armenian Street Party made her maiden debut in 2016, I was there too at the first Armenian Street Party!

For this year 2017 Armenian Street Party, I dropped by on Friday evening and managed to catch some of the performances at the street party. The theme for Armenian Street Party 2017 was back to school, going back to the good old school nostalgia days (when we were young), some of you might remember going to detention class, disliking certain subjects such as literature, tuckshop food during recess time, English and grammar class, PE class, music class etc etc.

The Armenian Street Party was also a perfect time to visit the Peranakan Museum and Singapore Philatelic Museum with their family, children and friends. This street party is perfect for the two museums to have more publicity and awareness from the public, they are two great museums with really great and wonderful artworks, contents and exhibitions, that the public may not know as much, compared to her bigger fellow sister museums such as the National Museum of Singapore.

At the Armenian Street Party 2017, on the Friday that I visited, I saw the mass P.E. class by Upside Motion, it’s not a bad idea to conduct P.E. class on the road without the vehicles! The iconic Peranakan Museum favourite band of singers, the Peranakan Sayang, were in action on Friday, with the theme “Balek Sekolah!”, translated to “Back to school!”. This group of singers are really good and they never fail to light up the crowds!

The Armenian Street Party is not just about the two museums, Peranakan Museum and Singapore Philatelic Museum, it’s a community event, the kampung spirit, with fellow neighbours along Armenian Street coming in, participating and be a part of this festive party. Timbre Group, Substation, Upside Motion, True Blue Cuisine and SMU were neighbours, part of the Armenian Street kampung. They all played a part in this year’s street party.

There were also delicious food by True Blue Cuisine, selling all time favourite tuckshop treats, I didn’t manage to go down and eat all the food on Friday. I only manage to eat the laksa during the media preview (I was rushing for time on that day) prior to the street party weekend.

I took the opportunity to visit Singapore Philatelic Museum, a very short walk down the road from Peranakan Museum. I forgot when was the last time I visited this museum, they looked small in physical size yet they packed some pretty wonderful collections inside there. Touring the Singapore Philatelic Museum brought me back many memories, I used to collect stamps when I was a young kid in school and I am beginning to wonder where have I kept my stamps? Probably somewhere in my home!

After touring the Singapore Philatelic Museum, I stayed on and watched two performances –

Literature Class: Music & Prose of the Past

By Cappella Martialis

Literature Class: Will The Night Away!

By Centre Stage.

Two great performances held inside this small and cosy Singapore Philatelic Museum.

The performance “Will The Night Away!” was about a Shakespeare classic “Romeo and Juliet”, that most students would probably have studied if they took Literature during their secondary school days (I didn’t take Literature in my upper secondary school). This is Singapore style, a Singapore spin “Romeo and Ah Lian”. Their play was hilarious, interactive and engaging, with the Shakespeare exhibition theme behind them, this was a perfect setting for Romeo and Ah Lian!

Since I was only there on Friday, I couldn’t catch the rest of the performances and activities that were held during the Armenian Street Party 2017, although I did manage to catch a glimpse of some of them during the media preview.

Personally, I feel that the Armenian Street Party is a great community event that doesn’t need to go massively big, it may not (and need not) be the biggest street party event or museums event, they just leverage and combine together as the Armenian Street “kampung”, the Peranakan Museum and Singapore Philatelic Museum, along with their neighbours along Armenian Street.

Looking forward to the next edition of the Armenian Street Party!


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Singapore Night Festival 2016 is back!

The iconic local (that is now internationally known) night festival that has transformed and grown exponentially over the past 8 years, now in its 9th edition, the Singapore Night Festival is back again, taking place this coming weekend Friday 19th and Saturday 20th August 2016 and the following weekend Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August 2016 at the Bras Basah Bugis Precinct from 730pm to 2am. The theme for Singapore Night Festival 2016 is Inventions and Innovation, transforming Bras Basah Bugis Precinct, Singapore’s arts and heritage district using science fiction and fantasy, coming together to give visitors unforgettable experiences, performances and lighting artworks!

