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This August and September, National Heritage Board (NHB) will be running an array of programmes and events for you and your family!

The holidays might be over, but there is still so much ongoing and happening in the next 2 months across the venues managed by the National Heritage Board

Share Your Story, Shape Our Memorial Travelling Exhibition

Photo Credit: National Heritage Board

Venue: Various locations island-wide

  • i12 Katong (now till 7 Aug 2022)
  • Plaza Singapura (8 to 21 Aug 2022)
  • Westgate (22 Aug to 4 Sep 2022)

Date: 28 Apr 2022 to 28 Feb 2023

Do you have old photographs taken as a child with our founding leaders at community events; a pamphlet of one of Singapore’s first campaigns such as the Keep Singapore Clean campaign, or memories of hearing the National Anthem on radio when it was first introduced?

The Share Your Story, Shape Our Memorial Travelling Exhibition by the Founders’ Memorial features a Public Call for artefacts and stories from the 1950s to the 1970s that relate to encounters with our founding leaders, and/or a national policy or historical milestone linked to independent Singapore, such as establishing citizenship and building a shared Singapore identity, and industrialisation and the transformation of Singapore’s economy.

You can contribute these artefacts and stories through the Memorial’s website, and play a part in the making of the Memorial.

National Day Light-Up 2022

Photo Credit: National Heritage Board

Venue: Various arts and cultural landmarks in the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct

  • National Museum of Singapore (now till 10 Aug 2022)
  • Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
  • Central Fire Station
  • The Cathay
  • National Design Centre
  • Stamford Arts Centre

Date: 1 to 27 Aug 2022
Time: Time: 7.30pm to 12am, Daily

Happy National Day, Singapore! Join us as we celebrate our nation's 57th birthday with the illumination of six historical and culturally significant landmarks around the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct, and watch them light up in the National Flag colours of red and white.

For this year's edition, Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Central Fire Station, National Design Centre, National Museum of Singapore, Stamford Arts Centre and The Cathay will join the tribute for the light up. These landmarks – four of which are National Monuments – take us on a journey through our shared heritage that reminds us of our national identity, bonding the generations of the past, present and future. The swashes of red and white lights are an expression of our creative responses to our current times, an articulation of our dreams and aspirations, and at the same time, remind us that our future paths are our own to blaze!

Our Stars and Crescent Moon

Date: 7, 13, 21 & 27 Aug 2022
Time: 10am to 11.30am
Fee: $5 (Adults), $3 (Senior Citizens/Students) | Buy tickets here 

Five stars and a crescent. Red and white. Majulah Singapura! We think we know what they mean. But do we really? Hear the stories of how our National Symbols came about: learn about our pioneer leaders’ ideals and aspirations for Singapore, the inspirations behind the symbols, and how three of our National Monuments witnessed the birth of the National Symbols – the flag, the anthem, the pledge and the crest.

Monuments covered: Former Parliament House (now The Arts House), Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, Former City Hall (now National Gallery Singapore)

Singapore Night Festival

Photo Credit: National Heritage Board

Venue: Bras Basah.Bugis precinct
Date: 19 to 27 Aug 2022

The Singapore Night Festival returns to wow festival-goers with a new approach that revolves around the theme “Rebirth” and the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct. Festival-goers can expect to be mesmerised by projection mappings, light art installations, and highlight performances presented in a new refreshed format, with more intimate experiential programmes and food and retail experiences.

Bulan Bahasa Launch Ceremony

Photo Credit: Malay Language Council

Photo Credit: Malay Language Council

Venue: Broadcast on Mediacorp Suri
Date: 3 Sep 2022
Time: 8.30pm to 9.30pm

Bulan Bahasa (Malay Language Month), organised by Majlis Bahasa Melayu Singapura (MBMS or the Malay Language Council, Singapore), is an annual celebration focused on encouraging the community to embrace and use the Malay language in their daily lives. It also aims to instil a deeper appreciation for the Malay culture, and promote the preservation of the community’s rich heritage. This year, Bulan Bahasa will take place from 13 August to 9 October 2022. Tune in to Mediacorp Suria at 8.30pm, on Saturday, 3 September 2022 for the official launch of Bulan Bahasa 2022.

For more information about MBMS and Bulan Bahasa, please visit the MBMS website and Facebook page and/or the Bulan Bahasa Instagram page.

Tamil Youth Festival 2022

Venue: Hybrid format
Date: 3 to 11 Sep 2022

The Tamil Language Council (TLC) will be presenting a Tamil Youth Festival as a platform for youths to present Tamil language programmes, for their peers.

All programmes created and presented for this Tamil Youth Festival will target students and youths below the age of 35. The Tamil Youth Festival 2022 will take place from 3 to 11 September 2022 during the school holidays.

For more information about TYF 2022, please visit the TLF website and Facebook page and/or the TYF Instagram page. 

Programmes by the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC)

Cerita (Stories) Special Exhibition

Photo Credit: Malay Heritage Centre

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre
Date: 29 Jan to 30 Oct 2022
Time: 10am to 6pm (last admission at 5.30pm, and closed on Mon)
Fee: Free admission

Over the years, the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) has presented an array of exhibitions and programmes along the four thematic categories of Bahasa (Language), Adat (Culture & Customs), Nilai (Values) and Bangsa (People/Nation). At the heart of this approach was the desire to promote discussions on who are the Malays i.e Melayu, what is the ‘Malay language’, and survey Malay culture through cultural and heritage materials from the vast Nusantara or Malay Archipelago.

