Thursday, April 9, 2009

Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan: Monthly Calligraphy & Painting Exchange Gathering 新加坡潮州八邑会馆的每月书画交流雅集

The Singapore Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan was formally established on 20 March 1929 by a group of prominent Teochews (chaozhou) immigrants from the 8 Chaozhou districts in the province of Guangdong, China.
The Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan which presently engages actively in a wide range of cultural activities such as workshop on Chinese dance, Chinese martial arts, Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy competitions and Chinese essay-writing competition. In 1983, it formed a cultural and education section and setup an education and cultural centre in the Teochew Building. In 1985 the cultural and education section was enlarged to become the Cultural and Educational Committee to be responsible for promoting educational, cultural and recreational activities.
One of the activities organised by the Committee is the Monthly Calligraphy & Painting Exchange Gathering. The first such gathering was organised in Oct 2003 and since then, it is held at 3.00 pm on the last Sunday of every month in the association’s Teochew Building at Tank Road, Singapore.
Every month, a famous calligrapher or painter will be invited to give talk on specific topic followed by exchange of ideas between the speaker and participants. After the talk, the speakers and participants are invited to write calligraphy or paint on the spot so that all those who are present can learn from each other.
To date, 63 gatherings and talks have been organised. The fairly good response and attendance so far show that the effort put in by the Committee is well appreciated. It is hope that the activity will continue to be held for a long time to come.
新加坡潮州八邑会馆目前积极地推动多项文化活动,如中国舞蹈、武术、绘画、中国书法比赛、华文作文比赛,等等。1983 年,它在潮州大厦成立了文教组和文教中心。1985年文教组扩展为文教委员会,负责教育、文化与娱乐活动。

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