6 secrets of Singapore to uncover at Singapore Heritage Festival 2017

6 secrets of Singapore to uncover at Singapore Heritage Festival 2017

Weekender Singapore·2017-05-03 18:04

Singapore’s history might be short, but it’s brimming full of hidden secrets

Photos: National Heritage Board & Singapore Heritage Festival

From 28 Apr-14 May, the Singapore Heritage Festival will allow visitors to explore Singapore’s lesser-known stories through a specially curated line-up of programs and activities.

In case you were wondering about the price tag, almost all of the programs are free and open to public. And if you don’t have time to fully explore the entire programme (because there are more than 110 activities lined up), we picked out six highlights that are not to be missed:

1. Memories Of The Hill

Ever wondered what it was like being in a DJ recording studio? Well now is your chance!

Visit the film studios at the iconic Caldecott Broadcast Studio just before they move to Mediapolis at one-north. Try your hand at making a song dedication to your loved one, or experience what it is like being in a studio during recording.

Don’t forget to stop by the  50 Years of Television: An Exhibition on your way out to revisit various milestones in the history of television broadcasting.

A little bit out of the way for you? There are also free shuttle buses from nearby MRT stations like Bishan and from the Macritchie Reservoir Carpark.

Check out the visiting and bus schedules here.

2. The Fullerton Love Story

The hallowed hallways of The Fullerton Hotel have seen many historical people come and go. Once home to the General Post Office, the Ministry of Finance and the iconic Fullerton Lighthouse, the hotel is now officially gazetted as Singapore’s 71st Naitional Momument.

This interactive drama tour will bring you around through the revolving doors and into the past where you will find yourself in the midst of a most improbable love story between humble postman Simon Wee and Tracy De Souza, an upper-class civil servant.

End your tour with some sweet treats at The Courtyard, with some live jazz to calm your frazzled nerves.

More information here.

3. Bishan’s old Cantonese Cemetery

Bishan used to be known as Kampong San Teng, a village just like almost every other part of Singapore. But did you know that a huge part of the housing estate used to be home to a Cantonese cemetery?

Lee Kok Leong, who curated the the Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital Heritage Gallery, will be leading the journey back to Bishan’s transformation over the years, and visit how the tombstones reveal more details about the culture, traditions and professions of the communities that used to exist.

Register for your free spot here.

4. Murals that bring your inner child out

The National Museum of Singapore will present Moving Memories, a collection of artworks by Yip Yew Chong. His art takes the form in life-sized murals that have captured the imagination of many.

Savour these moments in our tangible and intangible heritage, such as barbers in back lanes, traditional kopi-making and road-side communal satay-eating, as they come alive through animation, soundscape and projection in Gallery10, the museum’s new digital experimental space.

Snap a couple more for the ‘gram when you’re at it –  your friends will think you’re in Penang!

Gallery10, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road.

5. Defining moments in history

Defining Stories is an exhibition of photographs that marks significant periods of time in our nation’s history.

Taken from the archives of The Straits Times and the National Museum of Singapore, these photographs are a visual trail of our home and identity that resulted in who Singapore is today.

Defining Stories will be exhibited at Bedok Point from 28 Apr-4 May. Free admission for all.

6. Little India of the 1900s

Not many people really take the time to appreciate the beauty of Little India, where ethnic Indian immigrants resided back when Singapore was still under colonial rule.

The Indian Heritage Center will be showcasing films and early images of Little India to allow visitors a glimpse into the past. See if you can spot the various sites of Little India in the 1900s, which is actually not where it is today.

Adorning Campbell Lane would be an art installation inspired by the vibrant and colourful saree shops that line the streets of Little India.

Held from 6-7 and 13-14 May at the Indian Heritage Center, 5 Campbell Lane. Free admission for all.

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