Thursday, 23 April 2009

This Weekend - Peranakan Museum Turns One…Little Nonya Rocks!

Singaporeans just can’t seem to get enough of all things Peranakan. The highly popular Little Nonya drama serial, which ended its run in January, catapulted homegrown actress Jeanette Aw to fame in her role as the long-suffering Nonya lass Yueniang, winning a generation of new fans for Peranakan food, culture and attire as the blockbuster set in the 1930s unfolded over a span of 70 years.

While I am glad I don’t live in an age and culture which dictates that women should stay at home and develop important, marriage-enhancing skill sets such as cooking, sewing and embroidery, I am happy to enjoy the results of such grinding labour: lip-smackingly delicious Peranakan dishes, gorgeous kebaya tops and intricately beaded shoes to die for.

This year, the Peranakan Museum turns ONE, and what better way to celebrate than to party like a Peranakan! Come, all you Nonyas, Babas and wanna-bes, put on your finery and enjoy a host of festivities this weekend – including a food and craft bazaar, colourful stage performances, food demonstrations and all things Peranakan. (Watch out for more details closer to the date.)

Enter the world of the Peranakans: The Peranakan Museum showcases the world's finest and most comprehensive collection of Peranakan artefacts, displayed in 10 galleries. Step into them and immerse yourself in this unique Southeast Asian culture, the result of years of intermarriage between travellers from distant lands who journeyed to Southeast Asia, married local women and put down roots.

The boutique museum explores the culture of Peranakan communities in the former Straits Settlements of Singapore, Malacca and Penang and their links with other communities in Southeast Asia. Three floors of permanent galleries illustrate important rituals, practices and the material culture of the Peranakans, as well as how this unique fusion culture is viewed today; two temporary exhibition galleries host special exhibitions throughout the year.

Peranakan Museum Turns One!
25-26 April (Saturday and Sunday)
Peranakan Museum
39 Armenian Street
Opening hours:
Mon: 1pm-7pm; Tue-Sun: 9.30am-7pm (to 9pm on Fri)
Tel: (65) 6332 7591


Lisa said...

love the illustration! :)

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