Young Parents Team
Wushu performances, tranditional food, 1960s music concerts and movies under the stars. Singapore Heritagefest is back and it’s chock-full of fun events and activities for everyone. The website provides the full list and details: http://heritagefest.sg. But we picked out some family-friendly highlights here for your easy reference.
1. A Taste of Heritage
Friday and Saturday, 29 & 30 Apr, 6 to 10pm
National Museum of Singapore, Front lawn
Fun fact: Did you know that food stalls used to line the grounds of the National Museum in the 1960s? Get a glimpse into the street food culture of the 1960s at the museum over the festival’s opening weekend. Indulge in Indian rojak, wanton noodles and satay as you enjoy live performances on the museum’s front lawn. You can even learn about the family stories behind the various stalls and how their traditional recipes have been passed down through the generations.
Plus, visit the Joo Gwee drink stall dressed in 1960s vintage wear and enjoy one extra free drink with two purchase of two drinks.
2. Bukit Pasoh Outdoor Performance
Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1
Various stops along Bukit Pasoh Street
Stroll down Bukit Pasoh Street to catch a series of evening outdoor performances, including a wushu demonstration, lion dance, Nanyin music, Chinese dance and more. Local bands will also be around. Be on the look out for the roving characters dressed in period costumes dating back to the early days of Singapore and catch them for a fun photo to remember the night.
3. Journeys of Heritage and Faith
Tuesday to Sunday, April 26 to May 1, various timings
Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Thian Hock Keng
Learn more about lion and dragon dancing, stilt walkers, drummers, big-head dolls, as well as local Hokkien and getai celebrities. Aside from acrobatic acts by a local award-winning lion dance troupe, a movie under the stars and nights of captivating stage performances, you can get a taste of the good old days with nostalgic tidbits from a traditional provision shop. You can also seek blessings from Ma Zu, the Goddess of the Sea, as devotees celebrate her birthday. This programme is brought to you by the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Thian Hock Keng, a 176-year-old “living” national and architectural monument.
4. A-Go-Go Night @ Kampong Gelam!
Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, 5 to 6.30pm
Here’s one highlight Grandpa will love! Make it a date and take him to this special mini-concert. Presented by the Malay Heritage Centre, it pays tribute to the most exciting period in Singapore’s local music history – the 1960s! Celebrate the legacies of bands such as The Swallows, The Siglap Five and The Quests, and learn how they left a deep impression on local independent musicians today. Local indie heroes The Pinholes, The Voodoo Sound and Lion City Ska Jazz Ensemble will also get you grooving for a rollicking night of fun at Bussorah Street.
5. Movies Under The Ubin Stars
Saturday, May 14, 7.30pm
Pulau Ubin Wayang Stage
Event is free but bumboat rides cost $3 per way
Pre-registration is required. Visit http://heritagefest.sg for more information.
Did you know that quarry coolies and island residents used to enjoy outdoor movie screenings as part of their leisure activities on Pulau Ubin? Bring a chair or picnic mat and join the island’s residents in enjoying films with a distinctive Ubin flavour. Film screenings include Dahdi, a short film by Kirsten Tan, winner of Best Southeast Asian short film at the 25th Singapore International Film Festival, as well as the world premiere of a new film about Pulau Ubin by Royston Tan, which was comissioned by the National Museum of Singapore specially for HeritageFest 2016.