Take the time this August, to celebrate everything Singaporean – first it was the National Day celebrations, the ongoing Youth Olympic Games and now the festivities of The Singapore HeritageFest 2010 contributing significantly to patriotism running through our veins.
Running from August 11 to 22, HeritageFest comprises of a bonanza of events held all over town for everyone to discover the magic and uniqueness of different cultures and also gain a deeper insight into Singapore’s multicultural heritage.
The festival will culminate in a spectacular finale titled Heritage Sparkles in the City, spanning three days from August 20 to 22 with an exciting range of non-stop events and activities for the whole family.
For a full list of HeritageFest events, go here.
Come August 20, the Singapore Management University Campus Green will be playing host to a series of four concerts on one stage, with English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil artistes serenading you to both the newest and evergreen tunes. The artiste lineup comprises of a mix of young and veteran, local and regional stars to keep you entertained. Some of the highlights include popular local singers such as The Great Spy Experiment, Wendi Koh and Leena Salim for the English concert, as well as Chen Wei Lian, Carrie Yang, Gisel and Ananthi (Vasantham) for the others.
Food glorious food
Apart from the sweet sound of music to accompany your jaunt across the grounds all day, what better way to celebrate and promote multicultural heritage than through our tastebuds and stomachs? Needless to say, another major highlight of the festival finale is its mega food fair featuring 18 mouth-watering stalls to tempt every palette, plus free cooking demonstrations by your favorite celebrity chefs such as Violet Oon and Quentin Pereira.
Other highlights include an ethnic crafts fair, a contemporary arts and crafts fair and craft demonstrations, roving performances and games and activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. The National Museum, Singapore Art Museum and the Peranakan Museum will also be open until 10pm on August 20 and 21, with free admission to the Asian Civilisations Museum and 50 percent off admission charges at the Philatelic Museum on the 21st.
If that isn’t enough activity going on for you, don’t miss out on the other ongoing events of the HeritageFest which includes its anchor exhibition at Suntec City featuring a stunning display of national costumes from more than 20 countries around the world. Don’t miss also the launch of celebrated local designer Benny Ong’s latest collection, whose signature style is renowned for its Peranakan influences.
Get on the bus!
Think you know Singapore well? Surprise yourself by boarding any of the five new bus tours available during the festival, which uncovers little known or undiscovered places in Singapore you’ve probably even never heard of. Who cares if you get mistaken for a tourist! Suburbia also gets in on the action with five satellite hubs dedicated to different themes – so prepared to be spoilt for choice.
The Singapore HeritageFest 2010 is on from August 11-22, with the finale Heritage Sparkles in the City on from August 20-22.