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Wan Qing CultureFest 2018: 想当年 – When We Were Young

Wan Qing CultureFest 2018: 想当年 – When We Were Young

Wan Qing CultureFest is back and better than ever!


Take a walk down memory lane and join us for two bustling weekends of your favourite throwback activities that are sure to get you misty eyed with nostalgia. This year’s festival will reminisce the best of yesteryears, from country flag eraser battles and iconic local films, to street opera and Chinese martial arts.

Expect a myriad of activities including heritage trails, guided tours, craft workshops, cultural showcases, live performances and more. Join us at Wan Qing CultureFest for a cultural extravaganza not to be missed!

Event Details 
Date:  3 – 11 Nov 2018
Time: 10am – 10pm (3, 4, 10, 11 Nov)
Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Rd, Singapore 327874
Free admission for all. Programmes are free unless otherwise stated.

Event Highlights 

Cinema Alfresco

Bring along your picnic mats and catch an outdoor screening of iconic local films such as I Not Stupid, Homerun, Army Daze, and A Long, Long Time Ago!

Date:3 Nov 2018 – I Not Stupid 《小孩不笨》
Time:  2pm – 4pm


  • 4 Nov 2018 – Homerun 《跑吧孩子》
  • 10 Nov 2018 – Army Daze (1996)
  • 11 Nov 2018 – A Long, Long Time Ago《我们的故事》

Time:  5pm – 7pm

Lepak Corner  

Check out a nostalgic mix of offerings at the Lepak Corner – from tasty bites and ice cream, old-school arcade games like Bishi-Bashi and Street Fighter, country flag erasers and Old Maid (all free!), and even a pop-up Mama Shop!
Date: 3, 4, 10, 11 Nov 2018
Time: 12pm – 8pm

Book Swop 

Is your bookshelf looking a little overstocked? If you’re thinking of letting go of some of your precious reads, simply drop by our Book Swop corner and exchange your pre-loved books with other book lovers. Remember, all books are beautiful and deserve a second life!

Date: 5 - 9 Nov 2018
Time:  10am – 5pm

Date:  3, 4, 10, 11 Nov 2018
Time: 12pm – 8pm

Concert Under the Stars  

Experience wonder and delight in this dynamic showcase of cultural and contemporary arts! Grab a hammock and enjoy a range of performances including live music, Capoeira Art Canarana, beatboxing by Charles “Stitch” Wong, stand-up comedy by Rishi Budhrani, Jinx Yeo, Marcus Chin and more.

Date:3, 4, 10, 11 Nov 2018
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

DIY Craft Jamming 

Unleash your inner Picasso at our heritage-themed craft booths! Grab a paintbrush and get creative at our art jamming session, or print your very own canvas tote bag. 90s kids can also get a serious dose of nostalgia with our retro sticker tattoos and friendship bracelets.


Be a Little Artist + Friendship Bracelet Weaving
Date: 3 Nov 2018
Time: 11am / 3pm

Incense Making + Friendship Bracelet Weaving + DIY Coaster Making
Date: 4 Nov 2018
Time:  1pm / 2pm / 3pm

Tote Bag Printing + Sticker Tattoo + DIY Coaster Making
Date: 10 Nov 2018
Time:  1pm / 2pm / 3pm

Art Jamming + Sticker Tattoo + DIY Coaster Making
Date: 11 Nov 2018
Time: 1pm / 2pm / 3pm

Pop-Up Cultural Showcase

Delve into the colourful world of Chinese opera, catch live wushu and crosstalk performances, learn basic calligraphy and Chinese dance techniques, try your hand at packing tea leaves, and more in this interactive pop-up cultural showcase!

Traditional Chinese Medicine & You + Wushu 101 + Introduction to Nanyang Tea
Date:  3 Nov 2018
Time: 1pm / 2pm / 3pm

Shall We Dance? + Art of Tea Appreciation + Discovering Teochew Opera
Date: 4 Nov 2018
Time: 1pm / 2pm / 3pm

A (Calligraphy) Brush with Culture + Crosstalk & Comedy + Introduction to Nanyang Tea
Date: 10 Nov 2018
Time: 1pm / 2pm / 3pm

Shall We Dance? + Crosstalk & Comedy + Sights & Sounds of Cantonese Opera
Date: 11 Nov 2018
Time: 1pm / 2pm / 3pm

Museum Tours & Talks 

Take a free tour of the Memorial Hall’s permanent galleries and learn more about Dr Sun Yat Sen and Singapore’s role in the 1911 Revolution, or embark on our popular Balestier Heritage & Food Trail to uncover the history of the precinct while exploring heritage sites and local delights along the way!

Balestier Heritage & Food Trail
Date:  3, 4, 10, 11 Nov 2018
Time:  10.30am – 12pm

Guided Tours (Permanent Galleries)
Date:  3, 4, 10, 11 Nov 2018
Time: 2.30pm (Chinese) & 3pm (English)

Guided Tours (Special Exhibition)
Date:  4, 10, 11 Nov 2018
Time: 11.30am (Chinese) & 1.30pm (English)

Special Exhibition Talk: Cartoons and the Chinese Revolution (Chinese)
Date: 3 Nov 2018
Time:  3pm

Special Exhibition Talk: Searching for Dai Yinglang (English)
4 Nov 2018
Time: 10.30am

Special Exhibition Talk: Huang Yao’s Niubizi Cartoons in the Republican Era (Chinese)
Date:  10 Nov 2018
Time:  10.30am

Special Exhibition Talk: Huang Yao, Niubizi and Malaya (Chinese)
Date: 11 Nov 2018
Time:  10.30am


Image Credit: Wan Qing Yuan - Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall 晚晴园-孙中山南洋纪念馆





Telephone number

+65 6256 7377



12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874

How to get there?

By Bus

Bus service nos. 21, 130, 131, 139, 139M, 145, 186 (to alight at Zhongshan Mall) 
Bus service nos. 139, 139M: Opp EASB (to alight at East Asia Institute of Management) 

By Train

Toa Payoh Station (NS19) 
Take bus service nos. 139, 145 from Toa Payoh Bus Interchange (to alight at Zhongshan Park) 

Novena Station (NS20)
Take bus service nos. 21, 131 from Novena Church (to alight at Zhongshan Park)

Alternatively, the Memorial Hall is a 20 minute walk from Toa Payoh Station (NS19) or Novena Station (NS20) 


By Car

Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), from Changi Aiport towards Tuas
Take Exit 17 (Balestier Road/Thomson Road/Upper Thomson Road) onto Jalan Datoh. Turn left at Balestier Road, then turn left at Ah Hood Road. 

Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), from Tuas towards Changi Airport
Take Exit 17D (Thomson Road/Toa Payoh) onto Jalan Toa Payoh. Turn right to stay on Thomson Road. Turn left to Balestier Road, then turn left at Ah Hood Road.


The Memorial Hall does not offer parking spaces. Visitors may park at Zhongshan Mall, HomeTeamNS-JOM Clubhouse, or Ah Hood Gardens housing estate.