3 Sep 2021 - 5 Sep 2021

Various timings

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Online programmes available.


Explore Asia’s rich literary and bookmaking traditions through a series of workshops and activities on the art of book crafting and writing. Be inspired by beautiful texts and scripts from ACM’s collection, and from stories found beyond pen and paper.

About Crossing Cultures at ACM

Taking inspiration from objects in the galleries, Crossing Cultures explores ACM's collection through performing arts, craftsmanship, food traditions, wellness practices, and other aspects of intangible cultural heritage – past and present. Dive deep into Asia’s rich heritage with these special weekend programmes. Learn, explore, and create with us at ACM.

Crossing Cultures at ACM takes place on the first weekend of March, July, September, and December. Stay tuned for more details about our upcoming sessions.


Curator Insights: Pustaha – Bark Manuscripts of the Batak Communities
with Faisal Husni, Assistant Curator, Island Southeast Asia
3 September, 12.30pm
Livestreamed on ACM's Facebook Page

Join Faisal Husni, Assistant Curator for Island Southeast Asia, to explore the tradition of pustaha manuscripts of the Batak communities. Faisal will highlight the craft of making these bark manuscripts and the local knowledge and wisdom preserved within them.

Watch the talk live on 3 September, 12.30pm here.




with Malik bin Mazlan (Calligraphy), Hsiao Shan Loh (Cello), Koh Cheng Jin (Yangqin), Derrick Tay (Dizi), Madhavan Kalaichelvan (Veena), Syafiqah 'Adha Binte Mohamed Salleh (Accordion)
4 September, 12pm
Facebook Video Premiere

Music and writing unite in this multi-disciplinary performance. Watch Chinese calligraphy specialist Malik Mazlan in action as he and a group of musicians respond to the word “Xué” in this multi-faceted video.>

Watch it here on 4 September, 12pm.

About the piece: “Xué”This piece reflects the act of learning. Learning new things can sometimes be daunting. Just like facing a blank canvas, there is a tension that comes with going out of one’s comfort zone. But when we try, slowly but surely, the knowledge gained is a treasure acquired forever. With learning comes the blossoming of the heart, soul and mind – all of which leads to many other beautiful creations.



Arabesque 101: Decorative Art Workshop
with Fathiah Abdussamad
3 September, 7pm to 8.30pm
Online Workshop, $10 refundable deposit

Learn the basics of Arabesque design, a decorative style of art inspired by nature, with motifs of flowers, leaves, and branches. Arabesques are often found in illuminated manuscripts. Participants will learn briefly about the history of these designs, and how to design both vegetal and structured drawing patterns. FULLY SUBSCRIBED.




Japanese Bookbinding 101: Workshop for Adults
with Based Book Arts
4 September, 11am to 1pm
Online Workshop, $10 refundable deposit

Learn Japanese stab binding with this guided workshop by Based Book Arts. Participants will receive a set of materials and be guided through two variations, the 4-Hole stitch and Hemp Leaf stitch. Participants will complete two notebooks by the end of the session. FULLY SUBSCRIBED.



updated epigram for web

“How to Author a Book” Panel Discussion
with Epigram Books
4 September, 2pm to 3.30pm
Online Discussion, Registration required

Calling all budding writers! Join us for an exciting panel discussion with Epigram Books Fiction Prize joint-winners Meihan Boey and Sebastian Sim, along with Epigram’s Fiction Editor Jason Erik Lundberg, on the topic of “How to Author a Book”.
Hear about the highs and lows of their personal experiences, and other insights on how to embark on the journey to becoming a published author. Sign up here.

Crossing Cultures x Epigram Discount Codes:
ACM20 – 20% off books published by Epigram Books
M10 - 10% off Meihan Boey’s The Messiah Virus
Discount codes are only applicable to purchases at https://epigrambookshop.sg from 1 to 30 September 2021.



Artful Expressions: Letter Writing Workshop
with Singapore Association for Mental Health
5 September, 11am to 12.30pm
Online Session, $10 refundable deposit

In this guided art-experiential workshop, create a decorated envelope for someone you admire and are thankful for. Then, express your gratitude in a heartfelt letter to that person. This workshop encourages the use of art as a way to re-focus our thoughts and facilitates self-reflection to enhance good mental well-being. FULLY SUBSCRIBED.






Make a Mini Manuscript! Family Workshop
with STPI
5 September, 2pm to 3.30pm
Online Session, $10 refundable deposit

Create a hand-bound, perfectly functional, miniature book! In this guided activity, you will create a miniature book that you can fill with your own magical stories. FULLY SUBSCRIBED.



Collaborative Playlist: Lyrical Favourites
ACM's Spotify

Create with us a collaborative playlist featuring songs with lyrics that move you, remind you of a favourite book, or an inspiring story. Share your favourite tunes, and discover new ones too! Listen and add your favourite tunes here.



Crossing Words Puzzle
3–5 September

Explore ACM’s collection of literary treasures and tools on Roots.sg for clues to complete this crossword puzzle. Download here.