The 28th Baba Nyonya Convention
Nov11

The 28th Baba Nyonya Convention

The inaugural Peranakan Arts Festival and the 28th Baba Nyonya Convention from November 4 – 8 2015 have come and gone in a twinkle of an eye. During this time, The Lawn at Empress Place and Victoria Theatre were turned into a festive celebration of Peranakan culture and ethos, in conjunction with SG50, Singapore’s jubilee. The Convention, in particular, from 6 – 8 November, was celebrated with a record 350 delegates from 14...

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Convention Programme 2015
Oct31

Convention Programme 2015

1st – 6th Nov ARRIVAL & REGISTRATION / SHOW AT Victoria Theatre 1700 Hrs Registration at Victoria Concert Hall 1745 – 1945 Hrs Buffet Dinner at The White Space, Victoria 2000 Hrs Lights!! Camera!! Action!! – Bibiks Behand Bars Kena Again!! 2nd – 7th Nov SEMINAR / COMMUNITY STAGE EVENTS / CONVENTION DINNER 0830 Hrs Doors Open at Victoria Concert Hall 0900 Hrs Welcome address and opening of the 28th Convention –...

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Pantun Enche Lee Kuan Yew
Aug23

Pantun Enche Lee Kuan Yew

16th September 1923-23rd March 2015 Pantun Enche Lee Kuan Yew Nama Dia paling cermelang, Petir terang langit malam, Terima kasih seluruh orang, Pemimpin Singa dari alam! Tebar bernih tengah ladang, Puchok da-jadi pokok besar, Tukang tabor hilang bayang, Cukop sedih kita bepisah! (English Translation) Bright ever shinning is his name, Lightning brightens the nights, Grateful are we one & all, A Lion of Leaders of an era! Seeds sown...

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Bespoke Sulam
Aug23

Bespoke Sulam

Baba Heath Yeo loves to experiment – his one-of-a-kind kebayas are wearable fantasies. Baba Emeric Lau interviews this dedicated embroiderer. Like many of his contemporaries, Baba Heath Yeo struggles to qualify himself when asked if he is Peranakan. He knows his paternal grandmother is tionghua Peranakan from Indonesia, but his mother is Singaporean Chinese, “so I guess I’m half”. Nonetheless, anyone who has seen his embroidered...

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The Adoptee as Artist
Aug23

The Adoptee as Artist

The serene florals of artist Gabby Malpas’ paintings barely hint of the storied life she has led as a transracial adoptee, Baba Emeric Lau discovers. “The road less travelled” is a phrase often used by artists to describe the course of their lives. For Gabby Malpas, however, that choice was made for her. While scouring for Instagram pictures with the “#Peranakan” hashtag, I chanced upon Malpas’ captivating paintings of flowers...

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