I have personally seen how much it has transformed over the past 8 editions of the Singapore Night Festival since her maiden debut in 2008, attending, watching, photographing and documenting them down here inside my Flickr photography collection. Year 2016 is the 9th edition and in year 2017, it will be the 10th edition! Keep a lookout for my updates on Twitter, Instagram and FB Page, along with the photographs that I would take and upload them into my Singapore Night Festival Flickr collection!

During the Singapore Night Festival 2016, I would be going around, watching, enjoying and taking photographs of this iconic night festival. I would try to cover and share as much as possible, it would be a challenge given the wide and diverse festival activities, artworks, performances taking place over 5 zones!

There are many many things to do, watch and enjoy at Singapore Night Festival 2016. Let me give you some sneak peaks and key information of Singapore Night Festival 2016 from my attendance at their media preview!

First and foremost, remember to grab the Singapore Night Festival 2016 brochure with the map inside or check out Singapore Night Festival website! There are 5 zones that you need to take note of –

Zone 1 – National Museum of Singapore

Zone 2 – Armenian Street

Zone 3 – Cathay Green, School of the Arts (SOTA) and Prinsep Street

Zone 4 – Singapore Management University (SMU)

Zone 5 – Singapore Art Museum, Queen Street, Waterloo Street and National Design Centre

Each zone has many different events, activities, performances and artworks, the timings, performances and shows schedule can be found on the festival brochure! Don’t rush, plan out the shows and performances that you wish to watch, make plans to walk there earlier to get a good spot!

Here are some artworks/shows/performances that you can see at Singapore Night Festival 2016

Zone 1 – National Museum of Singapore

KEYFRAMES – Groupe LAPS (France)

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The Wheel House – Acrojou (United Kingdom)

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Shifting Interactions – LASALLE College of the Arts

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Zone 2 – Armenian Street

:Samara – Max Pagel & Jonathan Hwang B47X2752

Zone 3 – Cathay Green, School of the Arts (SOTA) and Prinsep Street

HOUSE OF CURIOSITIES – Sweet Tooth by CAKE (Singapore)

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Zone 5 – Singapore Art Museum, Queen Street, Waterloo Street and National Design Centre

JOURNEY feat soundtrack by Ed Carter – NOVAK (United Kingdom)
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Light Force, Night Falls – GSM Project (Singapore) B47X2776

#showerthoughts – LiveWerkz (Singapore)

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Komorebi 2 – Lighting Planners Associates, in collaborations with the NUS Design Incubation Cetnre (Singapore)

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There are many many more shows, performances, artworks and a food festival village too! There is something for everybody to participate and enjoy, come on down to Singapore Night Festival 2016 this coming weekend!

Here are the website / social media URL links for you to stay connected and updated with Singapore Night Festival

Website – Singapore Night Festival

Facebook – brasbasahbugis

Twitter – brasbasahbugis

Instagram – brasbasahbugis

Pinterest – sgnightfest

Last but not least, spread the word about Singapore Night Festival 2016 with your family and friends! Enjoy yourself, immerse and soak in the local festive Singapore Night Festival 2016! Remember to have lots of fun, take lots of photos and share!

Thank you National Heritage Board and National Museum of Singapore for the invitation to the media preview of Singapore Night Festival 2016!

Canon EOS M10 with EF-M 15-45mm & EF-M 55-200mm Review

The Canon EOS M10 is the most recent addition to the Canon EOS M family of the mirrorless camera bodies and lenses. The Canon EOS M10 was launched in October 2015, with their news release shared in an earlier article that I wrote and shared here. The review unit package that I received for this particular review was the Rilakkuma Special Edition x EOS M10 Kit III (EF-M 15-45mm & EF-M 55-200mm).

