Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 Highlights for Families

SHF at Caldecott Hill
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The Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 takes place from 28 April to 14 May 2017. With a monumental number of activities taking place around Singapore, we highlight 11 events at Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 that families can look forward to.

1. SHF Takes Over Caldecott Broadcast Centre

SHF at Caldecott Hill
Courtesy of Sweet Tooth by Cake Theatrical Productions

A major highlight of this year’s Singapore Heritage Festival is the opportunity to visit the former Mediacorp premises at Caldecott Hill. With specially curated activities, the Caldecott Broadcast Centre will be brought back to life. There will be theatre performances such as Studio 6 by Singapore group Sweet Tooth by Cake Theatrical Productions that revisit scenes from popular TV series such as Under One Roof. Staff and celebrities from Mediacorp will bring visitors on tours around the former broadcast centre. There will also be a Festival Village with food, drinks, a flea market and throwback concerts. Don’t miss the chance to visit this otherwise out-of-bounds location.

SHF Takes Over Caldecott Broadcast Centre

Dates: 28 April to 1 May & 5 to 7 May
Venue: Former Caldecott Broadcast Centre, Andrew Road

Detailed highlights include:

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Studio 6

A half-hour performance by contemporary theatre company Sweet Tooth by Cake that portrays the dynamics of working in the studio.
28 April, 5 May – 7 pm, 8.30 pm
29, 30 April – 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm
6 May – 7 pm 9 pm
1, 7 May – 11 am, 12.30 pm

Island Stories – Untold Stories of Sisters Islands and Kusu Island

Presented as a live radio play, discover the untold tales of Sisters Islands and Kusu Island and how sound effects are made live on stage.

28 April, 5 & 6 May – 6.15 pm
29, 30 April – 4.15 pm, 5.15 pm
1, 7 May – 11.15 am

Walking Caldecott

Go on a tour to view the studios, sets and offices that produced local entertainment and news in one-hour tours led by Mediacorp artistes and industry staff. Hear the inside stories of drama, hiding spots and even ghostly encounters at Caldecott Hill.

28 April, 5 & 6 May – 6.30 pm
29, 30 April – 4.30 pm, 6.30pm
1, 7 May – 10.30 am

2. Singapore Heritage Festival @ Little India

Themed The Streets of Little India, visit the Indian Heritage Centre and its exhibition, Once Upon a Time in Little India. Admire an outdoor art installation, Sea of Sarees, that has been inspired by the textile shops in Little India. The sound of drums will resound along Campbell Land on 6 May at 5 pm and 7 May at 6 pm and you can also catch a live traditional Kerela puppet performance on 7 May at 7 pm.

3. Bukit Pasoh Street Party

Lion DanceRelive the past at Singapore Heritage Festival 2017’s Bukit Pasoh Street Party on 10 May, 4 pm to 9 pm. Watch lion dance showcases at 5 pm, 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm. There will also be a puppetry performance by the Chin Kang Huay Guan at 27 Bukit Pasoh Road, an Outdoor Calligraphy demonstration at 5.30 pm at 18 Bukit Pasoh Road and a movie screening.

Date: 10 May, 4 pm to 9 pm
Venue: Bukit Pasoh Road

4. Eat Out by Singapore River

Singapore RiverPay a visit to Singapore River on the evenings of 12 and 13 May where the New Empress Place Food Centre will bring back hawker food to the waterside. Asian Civilisations Museum will also hold an exhibition, Museum of Eating, between 28 April and 14 May, while outdoors, there will be an outdoor installation,  I Was Here, inspired by the former Empress Place Food Centre.

Date: 12 to 13 May, Evening
Venue: Singapore River by the Asian Civilisations Museum

5. Old is Gold Family Trail

Omar the White TigerGo on the Old is Gold Trail around Singapore Zoo to discover more about the lives of iconic senior animals such as Inuka the polar bear, Komail the Asian elephant, Omar the white tiger and Astove the giant tortoise. Collect a souvenir after completing the trail.

Dates: 28 April to 14 May (weekends only), 10 am to 4 pm
Venue: Singapore Zoo (normal zoo admission charges apply)

6. An Afternoon with Inuka

Inuka the Polar BearGet a behind the scenes look at what it is like to be a polar bear keeper for an afternoon and find out what is being done to care for the Singapore-born polar bear in his golden years. Suitable for families with children aged seven and above. Register here.

Dates: 6, 7, 13 & 14 May, 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Venue: Singapore Zoo
Cost: $48 per person (excluding Singapore Zoo admission charges)

7. Be a Young Fruit Explorer!

Go on a fruit exploration trail with Miss Pineapple and friends at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. There will be dramatised storytelling sessions at 2 pm and 4 pm with craft activities between 2 pm and 5 pm.

Date: 30 April, 2 pm to 5 pm
Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

8. A ‘Wayang Kulit’ Weekend

Wayang KulitJoin in an interactive Wayang Kulit session that features folk tales and stories about Kampong Gelam. Kids can also design their own shadow puppets inspired by the tales they hear.

Dates: 13 & 14 May, 2 pm to 5 pm
Venue: Malay Heritage Centre

9. A Fullerton Love Story

Go on a tour with a difference where the past comes alive at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Find out what happens when a humble postman falls in love with a civil servant in this tour/performance conducted at night. It will be led by a veteran tour guide who will also be sharing stories and secrets about the building. Best of all, the tour ends with divine desserts for participants at The Courtyard in the hotel.

Dates: 29 April, 6, 13 May, 8 pm to 9.30 – A Fullerton Love Story Drama Tour; 9.30 pm to 11 pm – Divine Desserts at The Courtyard
Cost: $78 for adults, $58 for children between six and 11). Registration required.

10. Through Toys – Our Nostalgic Singapore

Revisit the toys of childhood’s past at the MINT Museum of Toys. Learn about Singapore’s first toy manufacturer and see old wind-up tin toys and an old Sea View Hotel souvenir doll.

Dates: 30 April to 14 May, 9.30 am to 6.30 pm (last admission at 6 pm)
Venue: MINT Museum of Toys
Cost: $15 for adults, $7.50 for children between two to 12.

11. In Sights: A Monumental Journey

Experience Singapore’s National Monuments in 3D! Learn about the stories behind important communities and the leaders behind these important buildings, and view them through a pair of 3D glasses.

Junction 8, 18 April to 7 May during mall hours
Raffles City, 8 to 14 May during mall hours

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