Singapore, 18 February 2018 – Some 900 guests joined Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean this morning to usher in the Year of the Dog at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) at Spring Reception 2018 co-organised with the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA).
The annual event gathers the community to exchange good-wishes and aspirations in the New Year, while sharing Chinese values and encouraging cultural appreciation through performances by local institutions and arts groups.
In attendance were Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Josephine Teo, Senior Ministers of State Sim Ann and Koh Poh Koon, Minister of State Sam Tan, Senior Parliamentary Secretary Low Yen Ling, and Parliamentary Secretary Baey Yam Keng. They were also joined by members of parliament, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives from local Chinese arts and cultural groups, clan associations, leaders and prominent members of the Chinese community, representatives from other ethnic communities and student representatives from various tertiary educational institutions.
Besides enjoying performances by River Valley High Dance Society and Reverberance at the event, guests were also invited to dance and sing along to a medley of Chinese New Year songs. The performers’ spontaneity and enthusiasm injected a refreshing experience for this festive event.