NHB will present an exciting line-up of digital National Day programmes for people of all ages to enjoy heritage and culture anytime, including the National Day Monumental Hunt!
Dates: 1 - 31 Aug 2021
This National Day, the National Heritage Board (NHB) hopes to unite Singaporeans through arts, culture and heritage with the illumination of seven buildings in the Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) precinct in the colours of the National Flag, and a line-up of online performances, stories and interactive offerings that celebrate Singapore’s 56th birthday.
There are more activities happening islandwide, so don't forget to check our compiled list of National Day Activities (coming soon)!
National Monuments and Buildings To Light Up
Venue: Various Monuments at the Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct
Date: 1 - 31 Aug 2021, 7.30 pm to 12 am
Cultural and historical landmarks in the BBB precinct – the Central Fire Station, Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, National Museum of Singapore, National Design Centre, Stamford Arts Centre, Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film, and The Cathay – will be bathed in red and white light to inspire and encourage Singaporeans.
Families can head out to capture pictures of these buildings and also learn more about their historical significance.
Digital National Day Programmes
National Day Monument Hunt (Digital Game)
Date: 9 Aug 2021, 12 pm
The Padang has been a site for National Day Parades since the first one in 1966. It continued to host the annual parades until 1975, after which the National Stadium and Marina Bay Floating Platform rotated parade hosting duties with the Padang.
To remember the National Day Parades at the Padang, players are invited to join this mini-digital game to search for hidden items around the Padang, which features a National Day Parade, to win attractive prizes.
ACM Celebrates: National Day
Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum website
Date: 9 Aug 2021, 10 am
Celebrate Singapore’s 56th birthday with the Asian Civilisations Museum through a host of adventures! Discover objects in an online trail that tell stories of Singapore’s history and listen to a medley of well-loved National Day tunes.
NHB Heritage Institutions' National Day Music Videos
Date: Available now
No birthday is complete without a song. NHB’s heritage institutions – the Indian Heritage Centre, Malay Heritage Centre and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall – present renditions of the 2002 National Day song We Are Singapore using traditional Indian, Malay and Chinese musical instruments, followed by a combined music video that brings the three communities together for an eclectic multicultural arrangement of the song.
Listen to the renditions here:
Timmy & Tammy Storytelling
Venue: National Museum’s FB Live
Date: 9 Aug, 10 am - 10.30 am
In this interactive storytelling session based on the popular children’s book Timmy & Tammy: What Is Singapore?, families will hear from four interesting characters who have each chosen an object to represent Singapore. Take part in fun activities the characters have prepared in their quest to decide which “Singapore” resonates best with them!
This programme is presented in conjunction with the Home, Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present special exhibition.
Snapshots of Marina Bay by Our Tampines Gallery & Kreta Ayer Heritage Gallery
Marina Bay is home to some of Singapore’s iconic landmarks, including the floating platform that hosts our annual National Day Parade, the Merlion, and the three towers of Marina Bay Sands. Come celebrate Singapore’s 56th birthday with our online workshops and create a colourful paper camera, complete with a sliding roll of these illustrated icons!
National Day Fun! – Design Your Own National Day Stamp
Date: 4 - 15 Aug
Get creative with the Singapore Philatelic Museum and design your very own National Day stamp to commemorate Singapore’s 56th birthday! Stand a chance to win a Quirks in the Island City Stamp Presentation Pack!
Singapore River Walk Virtual Guided Tour
Date: 8 Aug, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm
Admission: $5 (register)
The Singapore River Walk is a trail which introduces the history of the Singapore River and explores the key landmarks and sites that define this waterway.
Join us as we take you on a virtual journey from Collyer Quay to Robertson Quay, to trace the contributions of the river towards Singapore’s mercantile development through the various communities who lived and worked around it, as well as the spectacular architecture and social history of its bridges.