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TALK: A New History of the Kristang Language in Singapore

  • The Arts House 1 Old Parliament Lane Singapore, 179429 Singapore (map)

In this fascinating new talk by Kevin Martens Wong, leader of the Kodrah Kristang grassroots movement attempting to preserve Kristang in Singapore, we delve into a previously unknown but delightful part of Singapore history when carnival was celebrated with parades and roaming minstrels, and where Romeo and JulietThe Merchant of Venice and many other Shakespearean plays were performed to roaring crowds not in English, but in Kristang. Who would have thought that Singapore could have hosted such a vibrant Kristang entertainment scene, especially in light of the language's current, precarious situation?

Drawing from his archival research in the National Library’s NewspaperSG digitised collection and personal accounts of Kristang speakers from the Oral History Centre collection at the National Archives of Singapore, as well as his own family history, Kevin will walk you through Kristang's early beginnings in Portuguese and Dutch Melaka, and then through its hitherto hidden history in our island state, and welcomes you to find out more about a Singapore that challenges your preconceived notions about daily life in our corner of the world.

Beng prendeh di Kristang sa istoria kung nus!

VENUE: The Arts House (Blue Room)
ADDRESS: 1 Old Parliament Ln, Singapore 179429
EVENT WEBSITE: The Arts House, Peatix (for registration)

11 Aug 2018, 3pm–4pm