Thursday, October 22, 2015

Peranakan Arts Festival 2015

[Media Invite]

After I watched the local drama series The Little Nyonya a few years ago, I became more interested in Peranakan culture. There was once I brought my children to Peranakan Museum, but it was closed on that day! And we still have not visited there yet! So when we were informed about Peranakan Arts Festival, I thought it would be a good platform for us to get to know Peranakan culture.

This is the first ever Peranakan Arts Festival. In 1 festival, it features 2 world premieres, 3 forums, free public performances and exhibitions over 5 days, from 4 to 8 November 2015.

Ba-Bazaar @ The Jubilee Lawn

Traditional Peranakan activities from cooking to food, crafts to embroidery are featured at the bazaar.

Venue: Empress Place
Festival hours: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Admission: Free (of course you have to pay for purchasing the food and products)
Schedule of activities:

The 28th Baba Nyonya Convention

Seminar 1: 7 Nov 2015 (Saturday) 9 a.m.
Language & Identity: Is Baba Malay essential to being Peranakan?

Seminar 2: 7 Nov 2015 (Saturday)  10.15 a.m.
The Business of Being Peranakan | Viability & Sustainability

Seminar 3: 7 Nov 2015 (Saturday) 11.45 a.m.
The Peranakan Wish-List | Setting Visions for Tomorrow

Tickets at SGD45 per seminar; SGD80 for all 3 seminars

Theatre Shows

Pintu Pagar

At 14, she doesn't believe in love. Only money. He is 17, from an impoverished Singkeh family of the 60's. What starts off as an antagonistic and prickly meeting between the pretty, sharp-tongued pragmatist and a dashing, handsome romantic will throw the two young lovers into a 40-year journey of just-missed opportunities, longing and heart-warming, selfless acts. What lessons would they have learnt at the end of their journeys travelled separately and apart? Will they find each other in spite of four decades of missed chances and close encounters? Or will they swing in tandem like the two doors of the Pintu Pagar - always to miss, never to connect with and always with a deep longing to touch for a moment.

Show Schedule
5 Nov 2015 (Thursday):  7.30 p.m.
6 Nov 2015 (Friday):  2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.
7 Nov 2015 (Saturday):  11 a.m.
8 Nov 2015 (Sunday): 11 a.m.

Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall

Ticket Prices
Matinee Show SGD55, SGD35
Evening Show SGD75, SGD45 

Bibiks Behind Bars, Kena Again!!

Die-hard habits have never left this Peranakan family! Watch out as the Bibiks of Katong keep up with the times, challenging old traditions and gambling with the new. Are there really secret formulas from their Peranakan forefathers? Will the kaypoh kaywat auntie next door introduce other 'sure win' secret formulas? Or will they all wind up behind bars? This fun-filled musical comedy is a must see for the whole family! Side splitting laughs as you catch these 'Kaki-Judi' game-blers as they indulge in their crazy, 'Bey-Pio', 'Tiok-Toto', 'Kasi-nos' antics. Lucky Numbers…? Boleh Kasi!

Show Schedule
5 Nov 2015 (Thursday):  8 p.m.
6 Nov 2015 (Friday):  3 p.m. and 8 p.m. (8 p.m. show is sold out)
7 Nov 2015 (Saturday):  3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
8 Nov 2015 (Sunday): 3 p.m.

Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall

Ticket Prices
Matinee Show SGD75, SGD45
Evening Show SGD85, SGD55
Booking of tickets:

Our review on Bibiks Behind Bars, Kena Again!! (updated on 5 November 2015)

We attended the Gala Premiere of Bibiks Behind Bars, Kena Again!! on 5 November 2015. The musical was conducted in English, Malay and Chinese dialects. Though we couldn't really understand Malay, the actions of the cast were so comical that we had a good laugh!

Other than the humour, another thing that we like about this musical is that it was interactive, as the cast invited the audience to sing along and talked to the audience occasionally, and even threw "money" at us! We received one hundred happy dollars!

After the intermission, we were almost late to go back to the theatre, as the children were enjoying some Nyonya kueh that I bought from Ba-Bazaar. We had a close encounter with the main cast at the entrance of the theatre! Though I would like to take a selfie with them, it was not the right time as they were getting ready for the next scene.

For those of you who grew up with the local drama series Under One Roof, you would be familiar with the veteran actress Koh Chieng Mun. She simply rocked the theatre!

Overall, it was an enjoyable performance!

Peranakan Arts Festival 2015

Disclaimer: We are invited to the Gala Premiere of Bibik Behind Bars, Kena Again. No monetary compensation was received. The images in this post are from Peranakan Arts Festival official website.

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