My Community Festival 2022 - Discover Beloved Places & Spaces That Make Singapore Home!



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The third edition of the community-run festival offers a fully-physical line-up of activities featuring unique tours and experiences for families to explore the different facets of home

Dates: 5 - 21 Aug 2022

Organised by My Community with support from the Singapore Tourism Board, the third edition of the festival centres on the theme of ‘My Home Sweet Home’ and will give festival-goers exclusive access to the private spaces of the many communities in Singapore, including their homes, workplaces, places of worship, and communal spaces.

This year’s programme will also spotlight three neighbourhoods – which will become “festival villages”, and feature workshops and thought-provoking tours that allow visitors to discover more about the area’s history and uncover hidden gems. Festival-goers can expect 64 unique and riveting tours and experiences split across eight programme series. Let's take a look at what families can look forward to this year. 

*Below is just a selection of tours / experiences happening for each programme. To get a full list of programmes, do visit My Community Festival 2022.

Discover What Makes A Home - My Home, Truly

The anchor programme series this year is “My Home, Truly” which pays tribute to the different types of homes in Singapore. Tour participants will get to meet various groups of people ranging from foreign workers, animal shelter workers and students who will take them into the places where they lay their heads in. Participants can look forward to visiting spaces including a foreign worker dormitory, Singapore’s last kampung, and rental flats in Jalan Besar to hear heartwarming stories about creating homes out of these diverse types of housing.

My Home, Truly: Jalan Besar Rental Flats with Jan Chow

Dates: 7, 9, 14, 21 Aug 2022, 10.00 am - 11.30 am
Meeting place: Block 1 Maude Road Singapore 200001
Price: $20

Hear the multifaceted experiences of living in rental flats and engaging with Singapore’s welfare system from 3 residents in this tour of Jalan Besar! 

My Home, Truly: The Leo Foreign Workers Dormitory with Biplab, Tipo, Shuvo and Mani

Dates: 7, 14 Aug 2022, 10.00 am - 11.30 am
Meeting place: The Leo (23 Kaki Bukit Rd 3, Singapore 415812)
Price: $10

Step into the dormitories our foreign workers call home as they take you around the facility and share their COVID-19 experiences.

My Home, Truly: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)

Dates: 18 Aug 2022, 11.00 am - 1.00 pm
Meeting place: SPCA (50 Sungei Tengah Rd, Singapore 699012)
Price: $10

Dogs (and cats) are man’s best friends. Explore what a home means to these lovable animals and their carers with the staff from SPCA.

Learn A New Craft - Find My Fixer

For people who hold on to broken items for sentimental value, “Find My Fixer” offers participants an opportunity to restore them to their original state or find a new lease of life, while doing their part to live sustainably and reduce waste in Singapore. This includes workshops with a soft toy “doctor”, kintsugi artist or teaware design for ceramics, and even a stained glass rescuer.

Find My Fixer: "Doctor" Jane Cher from Stuffed Toys Hospital

Dates: 7, 14, 21 Aug 2022, 4 pm - 6 pm
Meeting place:

  • My Community Stamford Road Office (7 August 2022)
  • Wisma Geylang Serai (1 Engku Aman Turn, Singapore 408528, outside Constituency Office) (For 14 & 21 August 2022)

Price: $30

Got a chou chou or old stuffed toy which needs some tender loving care? Give them a second life as they go under the expert knife of toy “Doctor” Jane Cher!

Find My Fixer: Handyman Benjamin Arman

Dates: 13, 14 Aug 2022, 2 pm - 3.30 pm / 4 pm - 5.30 pm
Meeting place: Drop-off Point at Block 23 Chai Chee Road Singapore 461023
Price: $20

From plumbing to electrical work, there is practically nothing handyman Benjamin Arman cannot fix! Be fascinated by his nifty fingers as he remedies faulty appliances around the house!

Find My Fixer: Kintsugi Artist Winnie Wong from GOLD & BEHOLD

Dates: 13, 14 Aug 2022, 2 pm - 4 pm 
Meeting place: Stay Gold Studio, 48 Hillview Terrace #05-02A, Singapore 669269
Price: $40

Transform your once-broken pottery into a golden masterpiece as Kintsugi Artist Winnie Wong takes you through a hands-on session covering repairs, philosophy and art! 

Discover Communities Within Singapore - My Little Singapore

Festival goers can discover how expatriate communities recreate pockets of their home to form unofficial enclaves like Little Belgium, Little Philippines and Little Taiwan under My Little Singapore”. Besides learning about their culture and their recommendations on where to find the most authentic taste of their hometown cuisine, participants can take the chance to reflect and appreciate how these communities contribute to Singapore’s identity as a melting pot. 

