Asian music event held at Asian Civilisations Museum Sep 8-10; features performances, activities, workshops

Singaporeans and PRs are granted free entry into the ongoing Andrew Gn exhibition during the event’s run.

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Published: 7 September 2023, 2:22 PM

Music enthusiasts can drop by the Asian Civilisations Museum’s (ACM) latest programme to listen, watch and even learn about a wide range of asian music and cultures from Sep 8 to 10.

Crossing Cultures at ACM: Sounds of Asia is the newest addition to the museum’s Crossing Cultures programme lineup, where a wide range of musical showcases, activities and workshops will take place.

The event will hold outdoor performances by local musicians of diverse cultures over the course of three days. Visitors can expect to hear melodic tunes originating from Fujian, Tibet and ancient India, with some even being fused with modern instruments to create new and refreshing harmonies.

Featured acts performing their traditional and contemporary music pieces include syncretic music ensemble Open Score Project, Indian cultural institution Temple of Fine Arts, jazz fusion band RaghaJazz, wellness studio Space 2B, nanyin musical group Siong Leng Musical Association and Malay percussion ensemble Nadi Singapura.


All performances will be held at ACM Hardcourt, and are between 45 minutes to an hour long. PHOTO CREDITS: ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM


Visitors can also partake in a few drop-in activities and groove to music of new and old together.

A Vinyl Pasar and sharing sessions will be set up on Sunday (Sep 10), where collections of vinyl records and refurbished turntable players are available for analogue music enthusiasts in particular to sift through and purchase.

Sharing sessions will also take place during the Vinyl Pasar, with experts like Randolf Arriola and Turntable Doktor ready to discuss topics such as vinyl record grading and maintenance with visitors.

Other activities like open mic sessions and a “gallery-groove” are made available for visitors to partake in during the event as well.

For those that wish to learn more about asian music may register for artist-led workshops. With four to choose from, each session will introduce participants to music-related subjects like Malay drums, konnokols, nanyin and traditional folk tunes.

All activities except the workshops are free-of-charge, where the latter is priced at $10 per session. Those interested may purchase tickets on Peatix.

Crossing Cultures at ACM: Sounds of Asia is held in conjunction with an ongoing special exhibition featuring Singaporean designer Andrew Gn. During the programme’s duration, Singaporean and Permanent Residents are granted free entry into the exhibition, while entry tickets are discounted by $10 for tourists and foreign residents.

On top of the programme’s activity lineup, visitors also get a chance to redeem kacang puteh on Sep 8 to 9, ice cream on Sep 9, and win Andrew Gn merchandise and Barbie dolls at a lucky spin on Sep 10.

The programme will run from 4pm to 9pm across all three days.

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