3 Jun 2022 - 5 Jun 2022

Various timings

Getting Here

5 mins walk from Raffles Place MRT Station (Exit H)

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Free and paid programmes available.

Experience the heart of Asian culture with warm welcomes, full tables, and diverse delicacies at the museum! Embark on a journey into Asian homes and hearths, with a plethora of cultural dining practices from the region. Make a traditional dish, have a hands-on meal on a banana leaf, or picnic at the ACM Green – we welcome you to makan with us!

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, June, September, and December. 

Makan Market

Makan Market & Picnic

3–5 June, 4 to 9pm

ACM Hardcourt; Free admission

Pack a picnic basket and spread your mat under the starry skies on the ACM Green. Explore ACM’s very own marketplace to discover a range of locally made knickknacks and Asian snacks. Participate in a cookbook exchange or customise your own take-away container, while snacking at ACM!



An Evening of Drums with Damaru Singapore
3 June, 7.30pm, 8.30pm
4 & 5 June, 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm
ACM Green; Free admission

Across South Asia, the sound of drums is associated with welcome and festivity. Catch this exciting, heart-thumping dhol-tasha performance, featuring traditional Indian percussion by Damaru Singapore.

About Damaru Singapore

Damaru is Singapore’s School of Traditional Indian Drumming comprising enthusiasts and professionals who are passionate and committed to uplifting the craft of traditional Indian drumming. The school focuses on folk, street, and classical drumming traditions from various states in India, presenting them in a contemporary style that is unique to Singapore.

Makan What

Wheel of Makan: Spin-a-Recipe

3–5 June, 4 to 9pm

ACM Lobby; Free admission

Not sure what to cook for your next gettogether? Take a spin and let our recipe wheel decide! Visitors will be able to redeem either a recipe card of local dishes contributed by ACM staff, or a mystery gift (while supplies last).


 Gallery Insights

Gallery Insights: Beyond Prive and Empress – Tour of F&B Objects in the ACM Galleries

3 June, 7pm

ACM Lobby; $10 (Refundable)

Discover a fascinating array of ACM objects related to food and drink on this light-hearted but informative Friday night gallery tour, with Richard Lingner, ACM’s Assistant Director for Interpretation, Editorial and Education. Learn about the food and traditions that inspired these special objects, the care and craft that went into making them, and the occasions they may have been created for.

Register here.


Banana leaf

Banana Leaf Dining: An Introduction to Tamil Food and Etiquette with Joyce Kingsley
4 & 5 June, 6.30pm
River Room, L2; $10

Find out about the intricacies of traditionalTamil-style dining and rules for eating on abanana leaf plate. Learn about the

arrangement of dishes on the leaf, why theyare part of the traditional diet, and in whichorder they are traditionally eaten!A full vegetarian meal will be provided in thisworkshop.

About Joyce Kingsley
Joyce Stella Rani (Joyce Kingsley) is a Singaporean Indian entrepreneur. Building upon her family’s fresh and frozen foods business, Joyce has branched out into other businesses and is passionate about training and developing individuals to succeed as entrepreneurs. She is a certified etiquette proficiency trainer and International Style & Image Coach, and the founder of the Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association’s Women Wing. Through her training consultancy, C3, Joyce conducts classes teaching social etiquette and dining.

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Totally Tempeh: A Hands-on Workshop with Angie’s Tempeh

4 June, 4pm

River Room, L2; $10

Find out everything you wanted to know about tempeh (fermented soybeans) – the health benefits of this vegetarian superfood, and how you can make it using ingredients you probably have at home. Participants will bring back a tempeh making kit and ingredients to make their own tempeh.

About Angie’s Tempeh
What started as a vegetarian’s search for wholesome protein sources ended up igniting a burning passion to make sure the world does not have to do the same. Chancing upon tempeh during her search, Angie relied on YouTube videos to make tempeh at home. Angie was dissatisfied with the quality and texture of the final product and quickly realised that the secret to the recipe was in the fermentation process. Angie travelled to Bogor, Indonesia, to work on-site with the authentic Masters of Tempeh. Equipped with newfound knowledge and experience, Angie returned to Singapore, a place she calls home, to set up a tempeh business and share her passion for food with her customers.

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Secrets of Chinese Rojak: A Hands-onWorkshop with Dignity Kitchen

5 June, 4pm

River Room, L2; $10

Learn about Chinese Rojak – how it was first created and ways of making a mean rojak sauce to pair with fruits or everyone’s favourite, the youtiao (fried dough). Participants will get to make and sample their own rojak creations.

About Project Dignity
Project Dignity, one of Singapore’s early social enterprises, began operations with its first initiative, Dignity Kitchen™. There were only 2 people. 10 years on, they have grown to a 56-strong team of full-time staff, 60% of whom are from marginalised communities.

Register here.

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Thematic Tours: Asian Hospitality and Beyond

4 & 5 June, 4pm

ACM Lobby; $10 (Refundable)

Go on a tour through the galleries with our museum docents to take a closer look at specially highlighted objects from the region and beyond that relate to Asian hospitality and traditions passed down through centuries and generations.

Register here.



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