A Rattling Good Time

SAFRA ushered in the Year of the Rat with family-friendly celebrations at five clubs.

By Edmund Wee      9 March 2020

Festivities were in high swing at SAFRA Punggol, mesmerising over 4,300 attendees with its striking displays and a celebratory “lion leaping on high poles” dance performance.

Notably this year, the club partnered the National Arts Council in three Arts@SAFRA programmes for guests: guests got to let loose their creativity with the Paper Cup Mouse by Lulo Studio, creating their own pocket-size paper pet rat; with Hand Drum and Firecracker Wishes by Didier Ng, producing their own hand drum with everyday trash; and with Festive Installation, a communal art piece made from recyclable materials featuring the rat symbol.

There were plenty of hands-on activities at the Lunar New Year celebrations at SAFRA Tampines, including try-outs with the festive drums.

The programmes organised in collaboration with the Singapore Art Week and Brave New Worlds focused on kids-friendly art and culture activities. The free parent-child art workshops that featured local architecture and public artwork, and the drop-in art activities that showcased Chinatown in the old days through the artworks of local artists had both bonding and nostalgic effects on the participants.

No Lunar New Year celebration is complete without festive foods. Ten parent-child pairs had a hands-on baking experience creating their own pineapple tarts at the Culinary Experience Studio. A reunion buffet was also held for 10 Members and their families in a special collaboration between SAFRA Punggol and Huo Guo Kung Fu restaurant. In addition, 250 Members were able to redeem a $10 Pizza Hut voucher each as part of a Member exclusive redemption initiative.

A celebratory performance of a lion leaping on high poles and Arts@SAFRA at SAFRA Punggol.

At SAFRA Mount Faber’s “Springtime Celebrations” held on 11 Jan, Members and their guests were treated to an exciting line-up of family-friendly activities. There was a lion and dragon dance performance, and a two-hour zodiac “prediction” talk by Master Lynn Yap, which saw a booked-out attendance, complemented by a free high-tea buffet offering.


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