Esplanade Presents


Poems from the Eternal Summer

Tan Chee Lay (Singapore)

30 Aug – 6 Sep 2022

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(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concourse and Online

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When we recite—or even sing—lyrical poems written on, in and about this equatorial island, one can take in the echoes of wind and waves; the aftertastes of salt and sun. In a most contrasting fashion, Nanyang poetry evokes both soothing echoes and scorching aftertastes. Come and feel the music and magic of poetry from the eternal summer.

Song and music accompaniment by Lim Zheng Bo.
Coordination by Colin Qi.

Mask-wearing is required for all indoor events. No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Language: Performed in Chinese, with English translation
Things to Note:
Accessibility Advisory: We provide a range of access services and relaxed performances for patrons with access needs. For wheelchair-accessible seats, please call Esplanade Customer Experience at 6828 8377 for assistance. Concessions for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and up to one accompanying companion are available. | View our accessibility guide
Artist Information

Tan Chee Lay

Scholar-writer Tan Chee Lay works as an associate professor at the National Institute of Education in the day, and writes Chinese creative writing, calligraphy and paints in the night. A founding member of Poetry Festival Singapore and a judge of the Cultural Medallion and Southeast Asian Writers Award, he was conferred the Young Artist Award, Singapore Youth Award, Golden Point Award, and Singapore Literature Prize.


He enjoys researching into Nanyang literati and artists, and launched Facebook and YouTube pages VeryNanyang, to share and promote Nanyang cultures. A prolific writer of various genres, he has published over 20 books of poetry, children’s picture books, short stories and prose, with the latest being Poems from the Eternal Summer, published by China Times Publishing, Taiwan, in August 2022.


Check out an interactive digital version of Tan Chee Lay's poem 'Chinatown I', part of the little red comma project to reimagine SingLit.

Date & Time


On Demand

30 Aug 2022, Tue


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse


On demand viewing available after the livestream

30 Aug – 6 Sep 2022

Available until 6 Sep, 8.15pm

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