I brought the Canon EOS M10 out for events, photo walks and as my daily compact camera in my bag. Some of the events that I attended with the Canon EOS M10 kit III set were LG IT Media launch, Marine Cove McDonald’s re-opening, Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 and a heritage visit to Peranakan Museum for their special exhibition, Nonya Needlework – Embroidery and beadwork in the Peranakan World. I also brought the Canon EOS M10 with the EF-M 55-200mm lens for some outdoors photo walk near my neighourhood, testing it with some bird photography shoot.

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During the two weeks review period, I also had the cute and adorable EOS M Rilakkuma Bear with me, joining me for my photo walks and I had a few interesting Toy Travel adventures into the Singapore heartlands, events and heritage exploration! I had some nice memories of them that I shared on my Instagram! This famous iconic cute bear with the Canon EOS M collaboration, gave me a number of photography opportunities to compose and photograph different perspectives with the Rilakkuma Bear inside the frame, sharing it on social media, with my own style of creative writing.

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First, let me bring you back and refresh your memories, here are some key information and details about the Canon EOS M10 –

Technical Specifications

  • Image sensor: 18.0 mega-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Imaging processor: DIGIC 6
  • ISO speed: 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600)
  • Continuous shooting speed: 4.6 fps
  • Maximum video quality: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
  • AF: Hybrid CMOS AF II
  • LCD: 180 / 45 degrees tilt type touch screen, approx. 1.04 million dots
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC-enabled
  • Dimensions: 108 mm in length, 66.6 mm in breadth and 35.0 mm in depth
  • Weight: Approx. 301 g (CIPA standard)

What were my experiences, thoughts and views on the Canon EOS M10 during my two weeks review period? Let me share with you ~

Pros

  • Lightweight and compact
  • Easy to use
  • Intitutive, interactive and informative screen, similar to the new Canon DSLR models
  • Touch screen allows the photographer to change the settings easily
  • Colours – rich and accurate, quality is close to Canon DSLR standards
  • Easy access button on the right side of the camera body to activate wi-fi and connect with smartphone/tablet
  • Improved Auto-Focus (AF) speed and number of AF points from earlier Canon EOS M models
  • A range of stylish face jackets from a range of colours are available to accessorise the Canon EOS M10, making it fun, colourful, lively and fashionable.

Cons

  • No side grip on the camera body, making it uncomfortable to hold
  • There is no hot-shoe mount therefore the Canon EVF accessory could not be used with the EOS-M10
  • The On/Off button is too small, difficult to press and it is placed together with the switch for video/photography/auto mode selection
  • The noise level at ISO 12,800 is grainy and I don’t recommend to shoot at that ISO level

The Canon EF-M lenses, EF-M 15-45mm and EF-M 55-200mm, are designed and built for the E0S M series camera bodies. These new lenses showed Canon’s commitment towards the Canon EOS M mirrorless series and I would be expecting more EF-M lenses choices to be available in the future.

Let me share with you more about my experiences with the two EF-M lenses below ~

EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Review

This lens is small, compact and lightweight. It would be suitable for a general walkabout/daily /travel lens that do not require telephoto focal range. The built and feel of this lens is not too bad, it doesn’t feel flimsy at all. For this small lens package, it has produced some pretty good photo quality shots that may be comparable with DSLR quality (also thanks to the APS-C CMOS sensor with Digic 6 processor) from my experiences during the review period.

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There is something that photographers need to take note, there is a mechanical lever that locks the lens in place, making it collapsible and compact when not in use. It takes a while to get used to this function, some might find it a bit troublesome, some might find it useful that the lens can be collapsible and very compact.

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Once it is unlocked, the front of the EF-M 15-45mm lens protrude out when it is used between the focal range. While it may not be the best in aesthetics, this small and compact lens sure pack some pretty good quality photography output for its specifications.

EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Review 

This is a small, compact and lightweight telephoto zoom lens, it is easy to bring out for your photo shoot or your overseas holiday trip if you decide to bring along a telephoto zoom lens. For this focal length range, it’s mid to tele focal length, at 200mm focal length, this can be very useful and helpful to capture photographs at a distance away.

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For a telephoto zoom lens, I would usually test the quality of the bokeh at their maximum focal length @ 200mm. The bokeh is pretty good for this lens specifications, quite smooth bokeh. As for the speed of this lens, it is not fast and the photographer might find it difficult to get the object zoomed in and lock focus. In this aspect, wildlife and fast action photography with this lens might prove a bit more challenging than usual. Nevertheless, with patience, positioning and waiting for the right moment, you can capture some wildlife shots too.

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Video recording

The Canon EOS M10 is able to record Full HD videos at 1920 x 1080 (30p/25p/24p). This function is very useful for recording videos and memories of your holiday trips or events, not too difficult to use.

During Emirates Singapore Derby 2016, at the Marquee, watching the horses racing past us towards the finishing line, I used the EOS M10 video recording function and recorded a short video clip of the horse racing action. I also did a short video clip of my very friendly and cute neighbourhood cat playing with my Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag! Check out the videos shot with the Canon EOS M10 on my YouTube!

 

In the modern social media era, there are great awareness, accessibility and usage of videos in our daily leisure life, professional/commercial aspects of it. Having a camera with good and easy to use video recording capabilities is now pretty much an integral part of our life, whether leisure or professional. Videos are great for personal usage, sharing with family, friends and followers on social media.

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The Rilakkuma Special Edition x Canon EOS M10 kit III set, consisting of EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM, is a good combination for a first time photographer (e.g. photographers moving up from digital compact cameras or current entry level DSLR users) that would like/prefer to own a mirrorless camera system. It is easy to use and the two different focal lengths of the EF-M lenses cover from wide angle zoom to telephoto zoom. The whole Canon EOS M10 setup is lightweight and compact, ideal for your daily bring out usage, attending events, parties, gatherings, and even bringing it overseas for your holiday travels. For the more experienced photographers that already have a DSLR camera system setup and looking for a mirrorless setup, they might prefer the Canon EOS M3 instead.

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The mirrorless camera eco-system has improved over the years, it can be a photographer’s main or secondary setup depending on their photography focus and needs. They can be great for travel, street, food or daily camera usage photography. However, in my personal humble opinion, the mirrorless camera system is still not ready to take over sports, wildlife and fast action photography.

Looking back at Canon’s mirrorless EOS M family of cameras and EF-M lenses since their maiden debut with the Canon EOS M1, they have changed, improvised and expanded their mirrorless family of camera bodies, lenses and accessories over the years. From my personal experiences using Canon’s photography products and accessories over the past 12 years (and still counting), along with my recent trip to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, listening to the keynote speeches, media interactions with Canon’s key senior executives and observing recent launches, my personal view is that Canon is committed to their mirrorless EOS M and I am looking forward to more Canon mirrorless products (EOS M bodies and more EF-M lenses) in the near future.

If you are interested, do drop by and read an article that I wrote earlier, “The Next Wave and Trends (From Canon EXPO Shanghai 2016)”, where I based my observations and views from when I was summarising on the Canon EOS M10 review and Canon EOS M mirrorless system family.

If you are looking for a fun, simple and easy to use mirrorless camera with interchangable lenses capability, do check out the Canon EOS M10, have a feel and see how it goes for you!

* I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the Canon EOS M10 kit III set with the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses *


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Nonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World Exhibition

Peranakan, Nonya or Baba, these are the words that most people here affectionately describe and relate to the Peranakan community in Singapore (and probably in other parts of the world too), I remember my army days when we would affectionately called our fellow camp mate “Baba Koh”. Oh yes, Peranakan food is really delicious and unique, if I have the opportunity, I would introduce and share on Peranakan cuisine in my future articles.

