My Community Festival Returns For Its Fourth Edition



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Families can look forward to unique and immersive educational tours and experiences aimed at spotlighting the unseen heritage in our everyday activities.

Venue: Various locations
Date:
4 to 20 Aug 2023
Time: Various timings
Fee: Various pricings

My Community Festival 2023 

My Community Festival 2023¬†(MCF 2023) kicks off from 4 to 20 August 2023 with a slate of living heritage events and tours aimed at engaging a new audience of families, residents and tourists. Organised by non-profit organisation My Community, and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, this year‚Äôs Festival carries the theme ‚ÄėLove My Neighbour‚Äô.¬†Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Former Senior Minister¬†will be officiating the festivities on Saturday, 5 August.¬†

Look forward to popular immersive tours showcasing Singapore’s living community heritage, such as old-school market vendors and the stories beyond the wares they trade in. There will be a bumper crop of over 100 events spread across eight programme series, with activities ranging from a duration of 1.5 to 11.5 hours, making it the biggest My Community Festival yet. Every activity is interactive and intimate, and festival-goers can get up close and personal with hawkers, shopkeepers, fishmongers and ordinary residents. Here's taking a closer look at some of the festival highlights that you and your family expect:

Experiences

My Lepak Corner

Venue: Various locations
Date: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 Aug 2023
Time: 2pm
Fee: $5 per pax | Book your slot here

Singaporeans possess a deep affection for the neighbourhoods. In the face of unprecedented challenges, we have demonstrated remarkable strength and unity, coming together to support one another.

This year, MCF 2023 has assembled an assortment of neighbourhood champions, who are serious about making their local area cleaner, greener and friendlier. Embark on an uplifting journey to meet them and find out how they galvanise their neighbours to address specific needs and concerns within their neighbourhoods.

Decorate My Hood

Venue: Various locations
Date: 
6, 9, 12, 13, 19 & 20 Aug 2023
Time: 
2pm & 4pm
Fee:
 $5 per pax | Book your slot here

At neighbourhood gardens, void decks and corridors in different parts of Singapore, festivities are taken to a whole new level. From Christmas gardens to Lunar New Year calligraphies‚Äď neighbours have teamed up to decorate their neighbourhood and create a festive atmosphere for all to enjoy. This year, MCF 2023 has rallied 6 teams of neighbours across the island to co-design and co-curate National Day-themed decorations, infusing their neighbourhoods with a burst of patriotism and unity. Embark on a curator's tour and meet these neighbourhood champions.

My Prayers and Practices

Venue: Various locations
Date: 
6, 9, 12, 13, 19 & 20 Aug 2023
Time: 
Various timings
Fee:
 
$10 per pax | Book your slot here

The beauty of Singapore lies in the harmonious coexistence of different religious groups, often nestled side by side on the very same street in the neighbourhood, inviting the faithful to enter.¬† From the Jains and Bah√° ľ√≠ to the Jews and Orthodox Christians, join us on a soul-nourishing journey to the places of worship of all 10 major religions in Singapore and explore what each religion shares about neighbours and neighbourliness.

What’s For My Dinner 

Venue: Various locations
Date: 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19 Aug 2023
Time: 
7pm
Fee: 
$25 per pax | Book your slot here

Food is the universal language in Singapore. In this diverse and multicultural society, the love for food transcends boundaries, cultural differences and language barriers. Join MCF 2023 on a gastronomic journey with 18 pairs of neighbours, who will be whipping up their signature dishes and sharing about how they connect with their neighbours through food!

Tours

[NEW] MY-SG

Venue: Various locations
Date: 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 Aug 2023
Time: 
Various timings
Fee: 
$30 per pax | Book your slot here

A new addition to this year’s festival is a day tour to our closest neighbour and most dependable partner, Malaysia. From luscious tropical fruits to high-quality poultry, join this ground-breaking trip to Malaysia and uncover the heartfelt stories behind the farmers, fishermen, drivers and distributors, whose unwavering commitment ensure that every Singaporean is well-nourished.

After Hours @My Community

Venue: Various locations
Date:
4, 5, 11, 18, 19 & 20 Aug 2023
Time: 
Various timings
Fee:
from $20 per pax | Book your slot here

The city that never sleeps - at least for the people who work in vegetable wholesale markets, fishery ports, or simply a heritage enthusiast who is an expert on the over 100,000 tombs in Bukit Brown Cemetery. This year’s event is also significant in that it is likely to be the last tour of Senoko Fishery Port as it has been slated for permanent closure.

My Chinatown Festival

Hello! My Chinatown

Photo Credits: My Community

Venue: Various locations
Date: 
5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 Aug 2023
Time: 
Various timings
Fee: 
Free | Book your slot here

Hey there, curious minds! Ever found yourself wondering about the roar-ring powers of Tongkat Ali? Or perhaps you‚Äôre seeking a traditional remedy for a pesky cough? And what about the secret recipes behind favourite childhood snacks ‚Äď ear biscuits, cuttlefish and sachima?

Chinatown Complex is more than meets the eye. Every stall has a story to tell, every corner holds a cherished memory, and every bite is a culmination of years of mastery. As you navigate through the bustling corridors of the complex, you will encounter hawkers and stallholders who are not just purveyors of mouth-watering cuisine but also custodians of tradition and culture. Their stories intertwine with the very fabric of Chinatown, reflecting the resilience, heritage and dynamism that define the remarkable neighbourhood.

My Chinatown Complex Tours

Venue: Various locations
Date: 
5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 Aug 2023
Time: 
10am
Fee: 
Free | Book your slot here

What does Chinatown Complex mean to the hundreds of hawkers and market stallholders who have devoted their entire life to the craft? Embark on a guided tour of Chinatown Complex like no other, led by the very heart and soul of the complex ‚Äď the hawkers and stallholders themselves.

Let's Talk About My Chinatown Complex

Venue: Various locations
Date: 
5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 Aug 2023
Time: 
11am
Fee: 
Free | Book your slot here

Chinatown Complex holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the Chinese community in Singapore. As a cultural, social, economic and historical centre, it plays a vital role in preserving Chinese heritage, fostering community ties and showcasing the vibrancy of Chinese culture to both locals and visitors.

MCF 2023 has brought together a team of renowned academics, accomplished entrepreneurs, heritage enthusiasts and talented visual artists to delve into various topics about Chinatown that hold deep significance for all of us.

Exhibitions @My Chinatown Complex

Venue: Various locations
Date:
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20 Aug 2023
Time:
9am
Fee: 
Free 

Behind every hawker stall and sundry shop in Chinatown Complex that has stood the test of time lies a treasure trove of personal stories and heartfelt experiences. From beloved family recipes to tales of triumph over adversity, these stories will capture your heart and bring these hawkers to life before your very eyes. Treasures, in the form of stories, artefacts and photographs, await this coming August.

Performances @My Chinatown Complex

Venue: Various locations
Date:
 
5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 Aug 2023
Time: 
2pm
Fee: 
Free | Book your slot here

Indulge in the cultural richness of Chinatown during MCF 2023 through a myriad of exclusive performances from renowned opera troupes and musical groups which call Chinatown home for the past decades.

For more information on the programme line-up and to purchase tickets, please visit the My Community Festival website. 



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This article is prepared by

Leona Quek
Blessed with 3 handsome and loving boys in her life. Two of them call her Mommy, the other calls her Wifey. Every night, she wishes for an early bedtime, but misses her babies as soon as they sleep.

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