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First Singapore-China Youth Arts Festival

Singapore, 3 July 2017 – The first Singapore-China Youth Arts Festival aims to create an interactive and appreciative platform for the youths of Singapore and China to exhibit their artistic talents. Activities such as drama performances, workshops, children’s song composition sessions and competitions will be held every weekend from8 to 30 July

The inaugural event is co-organised by the student publications of Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) Chinese Media Group, China Cultural Centre and China National Theatre for Children (CNTC), and sponsored by Chinese Language and Culture Fund, China Life Insurance (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. and Singapore Press Holdings Foundation. 

Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth and Trade and Industry is the Guest of Honour for the launch on 8 July.

Ms Lee Huay Leng, Head of SPH’s Chinese Media Group, said: “We hope that our Singapore youths will become more connected with Chinese culture through arts. At the event, they can play three key roles – as an audience, a participant and seminar listener, which are important to art education.”

Ms Ma Hong Ying, Director of China Cultural Centre, said: “The inaugural Singapore-China Youth Arts Festival marks a key milestone of cultural exchange and collaboration between Singapore and China. There are exciting programmes for our youths to look forward to this July, such as ‘Journey to the West’ performance by the China National Theatre for Children, singing competitions and many more.”

Mr Tony Chow, Chief Executive of China Life Insurance (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., said: We are proud to sponsor the Singapore-China Youth Arts Festival as it not only strengthens Singapore-China art and cultural exchanges at children and youth level, it is also an opportunity for China Life Insurance Singapore to promote the awareness and appreciation of Chinese arts through different forms to appeal to our future generation –the youths and children. 

“This Festival is an avenue for our youths to express their creativity through showcasing the various genre of performance arts to capture the hearts and minds of the audience, and further propagate the beauty of Chinese arts and culture in today’s society. As we know, preserving and upholding the heritage of more traditional forms of arts amongst the younger generation can be challenging in today’s media landscape. Being the sponsor of this meaningful Festival enables us to enrich and entrench our rich Chinese arts and heritage for people from all walks of life to enjoy and appreciate.”

In addition to the ticketed events, CNTC and Thumbs Up will co-present CNTC’s production ‘Three Little Pigs’ at Rivervale Primary School, Coral Primary School and Poi Ching Primary School on 10 and 11 July, to interact with local students.

Ticketed events

■ ‘Journey to the West’ by China National Theatre for Children 
Date: 9 July (Sunday
Time: 10.30am / 3.00pm
Venue: China Cultural Centre (217 Queen Street)
Ticket sale:

■ Suzhou Industrial Park Harmony Blossom Youth and Children Arts Troupe
Date: 16 July (Sunday)
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: China Cultural Centre (217 Queen Street)
Price:$5 (free seating)
Ticket sale:

■ Singapore Youth Drama Special by Hua Yi Secondary School, Nan Chiau High School and Nanyang Junior College    
Date: 22 July (Saturday
Time: 11.00am / 3.00pm (duration 2 hours)
Venue: China Cultural Centre (217 Queen Street)
Price: $5 (free seating)
Ticket sale:

■ The Wee Question Mark and the Nameless by The Practice Theatre
Dates and Times:
28 July (Friday), 7.00pm
29 July (Saturday), 10.00am / 1.00pm / 4.00pm 
30 July (Sunday), 10.00am / 1.00pm 
Venue: The Practice Theatre (54 Waterloo Street)
Price: $10 (Original price $28) (free seating) 
Ticket sale:

Attached: Chinese release

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
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For more information, please contact:

Joanne Lim

Associate Editor -- zbCOMMA/Thumbs Up/Thumbs Up Junior/Thumbs Up Little Junior 
Chinese Media Group, SPH
DID: 63191673

Vanni Cheong
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1553

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.


The English/Malay/Tamil Media group (EMTM) comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian and their respective student publications. It also includes subsidiaries Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE-Russell Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3, and SPH Golf (including SPH Pacom Ltd).

The Chinese Media group (CMG) publishes three Chinese newspapers in print and digital format - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, and ZBBZ Newsgazine. It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly. 

SPH's other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, Stomp, and SPH Razor. 

On an average day, 2.5 million* individuals or 59 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications in print copies or one of our digital platforms. (* Nielsen Media Index 2016, Monday-Sunday, read any SPH newspapers in print or digital format)

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces about 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like and in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. It has also invested in digital newsstand Magzter.

SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising options where it manages large format screens and static billboards at key locations in the Central Business District, Orchard Road, City Fringe as well as major heartland hubs.

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The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

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