The Peranakan community played some important and key roles in the early days of Singapore, some of them were business owners and philanthropists that shaped Singapore’s early days through hospitals and schools. Most of us here would most likely be able to relate their philanthropy works, businesses and causes.

I attended a school that was founded by a Peranakan Hokkien Chinese businessman and philanthropist, it’s one of the oldest schools in Singapore. Would you be able to guess the name of the school?

Here’s a clue, a line from my school song

“… He started a free school for boys who were poor, to give them the chance to do something more …”

Studying in a school with such a long rich history and heritage, is probably one of the factors that drives me to write, cover and document history, heritage, conservation, preservation matters/subjects in Singapore.

We have seen great works, efforts and legacies built by the Peranakan community. Do you know that they have other skills and talents that probably not many of us would know? The Peranakan community are very skilful and talented in needlework, embroidery and beadwork.

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I will be the first to raise my hand and tell everybody here that I don’t (never) really know how talented and skilful the Peranakan community were in this field until I visited this very special exhibition, Nonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World exhibition at the Peranakan Museum. I can relate to the Peranakan community through famous businessmen, philanthropists, schools, hospitals, leaders of modern Singapore and my fellow Baba friends. Oh yes, of course, Peranakan food too!

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When you visit the Nonya Needlework exhibition at Peranakan Museum, do not rush, take your time, there are close to 200 amazing, gorgeous artworks, embroideries, needlework, beadworks, intricately crafted objects on display there. Each and every artwork is a history and legacy of the Peranakan community. This special exhibition displays the traditional Peranakan art of embroidery and beadwork, many of them are seldom seen in the museums and they are from the Singapore’s National Collection, collected over 30 years of dedicated collecting by Singapore’s museums.

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Besides Singapore’s very own collection over the years, the special exhibition also has Nonya artworks from museum partners and private collectors that are being showcased together in this special exhibition too. The special exhibition is divided into five sections, auspicious emblems and symbols, creative hands: makers and methods, and materials, to the diverse styles of Indonesia, Malacca, Singapore, and Penang.

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Some of the Nonya artworks were very bright and colourful, along with their intricate, delicate and precise skills, those artworks are a real eye opener to a community that has contributed quite a lot to the society of Singapore and how rich their Peranakan heritage and culture possess.

I made two trips to this exhibition, the first was the official opening of this exhibition and the second trip was joining the curator tour. There were big crowds on both days that I was there, showing great support for this exhibition. During the official opening ceremony, I also saw many pretty Peranakan ladies dressed up in their pretty and colourful kebaya, a perfect fit for the occasion and exhibition, for the bright and colourful Nonya works on display.

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Inside this exhibtion, there are close to 200 Nonya artworks on display, each of them very special, unique, precious, priceless and of utmost significance. Writing this statement doesn’t do any justice to the excellent curation, collection and displays inside this special exhibition. I strongly encourage you to visit this exhibition at the Peranakan Museum! You need to be up close and personal with the Nonya artworks and you can start to appreciate them even better!

“Nyonya Needlework showcases the pathways of creativity in this Peranakan art form. Although needlework was very much rooted in a traditional context, embroiderers often borrowed and “translated” techniques and designs from other cultures and other media (including batiks, ceramics, and metalwork), introducing novelty and dynamism into the art. The overlaps in regional styles of beadwork and embroidery convey a shared sense of identity; at the same time, their diversity expresses their local connections. We hope visitors will enjoy the refinement and detail in these works, and discover the innovative spirit and craftsmanship, as well as the stories of the Peranakan Chinese embedded in this cross-cultural art form, and be inspired to create their own”, said Dr Cheah Hwei-Fen, lead curator of the exhibition.

