After years pouring through archival data and interviewing diverse community stakeholders, authors Lynn Wong and Lee Kok Leong present the first comprehensive book about the long-forgotten Qixi Festival which has disappeared in Singapore for over half a century.
Reimagining and reviving the Qixi Festival which has disappeared for half a century
Through fieldwork and first-hand interviews with diverse stakeholders, we uncover the different forms of intangible cultural heritage related to the Qixi Festival (e.g., social practices, rituals, traditional craftsmanship, food heritage, performing arts)
... and collaborate with schools, institutions, and partners to give this traditional festival a new lease of life.
In conjunction with the soft launch of the Reviving Qixi book on 30 July 2022, a Qixi-themed banquet in commemoration of the Majies was held, featuring traditional Shuntuk cuisine prepared by the Heavenly King at Red Star Restaurant.
Attended by over 100 participants from all walks of life (and over 100 on waitlist), this was a significant milestone event as it has been more than half a century since a mass Qixi Festival celebration was held in Ngau Ce Seoi - one of the important hotspots of the festival in Singapore.
Authored by Lynn Wong and Lee Kok Leong, this bilingual publication is the first to extensively document the Qixi Festival in Singapore: its trajectory and how it relates to our cultural identity.
This publication is supported by the National Heritage Board.
Look forward to a series of workshops leading up to the grand finale on Qixi Festival when your works will be displayed in interesting spaces for the community to enjoy.
Many more exciting programmes to be announced.
Why did a festival as grand as Chinese New Year disappear? And how are the custodians upholding this intangible cultural heritage?
Follow millennial and director Lynn Wong on her journey to rediscover and revive this festival with different stakeholders.
Relive experiences and retrace the footsteps of this magical festival in Singapore.
From Majies, to heritage makers, and even priests from the Street of the Dead, hear their stories on how this festival holds a special place in their hearts.