Singapore Heritage Festival 2018: Drive-In Cinema, Industrial Tours And More

Jurong Songbook by Sweet Tooth - Singapore Heritage Festival 2018
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From 6 to 22 April 2018, Singapore Heritage Festival 2018 promises to take Singaporeans on a journey of discovery into the past. Now into its 15th edition, this year’s Singapore Heritage Festival involves almost 100 community partners and will present more than 120 programmes for Singaporeans to delve into and experience the nation’s heritage.

For Singapore Heritage Festival 2018, the spotlight will be turned on to five districts around the island – Jurong, Jalan Besar, Chinatown, Bras Basah.Bugis and Toa Payoh. The stories and memories of these locations will be brought to life through talks, guided tours, performances and exhibitions.

Here are some of the activities you can expect at the various locations during three-week Singapore Heritage Festival 2018.

Jurong (6 to 8 April)

Jurong Town Hall
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Experience a drive-in cinema, go on a tour of SPH’s printing presses, pay a visit to the iconic former Jurong Town Hall and more on 6 to 8 April 2018.

Celebrating Jurong’s industrial heritage, the first weekend of Singapore Heritage Festival 2018 will feature innovative programmes that allow visitors to experience the Jurong Story.

Jurong Songbook by Sweet Tooth
Jurong Songbook by Sweet Tooth. Image: Singapore Heritage Festival

Watch Jurong Songbook by Sweet Tooth, a theatrical performance that recounts the area’s origins through music and song. Boogie the night away at Disco Party – bellbottoms optional.

Take a drive and view movies They Call Her Cleopatra Wong and Army Daze from the car and feast on hawker favourites prepared by Singapore Hawkerpreneurs.

Jalan Besar (13 to 14 April)

Jalan Besar
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This year, Singapore Heritage Festival goes to Jalan Besar for the first time.

Stop by New World at Tyrwhitt (117 to 155A Tyrwhitt Road) in the evenings of 13 and 14 April to enjoy the buzz of grooving music played in homage to the “Worlds” Amusement Parks. Pay a visit to the Big Road Market to view the latest offerings by artists, designers and makers.

Chinatown (14 to 15 April)

Behind The Scenes - Appreciating Tea Through The Generations (Pek Sin Choon)
Behind The Scenes – Appreciating Tea Through The Generations (Pek Sin Choon). Image: Singapore Heritage Festival

View an exhibition on Chinatown Food Stories at Kreta Ayer Community Club, join in a memory sharing session about growing up in Chinatown and listen to tales about swordsmen, scholars and ghosts in the tradition of Chinatown’s storytellers. Find out more about how various ethnic groups lived side-by-side in Chinatown, learn more about tea appreciation and watch a Teochew opera performance as well during the Singapore Heritage Festival 2018.

Bras Basah.Bugis (20 to 21 April)

Guided tours
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Head to the Bras Basah.Bugis district for a celebration of the past. Go on a Theatrical Tour of SAM, watch a performance by The Theatre Practice inspired by historical events and view National Museum of Singapore’s latest exhibition, The More We Get Together: Playgrounds 1930 – 2030. There will also be an Armenian Street Party – batik-themed – from 7 pm to 11 p on 20 and 21 April.

Toa Payoh (21 to 22 April)

The Toa Payoh Dragon Playground at Lorong 6 takes centre stage on the last two days of Singapore Heritage Festival 2018. In the evenings, there will be a Heritage Car Flea which pairs vintage vehicles with artisanal products, an LED Dragon Dance Performance and Movie Under the Stars. Other programmes lined up include a Toa Payoh Bus Tour and exhibition, Play Town: Discovering Our Heritage Through Play, at the Toa Payoh HDB Hub Atrium.

More Singapore Heritage Festival 2018 Programmes

Other programmes being held around the island during Singapore Heritage Festival 2018 include a Khong Guan Biscuit Factory, Craft Workshops at the Indian Heritage Centre and more.

“Over the past 15 years, the Singapore Heritage Festival has grown into a community-led event that Singaporeans are proud to call their own. This year, we are encouraged that passionate individuals and partners have stepped up and taken on a greater role in organising key highlights, such as in Chinatown and Jalan Besar, demonstrating that SHF is truly a festival by the people, for the people,” said Festival Director Angelita Teo.

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