THE spotlight may be on Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, but all eyes were on two silat fighters as they showed off their moves at the Malay Heritage Centre last night.

Mr Wong was there to launch this year’s Malay CultureFest, a three-week-long festival showcase for traditional and contemporary Malay arts.

There will be talks, workshops and performances, including a Star Wars-inspired performance of Fusion Wayang Kulit.

The third edition of the annual festival also coincides with the opening of a new Budi Daya exhibition at the centre, mixing historical artefacts from Singapore’s National Collection with modern paintings and video art. Budi Daya explores the value and meaning of culture from the Malay perspective. Entry to the festival and exhibition is free.

“I encourage the centre to strengthen its community partnerships and keep coming up with new and fresh ideas. Together, let’s make Kampong Glam an even more vibrant and beloved historic district,” said Mr Wong.

The efforts play into a larger push by his ministry to develop cultural districts throughout Singapore. Already, there is the civic district and the Bras Basah Bugis precinct, which help build up artistic and cultural ecosystems.


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