Groundbreaking Ceremony of the China Cultural Centre in Singapore

15/11/2010

FACTSHEET ON THE CHINA CULTURAL CENTRE

The Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) is establishing a China Cultural Centre (CCC; 中国文化中心ƒ) in Singapore.A groundbreaking ceremony of the CCC was held on the morning of 15 November 2010.

Genesis

2.     On 12 November 2009, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the establishment of the China Cultural Centre was signed by Permanent Secretary (Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts), Mr Chan Yeng Kit (陈英杰)and PRC Vice Minister of Culture, Mrs Zhao Shaohua (赵少华Ž).The MOU states the intent of both countries to foster exchange and cooperation in the fields of arts and culture.

Location

3.     The CCC is located at 217 Queen Street, in Singapore's Arts and Heritage District. Museums[1], arts education institutions[2], galleries and other art facilities[3] are in the vicinity.As the Centre aims to provide high quality and publicly-accessible cultural programmes, synergy could be created with these organizations.

4.     Dr Liu Thai Ker of RSP Architects, Planners and Engineers has been appointed as the Centre's architect and planner.The Centre is the first China Cultural Centre in the world to be designed by a local architect.

Functions

5.     The CCC is an overseas cultural institution established by the PRC Government.It aims to facilitate the understanding of Chinese culture abroad, promote people-to-people friendship and deepen cultural exchange and cooperation between China and the host of country of the Centre.There are currently eight such Centres worldwide - Benin, Berlin, Cairo, Malta, Mauritius, Paris, Seoul and Tokyo.

6.     2010 has seen a flurry of bilateral arts and cultural exchanges as Singapore and China celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. The Centre is expected to bring about closer cultural ties between the two countries with collaborative opportunities for Singapore and Chinese artists and arts groups, as well as a further offering of performances, exhibitions, lectures and workshops to the general public.

7.     The Centre is envisaged to be the locus for Chinese arts and cultural exchange in Singapore.It will offer classes in areas such as Mandarin, calligraphy and wushu, and house a library of books on China. It will also hold exhibitions of Chinese and Singapore art, film screening as well as lectures on various aspects of Chinese culture. The Centre's functions will evolve over time to include other cultural areas relevant to both countries.

Prepared by: Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts

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[1]Singapore Art Museum, 8Q, National Museum of Singapore, Peranakan Museum and Singapore Philatelic Museum as well as private museums such as Mint Museum of Toys.

[2]School of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LASALLE

[3]For example, 222 Queen Street, Sculpture Square and Drama Centre.

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