Tours can be found on My Community Festival 2022, and they include

  • My Little Russia
  • My Little Belgium
  • My Little Japan
  • My Little Taiwan
  • My Little India
  • My Little Vietnam
  • My Little Indonesia
  • My Little Philippines

Get Connected Through Food - What's For Dinner?

Another programme “What’s for My Dinner?” takes it a step further by having members of 20 Singaporean, ASEAN and international families welcome visitors into their homes to serve up cultural dishes ranging from local fare, regional cuisine from Thai and Vietnamese food, to international flavours like African, Maharashtrian and Northern Chinese food.

There are 21 different cultural (and foodie) experiences waiting for you! 

Learn More About 3 Festive Villages - My Lovely Neighborhood

Visit three festival villages as part of “My Lovely Neighbourhood series of programmes. For each of the three weekends during the festival duration, the festival will spotlight a locale in Singapore to learn about its thriving community through a series of immersive tours, workshops, experiences and performances that is a result of My Community’s extensive community mapping exercise within these neighbourhoods.

Each of the festival villages will feature three unique self-guided tours that can be accessed through My Community’s community map, comprising a main storyboard and wayfinding signages, allowing visitors to explore curated trails that capture different facets of these neighbourhoods. On the days where the festival village is running, visitors are encouraged to speak to the community stakeholders with stickers on their storefronts and get to know them better and attend co-curated workshops to get up close and personal with their trade.

Hello! My Changi Village

Dates: 5 - 9 Aug 2022
Admission: Free

Come and join us on an exploration to uncover and understand these different aspects of Changi Village’s history while listening to the multi-generational stories packed within these few acres of land! 3 trails — a Military & Nature Trail, a Coastal Heritage Trail and a Food & Old Shops Trail!

Hello! My Alexandra Village

Dates: 10 - 14 Aug 2022
Admission: Free

Hello! My Alexandra Village presents 3 unique trails within this iconic neighbourhood — the Motor Repair Trail, the Crafts & Old Trades Trail and the Food Trail — to invigorate participants of all ages to rediscover Alexandra Village according to their own interests!

Hello! My Chinatown 

Dates17 - 21 Aug 2022
Admission: Free

Today, Smith Street appears vastly different. Yet, if you look close enough, you will be able to find vestiges of Smith’s Street’s illustrious past. Join us to explore Chinatown on our three trails — My Kreta Ayer Trail, Clans & Associations Trail, and the Food Trail!

Hear Stories Of Our Islands - Welcome To My Island Home

Discover the gems out of the city in a morning walk along six offshore islands led by ex-islanders and hear the stories of their beloved island communities. 

On top of visiting known islands like Pulau Ubin and Kusu Island, look out for special tours to visit transient islands like Pulau Hantu, and an exclusive tour into the Pacific Light Power Station on Jurong Island. 

Race, Language and Religion - My Prayers and Practices

Singapore is home to individuals of different races, languages, and religions. From the Jains and Zoroastrians to the Jews and Theravada Buddhists, join us on a journey to the places of worship of all 10 major religions in Singapore and learn about their cultures and practices. Additionally, there are private tours showcasing home-based rituals such as Seventh Month rituals at a shophouse, Eng Tiang Huat and Baháʼí devotees introducing how prayers and practices are conducted differently in their home!

Discover Singapore at Night - After Hours @ My Community

The city never sleeps with our unsung heroes keeping Singapore going at night, while the rest of us sleep! Join in on a nightwalk around the spaces including Bukit Brown Cemetery that comes alive at night; and get a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of some bustling hotspots including Mandai Wildlife Reserve and Jurong Fishery Port.

Many of these tours are really interesting, but do note that the tours start late. The 2 tours that we like to highlight are 

After Hours @ My Mandai Wildlife Reserve 

Dates: 5,12  Aug 2022, 4.30 pm - 6.30 pm
Admission: $75

Mandai Wildlife Group joins My Community Festival 2022 to bring participants an incredible insight into how they provide the highest level of care for their animals!

After Hours @ My Night Safari with Mandai Wildlife Group

Dates: 5,12  Aug 2022, 7.45 pm - 9.45 pm
Admission: $75

Join the Mandai Wildlife Group for an incredible insight into the world of nocturnal creatures! Watch a mysterious side of Mandai Come to Life as the sun sets.

Ticketing & Details

For more information, visit https://mycommunityfestival.sg/Tickets are available for purchase from 20 July.

 



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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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