Singapore, 9 March 2016 – For the first time, Armenian Street, which is part of the Bras Basah-Bugis precinct, will be closed on 11 and 12 March 2016 and transformed into a colourful buzzing hub of heritage and nightlife offering a spectacular line-up of local acts and pop-up street performances.
2 A ground-up initiative anchored by the Peranakan Museum and Singapore Management University, the street party features a selection of performances showcasing Peranakan culture, contemporary music, poetry reading and other lifestyle activities.
3 Senior Assistant Director for Audience at Peranakan Museum, Mr Bernard Tan, said, “The Armenian Street Party was conceived with profiling the Peranakan Museum as a forethought, making the Museum more relevant to the Singaporean public. The inaugural Street Party is held in conjunction with the museum’s special exhibition, Great Peranakan: Fifty Remarkable Lives, drawing a lifestyle parallel to how Peranakans would host grandiose parties for their guests in the past.
The community-focused Street Party emulates a festival-like atmosphere to reclaim the street for the people, aligned with Bras Basah-Bugis (BBB) precinct’s vision to create a vibrant lifestyle destination for locals and visitors alike. The Street Party showcases the eclecticism of the stakeholders on Armenian Street and creates stakeholder interests in coming together to programme the area.”
Key highlights include
(i) The Urban Garden – the alley between Substation and the museum will be transformed into a garden complete with festoon lighting, swings and park benches. Urban Garden is made possible with the support of Nparks and URA’s “Street for People” project
(ii) Motif Traces – a colourful contemporary dance performance inspired by Peranakan motifs by Dance Ensemble Singapore Arts Company (DES Arts),
(iii) Emily, The Musical – be among the privileged few to witness this special musical by Musical Theatre Limited
(iv) Si Wanggeh (A Spiritual Entity) – a Peranakan Wayang production by Peranakan Siblings, True Blue
(v) The Main Wayang Company – a repertoire of song and dance numbers, including a special segment dedicated to Peranakan pioneers, in conjunction with the museum’s special exhibition, Great Peranakans
(vi) Live band performances by Singapore Management University and many more.
Please refer to Annex A for the full list of Armenian Street Party activities and Annex B for the Programme Schedule.
The Armenian Street Party 2016 will take place on 11 and 12 March from 7pm till 12 midnight.
Source: www.nhb.gov.sg News Release 9 Mar 2016