Escape game, live performances featured at 2023 Wan Qing Dragon Boat Festival held Jun 17-18
Organised by the National Heritage Board, the annual event will take place at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.
An escape game, live performances, cultural workshops and a heritage walking tour are some activities members of the public can expect at the Wan Qing Dragon Boat Festival this year.
Organised by the National Heritage Board (NHB), the annual event will take place at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall from Jun 17 to 18.
Participants can learn about the story and traditions behind Dragon Boat Festival, one of the oldest cultural festivals in the world, as well as its rich historical significance.
In the escape game activity, Lost in Time: The Case of the Missing Researcher, participants will be tasked to investigate the disappearance of a renowned researcher who has vanished while studying a mysterious 19th century artefact.
Available slots for the game include 11.30am to 1pm on Jun 17 and 10am to 11.30am, 11.30am to 1pm on Jun 18. Tickets are priced at $8 per pax.
The escape game is suitable for participants aged 10 years and above and will be conducted in English.
The Wan Qing Dragon Boat Festival will also feature a lineup of free activities including public talks like Home Abroad: Shanghainese (Sanjiang) Community and Early Chinese Society in Singapore.
Conducted in Mandarin, the talk will explore the origins of the Sam Kiang (Sanjiang) people – uncovering the stories behind why early migrants of this community were referred to as Shanghainese.
Attendees can also look forward to learning about the historical ties between Shanghai and Singapore, including early prominent figures from the Sam Kiang community and their pioneering works in different industries that contributed to Singapore’s society.
Home Abroad: Shanghainese (Sanjiang) Community and Early Chinese Society in Singapore will take place on Jun 17 from 10am to 11.30am. Limited spaces are available and admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Event-goers can also look forward to free storytelling sessions like Tales of Dragon Boat Festival, which will cover the legends and myths behind well-loved Chinese stories.
The session will take place on Jun 17 in Mandarin and on Jun 18 in English, with time slots at 11.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 3pm on both days.
The event will also feature a Dragon Boat Festival show on both days from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, as well as a mini dragon boat racing event from 5.30pm to 6pm for children between the ages of five and eight.
Various guided tours and trails like the Balestier Heritage Healthcare Trail will also be available at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.
The new walking trail will cover the rich history and lesser-known stories of the Balestier precinct as the home to some of Singapore’s earliest healthcare institutions.
Available slots for the tour include 10.30am to 12pm (English) and 11am to 12.30pm (Chinese) on Jun 18 and 11am to 12.30pm on Jun 17 (Chinese). Tickets are priced at $12 per pax.
The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall is a heritage institution owned by Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry and is managed by the National Heritage Board.
The memorial hall traces Dr Sun’s revolutionary activities in the Southeast Asian region and highlights the impact of the 1911 Chinese Revolution on Singapore as well as Singapore’s contributions to the Revolution.