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Teochew Festival 2016 promotes the rich culture and heritage of Teochews in Singapore

Singapore, 9 December 2016 - Teochew Festival 2016 (潮州节2016) is back to promote the rich culture and heritage of Teochews in Singapore from 9 to 18 December 2016 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre Level 1 Hall A. 

The festival, organised by Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan (潮州八邑会馆), was officially opened by Minister for Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong, this morning. 

The event will take up 45,000 square feet of exhibition space, which is 1.5 times bigger than its inaugural event in 2014. 

Entrance tickets are priced at $10 each. The ticket holder can enjoy a $3 rebate at the Food Zone (美食区) and Teochew Delicacies Zone. In addition, visitors can also enjoy full day parking at Marina Bay Sands at only $8 on weekdays.

Highlights of Teochew Festival 2016

Cultural Gallery
The Cultural Zone (侨批文化馆) features artefacts of how early Teochew migrants communicated and corresponded with their families in China. Visitors get a glimpse into the tough lives of early Teochew immigrants in Singapore through a display of Qiaopi (Remittance Letters) from overseas Chinese in the 1800s and 1900s. These overseas Teochews would send a portion of their income, no matter how meagre, along with a letter to family members back home in China. This combination of remittance and correspondence is known as Qiao Pi. Coolie Currency will also be on display. 

Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan has specially loaned some of these artefacts from the Museum of Overseas Chinese Remittance, Shantou China (中国汕头侨批文物馆). There was also a call for members of the public to send in Remittance Letters of their loved ones which will be on display at the event.

Teochew Festival NETS FlashPay Card
To encourage cashless transactions, only NETS payment is accepted at the fair. Visitors can bring along their NETS card to make purchases, or buy a specially designed Teochew Festival NETS Flashpay card on site. These limited-edition cards are drawn with cartoon illustrations adapted from renowned Teochew operas and stories such as Su Liu Niang, Peach Blossom takes the Ferry, and Reunion by the Well. These exclusive NETS Flashpay collectibles cost $50 for a set of 6 cards.


Exquisite Craftsmanship

Visitors can admire Teochew crafts and watch live demonstrations by master craftsmen at the Arts & Crafts Zone. Crafts on display include beautiful lanterns, golden silk embroidery works, exquisite wood carvings and delicate ceramic tea sets. SK Jewellery, one of the exhibitors at the festival, will be unveiling a stunning and intricate replica of the Teochew Si Dian Jin House, specially created for Teochew Festival this year. The concept of Si Dian Jin is pivotal in Teochew culture and is a part of Teochew wedding customs. Measuring 60cm by 52cm, this magnificent artwork is crafted in 999 Pure Gold.

Experience a Teochew Feast
Foodies will be treated to an array of Teochew cuisines at the festival. Food plays a crucial role in Teochew culture and heritage. There will be a food street featuring 20 vendors comprising homegrown Teochew eateries Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine and Chin Lee Restaurant, as well as food vendors from Shantou and Chaozhou, China. A variety of tantalising Teochew specialties such as Bak Kut Teh, Crystal Dumplings, Fried Kway Teow and Fried Oyster Omelette will be served. Some foods and ingredients are also air-flown directly from Shantou China to ensure that visitors get to enjoy the taste of authentic Teochew cuisines.

Cultural Performances 
There will be daily performances by award-winning performing groups such as Xiao Mei Hua Opera Troupe (小梅花艺术团) from Jieyang City, China. Xiao Mei Hua, which garnered very good response at the last Teochew Festival, was invited back to delight audiences. Local arts group, Nam Hwa Opera Limited (南华儒剧社) will perform traditional Teochew operas while AFinger (一指团体), a hip hop group from Shantou, will perform traditional Teochew tunes with a modern twist of hip-hop and RAP music. The organisers have also invited Teochew Eight Districts Association (柔佛潮州八邑会馆), from Johor Bahru, as part of a friendly exchange of cultural influences across borders.


Mobile Game App
The festival has developed its first mobile game app called "Heng Heng" which is specially created with the aim of engaging, entertaining and educating players about Teochew culture through traditional Teochew pastries or "kuehs". Besides learning about the origins of the familiar Teochew treats, one can also hear how each “kueh” is being pronounced accurately in Teochew. The mobile app can be downloaded free from Andriod Google Play and Apple App Store. 

A Teochew Concert in Lion City (潮音汇狮城)
As part of the festival, the renowned Shantou Chao Yue Tuan (中国汕头潮乐团) will be performing a string of Teochew Opera classics and tunes in A Teochew Concert In Lion City (潮音汇狮城), at the Singapore Conference Hall on 16 and 17 December. Tickets are priced at $10, $20 and $100, and are sold at Nam Hwa Opera Limited. Tickets are fully sold out for the first two shows, and an additional concert will be staged on 17 December at 2.30pm. Members of the public can call 6323 5528 for ticketing information.

The 4th International Teochew Doctors Forum (第四届国际潮籍博士论坛)
The 4th International Teochew Doctoral Forum (ITDForum) was officially opened at Teochew Festival 2016 today. This is the first time that the forum is taking place outside China. Organised by the International Teochew Doctors Association, the annual academic event provides a platform for professional experts to discuss and disseminate state-of-the-art research and technologies in a smart nation. The theme for this year's forum is "Smart Future: Opportunities and Challenges”, which aims to promote collaborations among Teochew technologists and entrepreneurs in the area of smart applications, and to foster closer ties between research, development and commercialisation. 

Other Information about Teochew Festival 2016 

Admission 
9 Dec 2016             : 1pm - 9pm 
10 - 18 Dec 2016 : 10.30am - 9pm

Venue
Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Level 1 Hall A

Ticket Pricing
· $10 (Standard Ticket)
· $9 (PAssion Card members)

Official Website        www.teochewfestival.com
Official Facebook     www.facebook.com/teochewfestsingapore

Please see attached Chinese media release, programme and speeches delivered at the opening ceremony. 




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