The annual Singapore HeritageFest (SHF) returns in a refreshed, hybrid format to uncover lesser-known aspects of Singapore’s history.
From 3 to 30 May 2021, members of the public can look forward to over 100 on-site and online programmes that invite Singaporeans from all walks of life to embark on an exploration of our healthcare history and food heritage, and to relive the stories that connect us.
SHF 2021 commemorates significant healthcare and food heritage milestones – the 200th anniversary of Singapore General Hospital (SGH), the nation’s first hospital, and the inscription of our Hawker Culture on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – through a line-up of offerings that includes virtual tours, talks, photo essays and video documentaries, on-site tours and hands-on workshops.
These programmes will reveal the stories behind the medical buildings of our past, delve into the history and benefits of Eastern healing practices such as traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, introduce participants to foods of different cultures, and more.
Some highlights include:
- Tours of historic buildings and monuments that bear witness to Singapore’s medical history
- Interactive workshops at local heritage businesses
- A closer look at the food heritage of the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct
- This Is What We Eat At Home – A Photo Exhibition
- Evolution of Volunteering in the Healthcare Sector
- Cinema Reclaimed: Medicine & Modernity in Singapore Cinema
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In addition to SHF 2021 programmes, this year’s festival will also feature HomeGround @ NMS, an art installation on the National Museum of Singapore’s front lawn. It is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional kampong (“village” in Malay) house, taking inspiration from its most recognisable form and key architectural elements.
The festival’s signature Ride & Discover programme, which reimagines MRT stations and trains as exhibition spaces, will also return this year to present stories of landmarks such as SGH and Maxwell Food Centre at the Outram Park, Novena, Bedok and Toa Payoh stations. Please refer to Annex A for more information on SHF 2021 programmes.
SHF 2021 programmes will be open for registration from 29 April 2021 (2 PM). Members of the public may visit here for more information on the programmes.