The Indian Heritage Centre’s annual CultureFest returns for 2018, inspired by the Chetti Melaka community. Learn about and experience the unique Chetti Melaka culture, expressed through history, fashion, cuisine, arts and festive celebrations, at our exciting workshops, live performances and demonstrations.
Chetti Creole Class | 15 September 2018
The Chetti Creole class features members of the Chetti community sharing about the language they speak, a mixture of Malay and Tamil, with Chinese dialects. Participants will be introduced to sample phrases and will also get to experience a live conversation between members of the Chetti Community.
Hantu Tetek Workshop | 16 September 2018
During the Mariamman Festival celebrated by the Chetti Melaka community, the Hantu Tetek (demons with pendulous breasts) usually dance ahead and clear the crowd to pave the way for the chariot procession. Participants of this workshop will create their very own Hantu Tetek puppet.
Cooking Demonstration | 16 September 2018
In this cooking demonstration, members of the Chetti Melaka community will introduce participants to a variety of dishes unique to the community. The session begins with an introduction to the ingredients and cooking style typically used in Chetti Melaka cuisine, followed by a demonstration and food tasting for participants.
Curator’s Tour: Chetti Melaka of the Straits Exhibition | 15 September 2018
Participants will be able to explore the new special exhibition through the eyes of its curators at this exclusive Curator’s Tour.
Panel Discussions | 15 September 2018
These panel discussions ponder two important questions of Chetti Melaka history and heritage in Singapore and the region – Who are the Chetti Melaka? Are there Chetti Melaka in Singapore? Join community participants in their quest to trace their history, and dissect family trees of Singapore’s Chetti Melaka community.
Joget Workshop | 15 September 2018
Participants of this workshop will learn how to dance the Joget alongside members of the Chetti Melaka community.
Tarian Payung: Umbrella Dance Performance | 15 September 2018
Witness an interactive showcase of a traditional Chetti Melaka Umbrella Dance along the bustling backdrop of Campbell Lane.
Little India Heritage Trail | 15 September 2018
Gain a deeper perspective into the historical and cultural precinct of Little India through our Little India Heritage Trail, on this guided tour led by our experienced docents.