HISTORY EXPLORERS

Published on 19 April 2017

Besides a packed programme of trails, tours, talks, open houses and performances, you’ll also get to poke around four iconic spots in Singapore to uncover facets of their rich history at this year’s Singapore Heritage Festival (SHF) from 28 April to 14 May 2017.

By Melanie Lee

Behind the scenes at Caldecott Broadcast Centre

Dates: 28 April – 1 May, 5-7 May 2017

Explore the hilly space where local productions were conceived and get a glimpse into the world of broadcasting. There’s unique theatre show Studio 6 which revisits our nation’s best loved shows, and do also check out the TV50 exhibition to find out the collective effort required to create productions. Don’t forget the Walking Caldecott trail that takes you through closed-off areas at this former television and radio hub.

A Colourful Extravaganza at Little India

Uncover facets of their rich history at this year’s Singapore Heritage Festival

6-7 May & 13-14 May

The Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) turns two and will be showcasing multi-cultural stories of Little India in conjunction with SHF in this precinct. In particular, Campbell Lane will be transformed into a vibrant arts space. The outdoor art installation Sea of Sarees is a creative tapestry of stylized sarees inspired by Little India’s textile shops, while Art Street @ Campbell will weave in street art inspired by floral designs and Indian textile motifs. Don’t miss The Ramayana Extravaganza, a multi-cultural performance involving Wayang Kulit (Southeast Asian shadow puppet theatre) , Theerkoothu (Indian  masked street dance), Gamelan (Indonesian musical ensemble) and Indian music.

Revel in the Bukit Pasoh Bustle

Date: 10 May 2017

The whole street will be closed to traffic for the Bukit Pasoh Street Party where you get to experience a galore of lion dances, martial arts showcases, music performances and a traditional puppetry show put up by various clans and associations from Chinatown. There will also be guided tours, craft activities and workshops.

Celebrating food heritage along the Singapore River

Dates: 12 – 13 May 2017

Food is an important aspect of Singapore’s heritage, and this can be seen by how the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) has fully embraced this theme at SHF. The Empress Place Food Centre has been recreated at its original site with the New Empress Place Food Centre. Here, you can relive the nostalgia of digging into your favourite hawker food while enjoying a scenic river view. Inside, ACM is also holding a Museum of Eating exhibition which examines the act of eating in a local context and reflects upon this uniquely personal and cultural ritual.

Photos: National Heritage Board

Click here for the full details of Singapore Heritage Festival 2017.

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