Singapore Heritage Festival 2020 is going digital! Expect an exciting line-up of fun and interactive online programmes and activities for everyone. You no longer must jostle for spaces on the highly coveted heritage walks as they will be conducted online, free for all to join.
We have a shared history and heritage regardless of our race, language or religion. This means an understanding of our heritage gives more insight into our identity and strengthens our roots. Every year, Singapore Heritage Festival promotes the learning and experience of Singapore’s heritage.
Singapore Heritage Festival 2020 Digital Edition
This year is no different. The Singapore Heritage Festival 2020 Digital Edition will feature meaningful experiences together with community partners and over 80 programmes lined up.
Get whisked back in time and uncover lesser known history about different highlight locations and their places of interest. Learn about the cultural heritage of each location through live-streamed demonstrations, dialogue sessions, podcasts, short films.
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Explore Colourful Histories of Three Neighbourhoods: Tanjong Pagar, Kallang and Pasir Ris
#Stayhome and explore three neighbourhoods in ways you would never have seen. Singapore Heritage Festival 2020 features three areas this year – Tanjong Pagar, Kallang and Pasir Ris.
There are various tidbits the young and old can learn about these areas, or reminisce about the old days when things were very different.
Did you know that St Andrew’s Mission Hospital at Ann Siang Hill started as a medical mission to the poor women and children in Singapore? It also has the oldest electric lift in Singapore with a very interesting backstory. You can find out more by watching a video tour curated by Jerome Lim, a heritage enthusiast.
You can learn more over the weekend of 19 to 21 June 2020 when the spotlight turns on Tanjong Pagar. The stories of coolies, rickshaw pullers, dock workers and traders will be fascinating to all.
The following weekends of the Singapore Heritage Festival 2020 will cast a spotlight on Pasir Ris from 26 to 28 June, then Kallang from 3 to 5 July.
Pasir Ris has always been a resort town by the coast that sees a huge variety of wildlife. There will be a five-part mini documentary series on the town and its history, an online theatrical experience and also curated activities by nature communities to get up close to the cackling kingfisher and the elusive shore pit viper.
Present-day Kallang looks vastly different now but is home to some of Singapore’s most iconic buildings. From the former police coast guard headquarters, to the first civilian airport, explore Kallang from the comforts of your living room to see how the area has evolved over the years.
Did you know that Kallang was superstitiously nicknamed huay sia in Hokkien to mean “fire city” in the event that Kallang Gaswork exploded?
Fun Activity Kits for the Children
Children are included in Singapore Heritage Festival 2020 Digital Edition as well. Apart from viewing theatre performances and video series, there are download activity kits available on the Singapore Heritage Festival 2020 website that will help them discover hidden heritage gems.
Activity kits are categorised according to age groups – for preschoolers, 5 to 6 year olds, and primary school children above 7 years.
Lala – Singapore Heritage Festival’s little explorer will be taking children on a journey through the three areas and document some adventures. Join the dots, fold origami planes, create a photo story and take a kueh quiz!
#Stayhome and Colour!
Colouring activities have been very popular this season. There will be a colouring activity on the Singapore Heritage Festival 2020 site featuring SHF-special illustrations.
A collaboration with illustrator @tobyato features street scenes of Tanjong Pagar, iconic playgrounds of Pasir Ris and the former National Stadium.
Singapore’s Heritage is Ours to Own
Take a pause with your family and learn more about Singapore’s heritage – a mere click away via heritagefestival.sg. Our heritage is ours to own. The best way to inculcate a sense of belonging in our children is to take the chance to appreciate our rich heritage – just awaiting our discovery.
We would love to hear about your adventures as part of Singapore Heritage Festival, upload them and tag @littledayout and #sgheritagefest!