Milestones of SCCC


  • 25 January 2012
    • The idea of setting up the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre was proposed by Mr Chua Thian Poh, then-Chairman of the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Association (SFCCA), and supported by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Spring Reception 2012

The Centre is intended to:

  • Promote Chinese culture and the arts.
  • Support the local community to celebrate our shared culture, strengthen the bond between all groups and forge a strong national identity.
  • Hub for high quality performances, exhibitions and cultural activities.
  • Inclusive platform that welcomes all Singaporeans.
  • March 2012
    • A task force, chaired by Professor Eddie Kuo and deputised by Mr Choo Thiam Siew, was set up to propose the future direction and functions of the Centre.
    • A separate committee led by Mr Seow Choke Meng was set up to oversee the construction of the Centre.
  • 24 June 2012
    • A retreat was held with over 40 representatives from various social organisations and arts and cultural groups to discuss the Centre’s strategy, positioning and programming. The name “Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre” was decided then.


  • 1 October 2013
    • Mr Chua Thian Poh was appointed the Chairman of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.


  • 1 April 2014
    • Mr Choo Thiam Siew, President of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), was appointed as the Centre’s Chief Executive Officer. The Centre’s temporary office was located at SFCCA’s headquarters in Toa Payoh.


  • 29 September 2014
    • A ground-breaking ceremony, officiated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, was held to commence construction work. DP Architects was appointed to design the building. 

Ground-breaking Ceremony 2014


  • 17 January 2016
    • A topping-out ceremony, officiated by Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, was held to celebrate the completion of the main structure.

Topping-out Ceremony 2016

  • 10-31 January 2016
    • The Centre presented its inaugural cultural exhibition, Blooms of Vitality, Colours of Life, which showcased various elements of local Chinese culture across literature, arts, culture, festivals, food, home furnishing, and medicine.

Blooms of Vitality, Colours of Life Exhibition 2016


  • 19 May 2017
    • The opening of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre was officiated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Opening Ceremony 2017

  • 20 May 2017
    • The Centre launched Cultural Extravaganza with Voyage, a specially commissioned multimedia musical by Royston Tan. As part of the Festival, it also worked with local filmmakers to produce 667, an omnibus of five dialect short films, with one of the short films, Ke, winning the Best Asian Short at the 13th Sapporo Short Film Festival.
    • The Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award was launched to give recognition to individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to Chinese Singaporean culture.

Cultural Extravaganza 2017

Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award Ceremony 2017, featuring inaugural recipients Mr Han Lao Da (Individual category) and Siong Leng Musical Association (Organisation category)

  • 27 May 2017
    • The inaugural Sing•Lang concert boasted a line-up of Singaporean artistes, including Xinyao icons and next generation of rising stars.

Sing•Lang Concert 2017


  • January 2018
    • TGIF Music Station, a series of music performances featuring Singapore’s favourite performing artistes and rising stars every fortnight.
  • April 2018
    • Mr Low Sze Wee, Director (Curatorial, Collections and Education) of the National Gallery Singapore was appointed as the Centre’s second Chief Executive Officer.

Lunar New Year 2018

Mid-Autumn Celebration 2018

  • May 2018
    • The Centre commissioned the Masters of Comedy theatre production to pay tribute to iconic comedians in Singapore.

Masters of Comedy 2018

  • March to June 2018
    • The Centre held a three-month-long Tian Tian @ SCCC exhibition which was co-presented with Zuni lcasahedron. It had over 120 figurines showcasing the artistic inspirations of many in the arts and culture scene.

Tian Tian Xiang Shang Exhibition Official Opening 2018


  • February 2019
    • The Centre commissioned the first Singing Red Packet with an original artwork by local illustrator Ah Guo and a song composed by local composer-pianist Peng Chi Sheng. The Centre was invited to a New Year event in Shanghai Crystal Galleria to introduce Singapore’s lohei culture with the Singing Red Packet.

Lohei at Shanghai Crystal Galleria Mall in February 2019

Lim Tay Peng’s performance of the Centre’s commissioned “The Lohei Song” at Shanghai Crystal Galleria Mall in February 2019

Spring Reception 2019

Touring the “New World, New Life” Exhibition during Spring Reception 2019

  • 25 March 2019
    • The Arts Support Framework was launched to support the local arts and cultural sector with the Arts Housing Programme, Visual Arts Partnership, and [email protected] 
    • The first three arts tenants in the Centre are Drum Feng, Nam Hwa Opera and TENG Ensemble.

Arts Support Framework 2019

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre © 2019

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