New centre to foster Chinese culture

New centre to foster Chinese culture
An artist's impression of the cultural centre in Shenton Way, which has an abstract design showing silhouette dancers holding hands around the 10-storey building.

SINGAPORE - Home for the proposed Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre will be a new 10-storey building in Shenton Way, the heart of Singapore's Central Business District (CBD).

It will hold local Chinese cultural performances, art shows, talks and networking sessions between Chinese Singaporeans and new immigrants, particularly those from China.

Expected to be ready by the end of 2015, the rectangular building behind the Singapore Conference Hall will have an abstract design, with dancers-in-silhouette holding hands around it.

Mr Chua Thian Poh, president of the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA), said during the federation's annual general meeting last Saturday that it would be a place which the Chinese community could call its own.

He revealed that the building plan for the 5,074 sq m site, designed by DP Architects, has been finalised and he hoped construction can start by the middle of next year or earlier. Construction would cost more than $70 million.

SFCCA announced plans for the centre in January last year and it is getting strong support from the Government in both construction costs and operation expenses for at least the first three years.

Giving reasons for the support, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said during last year's National Day Rally that Chinese culture is an important pillar of Singapore culture.

"It's an emotional anchor and moral compass for many Singaporeans. We should preserve our cultural roots lest we lose ourselves in this ever-changing world," he explained.

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