Source: Peranakan Museum press release

There are a number of Nonya artworks that I really like, here are some of them

Table Cover

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Penang, early 20th century

Silk damask embroidered with silk floss (knot stitch) and metal thread, silk knot work fringe and tassels, diameter 120 cm

Ceremonial handkerchief

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Malacca, late 19th century

Silk, metal beads, glass beads, cordonnet, 34.2 x 20 cm

Valance for a wedding bed

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Indonesia, mid-19th century

Cotton, glass beads, paper, metal thread

National Museum of World Cultures, Netherlands

* Description provided by Peranakan Museum press release highlights *

As I mentioned earlier in my article, there are close to 200 artworks on display, I have uploaded selected photographs into my Flickr collection and you can view them!

Here are the key information and details of this special exhibition at the Peranakan Museum

Nyonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World

娘惹巧手:土生华人世界的刺绣与珠绣工艺

Dates: 24th June 2016 to 26th March 2017

Venue: Peranakan Museum

            39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941

Website: www.peranakanmuseum.sg

Enquiries: 6332 7591 / nhb_pm_vs@nhb.gov.sg

Admission charges: Individual $10

                                    Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents $4

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10am – 7pm (to 9pm on Friday)

Getting There:

By MRT – A 10-minute walk from City Hall or Bras Basah MRT stations

By Car – Paid parking is available next to the Peranakan Museum

By Bus – 7, 14, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 131, 147, 162,162M, 166, 167, 171, 174, 175, 190, 700, 700A and 857

There are also some upcoming programmes at the Peranakan Museum, in conjunction with the Nonya Needlework special exhibition. Do keep a lookout on their website for more details and updates of upcoming programmes and events!

Straits Family Sunday: All Sewed Up

14 August 2016, Sunday 1pm – 5pm

Free admission

Metallic threads, glass beads, and nimble fingers. Discover colourful Peranakan creations on display in the Nyonya Needlework special exhibition. Get inspired and create your own fashion statement accessory or go on an exploring tour with the whole family.

Peranakan beadwork with Raymond Wong

3, 10, 17, 24 September 2016, Saturdays

2pm – 5pm

Admission charge: $50 per session

Spend your Saturday afternoons at the Peranakan Museum! Create magical beaded accessories under the direction of Rumah Kim Choo’s Raymond Wong, inspired by our special exhibition, Nyonya Needlework: Beadwork and Embroidery in the Peranakan World.

  • Source: Peranakan Museum press release *

When you visit the Nonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World Special Exhibition at the Peranakan Museum, do also visit the other sections of the museum too, explore and learn more about the Peranakan community in Singapore!

* I would like to thank Peranakan Museum for the invitation to the official opening of the Nonya Needlework Special Exhibition and the curator tour *


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First Armenian Street Party

On 11th and 12th March 2016, Armenian Street, for the first time, was closed up and transformed into a vibrant, colourful, buzzing with heritage and nightlife activities and performances. The Armenian Street Party is a ground-up initiative anchored by Peranakan Museum and Singapore Management University, with stake holders on Armenian Street playing a part in the first Armenian Street Party too.

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It was nice to see different smaller arts hubs organising their own street party, welcoming and celebrating their respective museum/arts heritage along with their partners/neighbours in the district. In my personal humble opinion, it’s a good initiative and idea for a street party and I hope that this idea/initiative can be applied by other museums in their own respective hub/district too! Each smaller museum/arts hub can have their own street party, celebrating various different heritage events along with their partners/neighbours.

The first Armenian Street Party showcased and celebrated Peranakan Culture, contemporary music, poetry reading and other lifestyle activities. I went down on Friday, 11th March and enjoyed my first Armenian Street Party.

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First up, it was “Xtend the Night”, I witnessed an outdoor yoga/Pilates/ballet class by Upside Motion, the workout known as Xtend Barre, it’s a combination of ballet and Pilates-based workout to sculpt the body. Xtend Barre took place on Armenian Street in the early evening when it was closed to traffic and cars. You probably see more of the outdoor Pilates/ballet classes on grass instead of on the road! It’s kind of unique and refreshing, not a bad idea to organise such outdoor exercise classes on the road!

