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We want to de­velop the Sin­ga­pore Chi­nese Cul­tural Cen­tre as a cen­ter of ex­cel­lence, a plat­form where we can show­case the best of artists and art or­ga­ni­za­tions in Sin­ga­pore. At the heart of it, we want to reach out to young Sin­ga­pore­ans to get them in­ter­ested, ex­cited, and, more im­por­tantly, cu­ri­ous about their own her­itage. We hope that the cen­ter will be used well by our lo­cal artists and arts groups who are in­ter­ested to pro­mote arts and cul­ture in Sin­ga­pore in mean­ing­ful and ac­ces­si­ble ways. The Cen­tre is a multi-pur­pose arts venue. We want it to be a plat­form for lo­cal artists and arts or­ga­ni­za­tions to use to present their works. We have a range of spa­ces, from large venues like the au­di­to­rium and the multi-pur­pose hall, to smaller, more in­ti­mate spa­ces like our recital and re­hearsal stu­dios. We want the Cen­tre to be ac­ces­si­ble to a wide range of au­di­ences, not only those are al­ready well versed and en­thu­si­as­tic about Chi­nese art and cul­ture. We want to use popular cul­ture to reach out to younger Sin­ga­pore­ans to get them more in­ter­ested in their own her­itage. One of our sig­na­ture pro­grams is the an­nual Cul­tural Ex­trav­a­ganza, a three-week cul­tural fes­ti­val. Among the pro­grams that we have or­ga­nized for it was Masks of Com­edy, a com­mis­sion with theater com­pany, Toy Fac­tory, where we looked at the history of TV co­me­di­ans in Sin­ga­pore. We ended the fes­ti­val with Sing.Lang Con­cert, a ma­jor Man­darin pop song con­cert where lo­cal singers in­ter­preted songs that were pop­u­lar­ized or writ­ten by Sin­ga­pore­ans. We hope that with this range of pro­grams, young Sin­ga­pore­ans will come for­ward, en­joy and re­dis­cover their roots and her­itage. One of our strate­gies is adopt­ing a much more open def­i­ni­tion of cul­ture: Chi­nese cul­ture is not lim­ited to Chi­nese cal­lig­ra­phy or Chi­nese dance; a cul­ture is much more open. It in­cludes food, fash­ion, ar­chi­tec­ture – the world around us. I think with this ap­proach, we can get more young Sin­ga­pore­ans ex­cited about their own her­itage. View the video in­ter­view with Mr. Low Sze Wee on www.port­fo­liomagsg.com

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