National Museum to organise Hari Raya programmes on May 7

Some activities include batik painting workshops, performances and a gallery hunt.

Nurul Mardhiah

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Published: 21 April 2022, 5:08 PM

In celebration of Hari Raya, the National Museum of Singapore is hosting special programmes and workshops on May 7. 

These programmes are organised for visitors to learn more about the traditions and cultures that are practised and celebrated during Hari Raya.

Here are some highlights to look forward to:

We Celebrate: Gallery Hunt

From 11am to 6pm, visitors can participate in the We Celebrate: Gallery Hunt which requires visitors to walk through the free gallery exhibitions and search for Hari Raya related artefacts. Visitors will end the experience with redeeming old-school and festive snacks.


Visitors are not allowed to consume food and are encouraged to keep their masks on at all times throughout the programme. PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE


This programme is suitable for those aged 13 and above. The galleries are located at The Platform on level two. 

Visitors can book a slot here. The museum will only hold the slots for 10 minutes after each time slot before admitting walk-in visitors. The final registration of the event will be at 5.30pm and the redemption counter will close at 6pm. 

Flame of the Forest

A live performance by the band Flame of the Forest (FOTF) will be held at the Gallery Theatre from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. Located at the basement level, FOTF will perform a variety of popular Hari Raya songs. 

Visitors can purchase a ticket to attend the live performance. Each ticket costs $5 and comes with light refreshments for visitors to bring home as no eating or drinking is allowed at the venue. Visitors are also not allowed to interact with the performers. 


FOTF is a local eclectic instrumental world music band that aims to showcase various combinations of world music genres with their instruments. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/@FLAME OF THE FOREST


However, as space is limited, those interested can also catch the livestream of the performance on the National Museum’s Facebook page

A Lighter Side of History: A Batik-ful Hari Raya - Batik Painting Workshop

A special batik crafting workshop titled A Lighter Side of History: A Batik-ful Hari Raya – Batik Painting workshop, is available from 11am to 1.30pm. The workshop is located at the Gallery Theatre. 

Hosted by batik artist Kamal Dollah, and founder of YeoMama Batik, Desleen Yeo, the programme features them sharing more about the batik art and what it means to them. Visitors will also get to create their own batik painting using the canting in a workshop conducted by Kamal Dollah. 


Kamal Dollah was awarded the Artisan of the Year Award by the Rotary Club of Singapore in 2019. PHOTO CREDITS: KAMAL ARTS


The prices for the workshop is $45 per person and $80 for a pair. On top of the batik painting workshop, visitors will receive an exclusive batik mask by YeoMama Batik. Tickets for this workshop can be purchased here

A small section of this event will be livestreamed on the National Museum’s Facebook page

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