Five things to do over the weekend of April 29-30

The Singapore Heritage Festival kicks off this weekend - and this year, it's bringing you into the rarely seen spaces of the island. Take a stroll in the Jewish quarters, or join the tour of Caldecott Hill Broadcast Centre. 

There are also exciting plays happening in the Esplanade Theatres - we picked Ponniyin Selvan (The Son of Ponni) and Iss Majhdhar Mein for you. 

1. A Lighter Side of History - Singapore Heritage Festival Special

Photo courtesy: heritagefestival.sg
Photo courtesy: heritagefestival.sg

This first installation of 'A Lighter Part of History' focuses on the life-sized murals that decorated the walls of heritage neighbourhoods such as Kampong Glam and Tiong Bahru.

Hear from the artist himself, as he discusses his hopes of documenting Singapore’s history and heritage through his murals, the behind-the-scenes of creating these works, and his interesting encounters with people in the process.  

When: April 29
Where: National Museum of Singapore
Entry: Free

2. A Stroll in the Jewish Quarters

Photo courtesy: heritagefestival.sg
Photo courtesy: heritagefestival.sg

Gain insights into the close-knit Jewish community, which has, despite its small size, contributed significantly to Singapore’s development. Find out how they have made Singapore their home, and learn more about prominent Jews in Singapore, including Sir Manasseh Meyer, David Marshall and Jacob Ballas. 

This tour includes a visit to Maghain Aboth Synagogue (the oldest Jewish synagogue in Southeast Asia), and will cover the Jewish quarters during the colonial period. 

When: April 30
Where: Bras Basah Bugis
Entry: S$3-5

3. SHF Takes Over! @Caldecott Hill

Photo courtesy: heritagefestival.sg
Photo courtesy: heritagefestival.sg

This tour is part of the new 'SHF Takes Over!' Visitors will get to explore the oldest part of Caldecott Broadcast Centre, where Singapore’s first radio station, Radio-Television Singapore, was set up. 

This is an iconic location that Singaporeans are familiar with, but which has been largely out of bounds to most.

Part of the grounds will also be turned into a retro and vintage-themed Festival Village.

When: April 29-30
Where: Caldecott Broadcast Centre
Entry: Free

4. Ponniyin Selvan

Photo courtesy: Esplanade
Photo courtesy: Esplanade

Brought to you by Artecompass and S S International, Ponniyin Selvan (The Son of Ponni) is inspired by the historical novel of the same name. It centres on a number of real historical characters and incidents.

This play narrates the story of Arulmozhidevan (later crowned as Rajaraja Chola I), one of the kings of the Chola Dynasty during the 10th and 11th centuries.

When: April 29-30
Where: Esplanade Theatre
Entry: S$36-96

5. Iss Majhdhar Mein

Photo courtesy: Esplanade
Photo courtesy: Esplanade

Rifat Shamim’s adaption of Saadat Hasan Manto’s play ‘ISS MAJHDHAR MEIN' encapsulates the tornado of emotions that goes through the lives of a newly married couple and the members of their household.

Set in 1950s India, the story painstakingly illustrates the real life dilemmas that challenge our notion of love, loyalty, servitude, devotion and fidelity. 

When: April 29-30
Where: Esplanade Recital Studio
Entry: S$50 

Author
Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Writer

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. She is also part of the Over The Moon team, which is a movement to promote and give voice to independent Mandopop music in Singapore.

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