See traditional art forms come together in this insightful showcase

All about nurturing and promoting local Chinese arts and culture, the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) is once again breathing life into traditional Chinese art forms.

‘Cause from now till Apr 4, the not-for-profit organisation located along Straits Boulevard is exhibiting Poetic Strokes: Singapore’s Classical Chinese Poetry in Calligraphy, a showcase which reimagines classic Chinese poetry through the artistry of calligraphy.

Presented by SCCC along with the National University of Singapore, Poetic Strokes invites audiences to discover new takes on 22 poems which discuss Singapore—from familiar local icons like the Merlion to expressions of evolving sentiments and identities regarding the local Chinese.


Comprising works by 10 local calligraphers including Choo Thiam Siew and Yong Cheong Thye, the poems are pieces composed by renowned poets such as Khoo Seok Wan, Huang Zunxian and Pan Shou.

If you’re interested in the showcase but unfamiliar with the Mandarin language, fret not. The SCCC has accounted for such issues by offering English translations of the poems too.

Now you can pop by the cultural centre to admire calligraphy while learning more about traditional Chinese poetry.

Poetic Strokes: Singapore’s Classical Chinese Poetry in Calligraphy runs from now till Apr 4 at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. More information available here.