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October 2016 Newsletter

From Our Director, Kennie Ting

It’s been a month since I came on board as Director for Asian Civilisations Museum and I’ve been swept away by all the support I’ve received. I thank our visitors, docents, donors, and friends of ACM for all the encouragement. It has indeed inspired me to do more to reacquaint the museum with Singapore and to help people remember the forgotten links between cultures.

As some of you may already have read, travelling is an important aspect of my life. I feel learning and experiencing the different cultures in Asia makes me better understand who I am. I hope to take you on a journey with me as we armchair-travel through Asia’s cities and cultures via our upcoming exhibitions. In the course of the exhibitions, I will also share my own personal experiences of and learnings about Asia.

Besides finding our own unique curatorial voice through our collection and exhibitions, we also want to explore the idea of enhancing our exhibitions with music, art, design and the performing arts. We’ll be inviting talented individuals and groups from different local communities to partner with the museum to add surprising new dimensions to the museum experience that all can appreciate and enjoy.

If music or art isn’t your thing and you just prefer to chill, come join me every last Friday of the month on the ACM riverfront steps. We’ll watch the sunset with drinks, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on experiencing the ACM anew. 

Catch the World Premiere of a Japanese Noh Play in 3D at River Nights 2016!

River Nights 2016 is returning for its third consecutive year to celebrate Empress Place as a creative playground for both artists and visitors. Organised by the Asian Civilisations Museum, and in collaboration with National Arts Council as the principal partner, this year’s theme of Phantasmagoria will inspire and delight through four nights of magic and illusion. Join in the fun with the massive 200-person Umbrella Project, a technological collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Pilobolus. Immerse yourself in Soundscape of the River, blending poetry, spoken word, dance, opera, and drum beats, and witness the first-ever in the world Noh play performance with 3D projection.

River Nights 2016
21, 22, 28, 29 October, 7 to 11pm
Free admission

Visit for more information on two exciting weekends at Empress Place and the Asian Civilisations Museum. 

Are you ready for ACM After Dark 2016? 

The Asian supernatural comes to life at ACM’s well-loved annual Halloween offering. This year’s instalment will feature East-meets-West elements, supported by the Embassy of the United States, Singapore. Be thrilled by activities and performances inspired by the objects on display in the galleries. Hear haunting tales in the galleries, strike poses at our dress-up booths and make your own spooky souvenirs to take home! We promise you a night at the museum to remember!

ACM After Dark 2016
Saturday, 29 October, 7 to 11pm
Free admission


Lunchtime Concerts at ACM
Fridays, 4 and 11 November, 12.30pm
Free admission

Back by popular demand, join aspiring musicians from the NUS – Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music – as they serenade you with classical and jazzy tunes.

Tigers in Asian Art and Literature
Patricia Welch
Friday, 25 November, 7 to 8.30pm
Ngee Ann Auditorium, ACM

One of the reasons we draw is to capture and share an experience – whether scratched into a cave’s rocky wall or artfully painted with oil or watercolour. We often look at art to be entertained, and to see something captivating or exciting. It is for good reason that the tiger has become one of the most written about and depicted animals in literature and art. From military symbol to gullible simpleton, meet the many faces of tigers as they are portrayed across Asia.

About the speaker

Patricia Bjaaland Welch has an MA in Asian Studies from Boston University, where she taught Chinese religion and philosophy before joining the University of Oslo. She relocated to Asia in 1987 and currently divides her time between homes in Bangkok and Singapore. She is a frequent speaker at the Siam Society (Bangkok), regional ceramic societies, and cruise ships, and is the author of books, including Chinese New Year (1995) and Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery (2008).

Join us for Trade & Fusion Cuisine Explained
Thursday, 27 October, 7pm

“When cultures mix, fusion is inevitable.” - Corrine Trang, Vietnamese food writer

Fusion foods are hybrid dishes resulting from a blending of culinary worlds. Created by the earliest travellers and traders, they are innovations on the plate, reflections of cross-cultural exchanges as significant as great works of art.

Relish fusion delights of the past that mirror star objects in our Trade Gallery. We promise an evening of new discoveries, in both art and flavours, paired with exquisite wines. 

We Love Local!

Discover flavours of Singapore with our monthly “We Love Local” specials. This October, try our yummilicious Hainanese boneless chicken rice served with cabbage soup, housemade chilli. If you like a twist of flavours, hop on over to EMPRESS to try our evening dim sum from 5pm onwards.

Programmes may change at short notice.                       

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