Thursday, February 4, 2010
The National Calligraphy Huichun Competition 全国挥春大赛
From 1985, due the financial difficulty of the organisers, the Chinese Calligraphy Society of Singapore (CCSS) took over the organisation and administration of the competition. The 3rd competition was stilled held at Toa Payoh Gardens in 1985, and it attracted more than 200 participants that year.
In 1992, the venue of the competition was moved to the former Headquarters of the People’s Association (PA) in Kallang. In order to encourage more people to participate, two more categories of participants were added: Senior Citizen and Juniors.
The number of participants increased steadily over the years. Ho Kah Leong, then Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Communications and Information) said in 1987 when 328 participated in the competition, that he hoped that in years to come, this competition would attract not hundreds but thousands of calligraphy enthusiasts. His wish was fulfilled in 2006 when more than thousand people took part in the competition.
In 2009, due to the renovation works at the former Headquarters of PA, the venue of the competition was again moved to Waterloo Street, the ‘Cultural Street’ of Singapore. Despite of this, it attracted 1272 participants with ages ranging from 4 to 91 years old. This was the largest number of participants in the history of the competition.
We hope this year it can attract even more people to come forward and participate in the competition. This will help promote the development of Chinese calligraphy in Singapore.