Kaleidoscope of Cultures at KidzFEST
As the group of 20 children decked out in brightly-coloured pint-sized saris and glistening costume jewellery bounded into the room, they certainly had the attention of every child at the Children Service Centre.
“I had never seen anything like that before!” exclaimed nine-year-old Hayati, one of the participants of KidzFEST, a mini-festival that brings Singapore Children’s Society’s beneficiaries up close with the diverse cultures of Singapore.
On 17 March, the Centre collaborated with some 30 volunteers from the Singapore Bangladesh Society for KidzFEST’s first run, a complete experience of all things Bangladeshi, from song and dance to fashion and food.
Around 30 children between 9 and 12 years old got an introduction to Bangladeshi culture, and then took in a series of performances, including dances and a fashion show of traditional Bangladeshi costumes, which some of the children even got to later try on.
They also had a chance to play traditional Bangladeshi games, and tucked into traditional snacks such as samosas, rice pudding and spring rolls.
For the Centre’s children, including 10-year-old Sophiana, it was a brand new experience. “I got to try on costumes and food that I never had before. It was fun and I enjoyed myself.”
KidzFEST will have a few more runs this year in collaboration with other Asian community groups, including Japan.