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CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

Brief Introduction to the various Interest Groups under the Cultural Committee

Since year 2000, the SCCCI Cultural Committee has been introducing Interest Groups of various natures, with the primary aim of instilling the interests of SCCCI members and public in these cultural activities as well as elevating their awareness and appreciation of arts. On the other hand, it also hopes to provide a networking platform for interaction between members to members and with the Chamber. These Interest Groups are:

Other Cultural Activities Supported by SCCCI


Mandarin Singing Classes
The SCCCI Mandarin Singing Classes have always been receiving overwhelming response from the SCCCI members since its introduction in year 2000.  After running for 4 years, it has successfully developed a pool of die-hard participants who are still very keen in learning to sing.

Other than proving the opportunity and environment for the participants to cultivate their interest and their skills in singing, the activity also aims to provide members with a platform to make friends and for them to network.  Song selections are mainly Chinese Folk Songs, Golden Oldies and Classical Ballad. A professional vocalist Mdm Liu Xiao Hong from China Beijing coaches members on essential singing techniques.

The schedules of the Singing Classes are every Tuesday and Saturday 6.30 pm – 10 pm, focusing on the oldies and Chinese folk hits respectively.

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Chinese Calligraphy Appreciation Course
The SCCCI Chinese Calligraphy Class was formed with the hope to instill interest and appreciation of this profound Chinese art.  On the other hand, it hopes to provide an excellent form of recreation and relaxation for the busy entrepreneurs and professionals.

The Class is conducted by the renowned Calligrapher Mr Khoo Seow Hwa on every Monday 7.30 pm to 10 pm.

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SCCCI Photography Club
The SCCCI Photography Club was officially launched in September with the aim to provide a platform for all photography enthusiasts among the SCCCI members to meet and share their photographic skills and experiences with one another.

Activities will be organized in accordance to the demand and interest of the club members, for e.g.:

· Experience and expertise sharing session
· Outdoor/indoor shooting session
· Photographic arts-work appreciation session
· Photographic Exhibition
· Class/workshop on photography
· Other suitable members' networking activities

There is no fixed schedule for the club's activities.  But the next activity can be expected to be on late November.  Stay tuned for all photo enthusiasts.

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Inter-School Group Story-Telling Competition
In line with the Speak Mandarin Campaign, the SCCCI, the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, the Singapore Press Holdings and the Hwa Chong Institution jointly organise the "Inter-School Group Story-Telling Competition" for both primary and secondary school students in September every year. The competition seeks to encourage students to speak Mandarin and demonstrate their creativity in story-telling skills, with the ultimate objective of raising the standard of the language.

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Singapore Dragon Boat Festival
The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the most spectacular traditions celebrated by the Chinese in Singapore. This festivity, which lasts for two weeks, is a commemoration of Qu Yuan, an ancient Chinese poet and statesman who protested against corruption and injustice by drowning himself. During this period, an amazing variety of dumplings and glutinous rice can be sampled. The highlight of this festival is the Singapore Dragon Boat Races where dragon boat teams from different countries, corporations and schools come together to engage in a fierce competition for the titles.

For more information, please visit the Singapore Dragon Boat Association website at http://www.sdba.org.sg.

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Chinese Cultural Festival
The Chinese Cultural Festival was officially opened by Mr Lim Boon Heng, Minister without Portfolio, on February 14 1998, at Suntec City with the aim to promote and enhance the rich culture heritage among the Chinese Community. During this festivity, renowned artists and performing troupes were invited from overseas to present their spectacular showpieces. The Chinese Cultural Festival 2002 will commence on 1 March. For more information, please contact Singapore Press Holdings at 6319 6000.

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Speak Mandarin Campaign
The Speak Mandarin Campaign (SMC) was launched by then Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew in 1979. The task was to transform a deeply entrenched social-linguistic habit of Chinese Singaporeans who were long used to the speaking of dialects. Since then, the Campaign has been held yearly in the month of September. Series of activities to promote the use of mandarin as well as to increase the awareness of Chinese culture were organized during the campaign. For more information, please visit the official website at
http://www.mandarin.org.sg.

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River Hong Bao
River Hong Bao is held yearly during the period of Lunar New Year. As part of the Lunar New Year celebrations, Chinese culture takes special focus. Featuring the Year of the Horse as its theme, Singapore River Hong Bao 2002 is a riverside carnival that promises to be a happy blend of food, folk-art and folklore. Enjoy breathtaking performances by supple acrobats from China as well as entertainment provided by local artistes. Catch spectacular fireworks display on the opening night and Lunar New Year's Eve, while you shop for quaint calligraphic scrolls, hand-carved seals and 'dragon's beard' candy at the carnival.

For more information, please contact Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations at 6354 4078.

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