Into its ninth year and gotten bigger with support from 19 corporate partners, 21 community partners and more than 250 volunteers, the Singapore HeritageFest 2012 is set to reach out to Singaporeans to “Recollect, Reflect and Reconnect”.
We woke up early on a Saturday morning to rush down to Velocity@Novena Square to support Irene Ang, who is the emcee for the opening of the HeritageFest. Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts was present to grace the event as the guest of honour.
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim mentioned in his speech, “I am heartened that Singaporeans are not only demonstrating a stronger interest in our heritage, but also taking a more active role in keeping our heritage alive. This edition of the Singapore HeritageFest (SHF) has seen more individuals and community groups coming forward to participate in and shape the Festival.”
This year’s SHF is spread over 9 Festival Hubs and 2 Satellite Hubs around the island. With Sports as its main theme at Velocity, the exhibition showcases the sporting history of our nation and celebrates the achievements of our countrymen and women in the realm of sports.
The programme for the opening of SHF features the cultural richness of the different ethnic groups with appearance from some of our favorite comedians such as Patricia Mok and Suhaimi Yusof.
I was interviewed by Lianhe Zaobao and quoted saying that I welcomed the idea that the National Heritage Board (NHB) offers free entry to its museums in August and it will now be a yearly affair. For those of us who are sick of shopping in the malls, we can spend the afternoon of weekends visiting the permanent galleries and selected exhibitions of these museums.
There are really a lot of things to do from now till 29 July. You can immerse in Football Fever at Century Square (Tampines), check out Void Decks at Changi City Point, find out more about Traditional Toys and Games at Tiong Bahru Plaza, recollect memories of our National Monuments at Hougang Mall, experience Peranakan Heritage at 112 Katong or go Shopping for Gold at Causeway Point. For the movie buffs, you can relive the Golden Age of Singapore Cinema at Bugis Junction or see Singapore through the lenses of 10 local short film-makers at Jurong Point.
Heritage Trails await you at Tiong Bahru CC, Sembawang CC, CHIJ Katong Convent and Evergreen Secondary School. The Centrepoint brings you flash back to the 1980s with music performances and movie screening. The other satellite hub at Chinatown Visitors Centre has an interactive gallery with display from Rediffusion and walking tours conduct by Chinatown clan associations.
After the launch, it was time for us to feed our soul. We discovered Curry Times operated by Old Chang Kee at #02-33-34 of Velocity. It’s a good place to relax and to soak in its retro, 1960s theme.
We absolutely enjoy the ambience of that eatery and on your way out, remember to reward yourself with some Sugar Gem Cookies!