IHC CultureFest is back for its fourth edition! Join us in our various programmes taking place over two weekends from 23 Nov – 1 Dec. This year’s festival examines how Tamil identity and culture in Singapore has evolved in terms of history, arts, cuisine, fashion, and festive celebrations. Programmes on the first weekend will explore traditional Tamil practices, while the second weekend would examine contemporary Tamil practices. Visitors can also look forward to lectures, panel discussions, interactive performances, trails and workshops. IHC CultureFest 2019 is held in conjunction with the launch of IHC’s special exhibition From the Coromandel Coast to the Straits: Revisiting Our Tamil Heritage, which opens on 23 November.
- Craft workshop
(23 Nov & 30 Nov, 10am – 12pm)
This workshop is part of Kala Sangam, a collaborative initiative of the Indian Heritage Centre and the High Commission of India in Singapore, to invite traditional craftspeople from India to the Centre. Kala Sangam aims to promote this important aspect of Singapore’s Indian community’s intangible cultural heritage and to share this rich heritage with Singaporeans.
- Roving Traditional Performances
Traditional Performances (23 Nov & 24 Nov, 11am – 1pm)
Contemporary Performances (30 Nov & 1 Dec, 11 am – 1pm)
Music hits the streets at Little India! Catch traditional and contemporary Indian musical performances roving around the precinct. Groove to the rhythm and tap to the beat as you experience and partake in the various immersive and interactive live street performances.
First weekend performance include traditional Tamil folk dance, percussion, and martial arts display (Omkar Arts, Damaru Singapore, The Kalari Academy) while the second week highlights Tamil contemporary dance, percussion, and musical performances (Manimaran Creations, Damaru Singapore, Veritas).
- Curator’s Tour
(23 Nov & 30 Nov, 3 – 4pm)
Hear first-hand from our curators as they take you through the galleries of the new special exhibition From the Coromandel Coast to the Straits – Revisiting Tamil Heritage and take in the curatorial narrative, artefact highlights, and insights into the exhibition.
- Panel Discussion 1 & 2
(23 Nov, 4pm – 6pm) - Pride of Tamil. Tradition & Modernity Together
(30 Nov, 4pm – 6pm) - Yes, I’m Tamiழan. Identity and aspirations.
Be a part of this lively discussion on what it means to be Tamil in Singapore, examining both traditional and contemporary identities while exploring the role of Tamil language and heritage in the formation of a collective Singaporean Identity.
- Discovery Trails
Saturdays (23 & 30 Nov, 2pm – 3.30pm & 4pm – 5.30pm)
Sundays (24 Nov & 1 Dec, 2pm – 3.30pm)
Weekdays (26 & 28 Nov, 2pm – 3.30pm & 4pm – 5.30pm))
Embark on an experiential trail around Little India focusing on aspects of fashion, food, craft, and spice that will be a feast to your senses as it deepens your understanding of heritage culture within this precinct.
- Traditional Performance
(23 Nov, 6pm – 7pm)
Literature comes alive! Watch Silambu Selvi, an enthralling Theru Koothu (a street theatre performance that incorporates music, dance, and drama) retelling one of the ancient Tamil epics – Silappatikaram (The Tale of An Anklet) – which is one of the five great epics in Tamil literary tradition.
- Traditional Dining Workshop
(24 Nov, 11am – 1pm)
Learn the art and etiquette of traditional Indian banana leaf dining in this interactive workshop. Experience eating traditional Tamil vegetarian meal by hand, and get to know the nuances behind the serving sequence, variety of dishes, and the benefits and goodness of the vegetarian meal.
- Traditional Spice workshop
(24 Nov, 2pm – 4pm)
Think you know spice? Join Chef Nathan as he shares all about traditional spices commonly used in Tamil cuisine. Embark on a spice journey starting with the naming of the spices, understanding their unique qualities, and learning about the health benefits and the usage of spices during food preparation.
- Contemporary Performance
(30 Nov, 6pm – 7 pm)
Immerse yourself in an evening of vibrant and energetic acts as a new wave of young artistes explore contemporary Tamil performances through dance, music, spoken word and rap.
- Contemporary Cooking Demo (Jaffna to the Malay Archipelago – A Contemporary Culinary Spice Route Journey)