Arts Support Framework - Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Arts Support Framework

The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) introduced the Arts Support Framework to support the local arts and cultural ecosystem. Comprising the Arts Housing Programme, Visual Arts Partnership and Artspace@SCCC, the Framework offers opportunities for arts and cultural groups to develop and present their works in SCCC.

ARTS HOUSING PROGRAMME

Administrative spaces are often a challenge for arts groups as rental can be costly. SCCC offers art spaces within our premises in the central business district for arts companies, associations and societies with an interest in Singapore Chinese culture to be used for administrative purposes. By coming together under one roof, these arts groups will find opportunities with SCCC and each other for the public to enjoy.

The current tenants are Drum Feng, Nam Hwa Opera and The TENG Company.

 

Drum Feng

DRUM FENG or Feng鼓, is a Singapore-based percussion ensemble group that specializes in traditional Chinese and Japanese “Taiko-inspired” ensemble pieces. The group comprises of young and passionate percussionists that uses a mix of traditional and modern percussion instruments to put on a visually-impactful and trademark performance that displays their spirit, musicality and technical ability.
Officially established as a non-profit organisation this year 2019 as one of only three arts tenants of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, DRUM FENG ORGANISATION LIMITED aims to raise awareness on drumming as both a performing and healthy art form for people of all ages.
Their mission is to build a community of passionate drummers and performers in Singapore and in the process, impart holistic drum education and disciplines to people of different race and language to promote both drumming and the rich Chinese culture which is their roots.

Notable achievements
In 2017, Drum Feng participated in their first-ever music competition at the Nanyang International Music Competition under the “Non-Professional Open Category” and won the Gold Award, finishing 3rd overall.
Prior to officially starting Drum Feng in May 2018, Drum Feng’s members have been performing together for many years since their tertiary school days and have also performed in a multitude of events belonging to both the government and private sectors.
In an effort to further raise awareness of Drum Feng amongst the general public, selected self-composed works were periodically shared on video-sharing platform, YouTube. Famed movie music producer Harry Gregson-Williams happened to chance upon one of these videos which quickly led to a collaboration with Warner Brothers Pictures and Harry Gregson-Williams himself to produce and record movie soundtracks for the Hollywood Blockbuster movie, “The Meg” in 2018.

 

Nam Hwa Opera

Founded in 1963 by avid fans of Teochew Opera, Nam Hwa Opera (NHO) has grown into one of Singapore’s most prominent and prolific Teochew Opera companies. NHO mission is to preserve, develop and promote traditional Teochew Opera as an important heritage of Singapore. NHO is also home to the Nam Hwa Teochew Music Ensemble. NHO celebrates its 56th anniversary in 2019.
A non-profit company since 2015 with charity and Institution of a Public Character (IPC) status, NHO is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2020.

Notable Achievements
Our mission is to preserve, promote and develop Teochew Opera and Teochew Music Ensemble as an important heritage in Singapore and abroad.
We have a strong capacity of reaching out to potential audience. To date, we have attracted 30,000 audience annually.

Public Performance:
– Prosecuting the Husband《告亲夫》and Lady Liu Ming Zhu《刘明珠》 (22 and 23 June 2018 at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Auditorium)
– An Evening of Teochew Music 《潮音潮曲:名曲名段专场晚会》(3 and 4 November 2018 at SCO Concert Hall)
– Nam Hwa Blazes《万紫千红》

Community Outreach:
– Community Centre (Teochew Opera Night at Bukit Panjang CC on 27 October 2018)
– Hospitals (Performance at KK Women & Children’s Hospital on 2 November 2017)
– Daycare Centre (Performance at St Luke’s Eldercare – Chong Pang Centre on 18 December 2018)
– Vulnerable Group (Performance at Life Recreation Centre on 3 October 2018)

Developing Teochew Opera with Singapore Story, Wushu Opera lead by Local Directors, Musicians, Performers and Crews.
– Voyage to Nanyang 漂洋过海到南洋之《五脚砌相亲》 (29 September 2018 at Golden Theatre)
– The Severing Sword 《情断昆吾剑》(15, 16 and 17 March 2019 at Victoria Theatre)

Attract and Nurture Local Performers and Musicians to ensure preservation and continuation of the traditional artform.
– Chinese Opera for Children
– Nam Hwa Teochew Music Ensemble

 

The TENG Company

The TENG Company is a Not-for-Profit arts company, charity and Institution of Public Character incorporated in Singapore. As a leading Singaporean music company, it aims to contribute to a Singaporean sound that is current, innovative, visionary, urban, and guided by Asian aesthetics.

Founded in 2004, the company comprises a collective of music educators, scholars and award-winning instrumentalists. While the company innovates primarily on Chinese classical instruments, TENG’s eclectic works draw inspiration from Singapore’s multi-cultural landscape and a desire to keep the past alive in the present. The company is currently divided into three core pillars: Performance, Academy and Research.

The TENG Ensemble’s performances have been a staple in Singapore’s arts scene for the past 10 years. They have performed extensively on television and radio as well as in major events such as the Shanghai World Expo, the Youth Olympic Games and the President’s Star Charity. The Ensemble’s music videos have garnered over 6 million collective views on social media and the ensemble has travelled extensively to perform at various music festivals. At the 2015 National Day Rally, The TENG Ensemble was described by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as ‘creating something uniquely Singapore’.

The Ensemble actively gives back to the community through Teng Gives Back, a landmark programme conducted in collaboration with music therapists through which TENG musicians perform for Singapore’s elderly and infirm in their care homes, dialysis centres, hospitals and hospices. In 2018, the Teng Gives Back series made its rounds at NKF Dialysis Centres, Dover Park Hospice, Renci Community Hospital, Assisi Hospice and Tan Tock Seng Hospital, reaching out to more than 900 chronically or terminally ill patients and their caregivers.

The company’s Academy Division nurtures musical interests through its Chinese instrumental grading programme and scholarships that mentor young musicians, while the company’s Research Division creates groundbreaking resources in English about Chinese instruments. In 2019, the Research Division will publish The TENG Guide to the Chinese Orchestra, a 600-page seminal work aimed at teaching composers around the world how to compose for Chinese instruments and how to innovate through instrumentation and orchestration.

The TENG Company is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021. It continues to forge new identities, push existing boundaries and bring Singapore’s sounds to the world.

 

Enquiries
For more information, please email: venue-management@singaporeccc.org.sg.

 

VISUAL ARTS PARTNERSHIP

The Visual Arts Partnership addresses the challenge faced by visual arts groups in finding suitable exhibition spaces. The initiative is open to local arts groups to present their major exhibitions at the centre on a regular basis.

We welcome proposals from artists or groups who wish to take part in this programme.
Please contact events@singaporeccc.org.sg for more details.

 

ARTSPACE@SCCC

Artspace@SCCC is an initiative by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) to provide spaces for local artists to showcase their artwork around its premises, for the public to enjoy.

These spaces are located at key areas within SCCC, such as foyers outside the Auditorium and Multi-Purpose Hall which are able to accommodate up to 500 pax each. It is a channel to help increase the exposure of the works by our talented local artists to visitors to SCCC.

We welcome exhibition proposals from artists or groups who wish to take part in this programme.
Please contact events@singaporeccc.org.sg for more details.

Auditorium Foyer

                     

Multi-Purpose Hall Foyer 

                    

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