Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 brings you the lesser known stories of Singapore history

The 14th edition of the Singapore Heritage Festival (SHF) will be held across three weekends from April 28 to May 14. Organised by the National Heritage Board (NHB), the festival will feature more than 110 programmes, NHB said in a press statement.

Photo courtesy: SHF Facebook
Photo courtesy: SHF Facebook

Created in partnership with close to 80 community partners, SHF offers Singaporeans multiple touch-points to rediscover, experience and enjoy diverse stories of our tangible and intangible heritage. Everyone is invited to explore Singapore’s lesser known stories through a specially curated line-up of programmes and activities.

Venturing into unexplored spaces 

A new programme introduced into the festival this year is “SHF Takes Over!”

It will bring Singaporeans into inaccessible or less-explored spaces to uncover their hidden stories and memories. The inaugural edition of this programme takes visitors on an adventure into the heart of Singapore’s broadcast history – the Caldecott Broadcast Centre. This is an iconic location that many are familiar with, but which has been largely out of bounds to most.

Photo courtesy: SHF Facebook
Photo courtesy: SHF Facebook

Visitors will get to explore the oldest part of Caldecott Broadcast Centre, where Singapore’s first radio station, Radio-Television Singapore, was set up. 

Little Nyonya. Photo courtesy: toggle
Little Nyonya. Photo courtesy: toggle

There are also a myriad of events and programmes that have been specially curated to transform the space. These include theatre performances such as Studio 6 by Singapore group Sweet Tooth by Cake Theatrical Productions,. The works will revisit scenes from popular television programmes such as Under One Roof and The Little Nyonya. Other programmes include guided tours by the staff and celebrities of Mediacorp; art installations including one made up of cathode ray TV sets; and even a disco party.

Part of the grounds will also be turned into a retro and vintage-themed Festival Village, with food and drinks, flea markets, and throwback concerts of classic songs we know and love.

“SHF Takes Over!” will take place at Caldecott Broadcast Centre on the first two weekends of the festival: April 28-May 1, May 5-7.

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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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