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Although I wasn’t able to watch all the performances on the programme schedule, I managed to catch The Main Wayang Company in action, they were a great band of singers, mesmerising the audience with their passion and singing, getting the crowds to dance and clap along with their singing and rhythm.

At a street party, how can you not have food and drinks? Food trucks can be spotted at Armenian Street, providing food and drinks options to the Armenian Street party goers.

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This is the first time that the Armenian Street Party is being organised, it wasn’t too bad for their maiden debut! I reckon it would get bigger and better over in the next year and I look forward to the next few editions of the Armenian Street Party!


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Armenian Street Party – A Sneak Preview

A maiden debut for Armenian Street, part of the bigger Bras Basah-Bugis precint, will be closed on the 11th and 12th of March 2016, for her First Armenian Street Party. It is great to see the Armenian Street hub to close the road and transform into a street party for everybody to come down, enjoy the festivities and fun. Armenian Street is going to transform into a buzzling colourful hub consisting of heritage and nightlife, coming to life with a spectacular line-up of fun, acts, performances.

The Armenian Street Party, is a ground-up initiative is anchored by Peranakan Museum and Singapore Museum University, the street party features performances showcasing Peranakan culture, contemporary music, poetry reading and other fun activities taking place at Armenian Street. It is great to see Peranakan Museum along with her neighbours, the stake holders along Aremenian Street, to produce a festival and carnival for the public to come down and enjoy together. The inaugural Armenian Street Party would allow them to grow the Armenian Street district, a rich historical and cultural hub.

Personally, I feel that Armenian Street has a great potential to grow her own festivities and hub with the Peranakan Museum taking the lead, as the anchor festival lead, along with the stakeholders around Armenian Street area. Let me share with you some of the key highlights of the Armenian Street Party happening on Friday 11th March 2016 and Saturday 12th March 2016 –

  • The Urban Garden – This alley between Substation and the Peranakan Museum will be transformed into a garden, with beautiful festoon lighting, swings and park benches. This small alley had played a lot of roles in various arts and museum events over the years and the transformation into an urban garden is definitely appropriate, giving visitors to the Armenian Street Party a place to relax, sit down and chat.

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  • Motif Traces – Keep a lookout for this contemporary dance performances, inspired by Peranakan motifs from the Dance Ensemble Singapore Arts Company (DES Arts)

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  • Si Wanggeh (A Spiritual Entity) – This is a Peranakan Wayang production by Peranakan Siblings.
  • Emily, The Musical – A special musical production by Musical Theatre Ltd, keep a lookout for this special musical performance where nonyas and babas of the 1930s come to life through their songs, revealing the colourful Peranakan love of life, their pains and their passion.

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  • The Main Wayang Company – I saw them perform at Armenian Street during Singapore Night Festival 2015! They were awesome and lively band of singers! The title of their performance is “Peranakan Song Dance – Spirit of our Fathers”. Join them, dance and sing along with the great singers in a tribute to Peranakan pioneers to classic baba-nonya tunes.

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  • Live performances by Singapore Management University (SMU) – Our younger Singapore generation, students from SMU will be there too, singing and entertaining the crowds at the Armenian Street Party.

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For more information on Armenian Street Party, check out their website for more details, performances and programme schedule. The Armenian Street Party is making her maiden debut, let’s all give her our full support, come on down on Friday 11th March 2016 and Saturday 12th March 2016, soak in the fun and festive atmosphere of Armenian Street.

Armenian Street – The Street is Our Stage, let it transform into a mini festival hub of both traditional and contemporary performances coming together, for everybody, young and old, locals and visitors to soak in the fun and enjoy themselves!

Key information

Event: Armenian Street Party

Location: Armenian Street

Days: 11th and 12th March 2016

Time: 7pm to 11pm

Admission Free

I would like to thank Peranakan Museum for the invitation to the sneak preview of the Armenian Street Party.