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Of Dragon kilns and Goli Playing Days!

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Supported by the SG50 Celebration Fund, "Of Dragon kilns and Goli Playing Days!" is a series of events about 'Goli' - a game of marbles popular during the Kampung days, which will be held at Thow Kwang Dragon Kiln.

Mdm Yulianti and Mr Tan Tuan Yong

“Of Dragon kilns and Goli Playing Days!” will feature a series of events revolving around Goli – a game of marbles that was often played during the Kampong days. The events will be held at the Thow Kwang Dragon Kiln located in Jurong West (owned by applicants) and Jurong Eco Garden.

The first event (21 March) involved intergenerational communities creating, decorating and writing their wishes and hopes for Singapore on various sizes of Goli. Free tours around the dragon kiln and talks will be conducted to share on the ceramic industry during Singapore’s development over the years and how the Jurong area used to be a pottery enclave for Teochew and Hokkien immigrants who produced pottery for the rubber plantations. The second event (19–20 June) will involve participants in the wood-firing process of the goli forms made during the first event.

The final event which will take place at Jurong Eco Garden (21 Nov) will have participants gathered to assemble the golis of various sizes into a sculpture. The sculpture’s design is suggestive of the motion of golis when played. 50 participants will then play Goli on the sand pit, recreating the Kampong days. The sculpture will be placed at Jurong Eco Garden permanently, accompanied by an exhibition curated by student volunteers on the history of Goli and how it is played. The activities lined up hope to kindle and foster community spirit as people come together to mould with their hands golis of various sizes that will form the community sculpture in which they will piece together.

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