Traditional Arts Centre

Traditional Arts Centre (Singapore) Ltd is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2020 – 31 Mar 2023.


The Traditional Arts Centre (TAC) was established in 2012, under the directive of the Vice Chairman of Chinese Opera Education Alliance in China. The Centre is the only overseas alliance traditional arts training center and the only institution founded overseas. In 2014, TAC received the Seed Grant from the Singapore National Arts Council (NAC). In our continuous effort to further improve our organisational capabilities, in 2016 we successfully made the transition into a professional arts group. And in 2017, TAC was promoted from a recipient of NAC’s Seed Grant to a Major Company Scheme. This was a great honour bestows upon us by the NAC in recognition of our work done in the field of traditional arts and had given us new impetus to drive our mission even further. TAC was established by Ms Cai Bi Xia, a recipient of the NAC 2008 Youth Award, as a non-profit arts educational organization devoted to promote, train and improve the standards of Chinese Opera in Singapore. We actively participate in cultural exchange overseas, as a means to an end in creating a unique Singapore artistic identity.

The TAC has tasked itself with the role of promoting and developing Chinese opera in Singapore; training new opera practitioners, especially in the development of young talents. Our team of passionate and committed instructors has to date taught in more than a hundred primary and secondary schools all over Singapore. Our school programmes include conducting classes, staging performances, engaged in the transmission of Chinese opera knowledge, and conducting numerous multi-faceted talks and workshops on Chinese opera. These creative and value added programmes had been well received by local educational establishment. Besides continuing to transmit Chinese core cultural values and preserving the unique art of Chinese opera, the center had created new operatic works with local flavours, as well as injecting new elements in order to attract new audience. We hope with these innovative efforts we can reach out to a wider audience and attract them to the wonderful world of Chinese opera.

The TAC is committed to constantly develop new platforms for young Chinese opera talents, develop new audience, and actively work with world renowned institutes to establish high quality programmes in Chinese opera training and research. We strive to stage quality programmes like the “Singapore Youth Chinese Opera Showcase”, and other large scale Chinese opera activities. We will continue to organize International Academic Conferences on Chinese Opera thereby synergizing the strengths of academics from Singapore and abroad. This will increase international cooperation in the cultural arenas, as well as opening up new frontiers for Chinese opera.

Cai Bi Xia
Cai Bi Xia – Artistic Director

2008 Winner of Cultural Medallion, Director of Traditional Arts Centre (Singapore). Cai Bi Xia received professional training in Fujian Nanjing Arts School under Beijing opera Master Liu Zao Yu at her young age. With the set of excellent results, she was admitted into Shantou Opera Institute thereby starting her arduous journey as a professional artiste, training in vocal, martial arts and all forms of performing skills. Since 1997, Cai Bi Xia has been actively involved in directing and coaching students in many schools of Singapore. She has a strong mission to promote traditional culture by perpetuating roles in the classical masterpieces and involving in active research. She has published two books about Chinese opera on 2003 and 2008 respectively. Cai Bi Xia also represents Singapore to speak at several overseas conferences as well as taken Chinese Opera to 16 countries in all continents, performing at International art festivals around the world. Currently, she has been attending directing course by the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts of Beijing for her further enrichment studies.

Li Chuanxue – Senior Arts Instructor

Graduated from the National Academy of Theatre Arts in Chinese Opera performing. Miss Li has been an Arts instructor of the Hainan Culture School since 2013. In 2020, she joined Traditional Arts Centre (Singapore) to coach students for the traditional art form at our local schools. Miss Li is well versed in Wu Dan (Female warrior role), and her outstanding operatic work includes Hu Jia Village 《扈家庄》, Robs Immortal Grass 《白蛇传. 盗仙草》, Liu`s Rescue  《女杀四门》. Li has taken Chinese Opera in United State of America, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, Switzerland and Hong Kong, performing at all the major art festivals around the globe.

Tan Kok Lye
Tan Kok Lye – Assistant Arts Instructor
He received tutelage under Lin Yun Yu and Zhu Shao Chen from Shantou Opera School of Guandong Province, China. Mr Tan is being engaged by TAC as the assistant instructor in year 2013. He is specialized in the Lao Sheng role, he demonstrated outstanding performance in Teochew Opera show like Guan Gong and Diao Chan, Butterfly Dream, The lawsuit against husband and Fire at Pavilion. Mr Tan has also taken part in many International Arts festivals, cultural Exchanges and performances around the world. In 2006, he recorded the Singapore Chinese Local Opera Album – Teochew Opera Edition, which was very well received.

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