Envisioned more as a pit-stop on a journey that will continue after the planned museum revamp, this exhibition is a timely occasion for all of us to reflect on the past and imagine the future together. Cerita shines the spotlight on the shared stories as well as the role of the storyteller via a survey of selected artefacts and signature collaborations that MHC has presented over the past decade.

Guided by the two signposts of Kita (Us/ We) in Gallery 1, and Me-reka (Them/Crafting) in Gallery 2, this exhibition hopes to indulge both returning and new visitors, to discover fresh insights and perspectives on Malay culture and heritage.

“Fashion Forward” Paper Dolls 

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre

Stroll through Kampong Gelam or Geylang Serai and you will be dazzled by many different types of Malay traditional outfits to choose from. From Baju Kurung to Kebaya for the ladies and Baju Melayu to Baju Jawi for the men, the many outfits show the richness of Malay fashion culture.

Do you know that these outfits belong to specific Malay ethnicities in the region? The “Fashion Forward” Paper Doll Set gives you the chance to own traditional costumes from some of the different Malay ethnicities – Banjarese, Baweanese, Bugis, Javanese, Malay and Minangkabau. Get to know the names of these outfits, the materials used to make them and the symbolism behind some of the fashion accessories.

Create your own look with the outfits and accessories from our “Fashion Forward” Paper Doll Set! Available for collection at the Visitor Services Centre with a small donation.

While stocks last, redemption upon donation.

What’s Nenek’s Occupation?

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre
Date: 29 Jan to 31 Jul 2022
Time: 10am to 6pm (last admission at 5.30pm, and closed on Mon)
Fee: Admission is free

Put on your detective hat because Agent Laila has a mission for you!

Uncover the occupation of Laila’s grandmother through this detective game where you would need to solve riddles and quests in the mission cards. The answers will be clues that will lead you to a location in the exhibition for the grand reveal. Are you game to take up this operation, little detective agent?

Students and families can explore the MHC’s latest exhibition, Cerita (Stories) through this self-exploratory hunt game and learn about various aspects of Malay culture, heritage and arts that.

Available in English and Malay.

Tales from the Nusantara Storytelling Video Series

Photo Credit: Malay Heritage Centre

Staying home during the school holidays can be a lot of fun with our storytelling series showcasing folktales from the Nusantara (Malay world)! Check out our YouTube Channel for pre-recorded storytelling videos that you can tune in at home or in school.

Activity sheets in both Malay and English are available for download for selected videos.

View the series for free at here.

I am a Little Jewellery Designer

Photo Credit: Malay Heritage Centre

Did you know that a diamond village called “Kampong Intan” used to exist in Singapore? It was bustling with diamond traders and jewellery designers!

Join our friends Laila and Oreo in this interactive video game where you can harvest your own intan (diamond), polish it and set it in a beautiful piece of jewellery. Your creation will also be available for download as an image file to keep forever.

Pssst.. redeem a specially designed sticker at the MHC if you flash your creation- while stocks last!

Access this online game here for free.

My First Wayang Kulit Show

Photo Credit: Malay Heritage Centre

Explore the wonders of wayang kulit together with Laila in this interactive online game! Get a chance to be a little dalang (puppeteer), put up your first Ramayana performance and get a chance to learn what goes on behind the screen in a wayang kulit show.

Access this online game here for free.

Festival Bangsawan Singapura – Bangsawan Sang Nila Utama by Anggerik Temasek Bangsawan

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre
Date: 5 to 9 Aug 2022
Time: 8.30pm
Fee: $23 | Buy tickets here 

In celebration of the Festival Bangsawan Singapura and National Day 2022, Anggerik Temasek Bangsawan presents Sang Nila Utama, a Bangsawan (Malay Opera) production that traces our Singapura founder's lineage, his heritage and his journey as accorded by the Malay Annals (Hikayat Melayu). The production will be performed OUTDOORS at The Lawn of the Malay Heritage Centre (Taman Warisan Melayu) at Kampung Gelam. As this production is performed ala Bangsawan-under-the-stars concept, patrons are advised to bring along picnic mats for the family-friendly operatic entertainment, and foldable stools or seats for the elders, or those needing elevated seatings.


  • Children aged 10 and below, accompanied by parents or family members enter shows at The Lawn for free.
  • Children coming in school groups, full ticket pricing applies.

Performances will also be subjected to weather conditions. Ticket holders of cancelled shows due to inclement weather conditions can use their tickets for another show during the performance period between 5 to 9 August 2022. No refunds will be permitted, including a possible cancellation of the last show, on the 9 August 2022 due to weather conditions.

Presented in Malay with English subtitles.

Festival Bangsawan Singapura – The “Extra Turns” of Bangsawan by Perkumpulan Seni

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre Auditorium
Date: 7 Aug 2022
Time: 2.30pm
Fee: $12 | Buy tickets here

In celebration of the Festival Bangsawan Singapura, Perkumpulan Seni presents The "Extra Turns" of Bangsawan, which is also known as entertainment performances in between scenes to facilitate the production's set changes. These Extra Turns can range from songs, dance to stand-up comedy. In its heyday, some of the members in the audience came just to watch the Extra Turns in Bangsawan, as they feature famous prima donnas enticing the audience with their beautiful singing. 

Festival Bangsawan Singapura – Bangsawan in Dance: Dendam Berahi by Sri Warisan Som Said Performing Arts Ltd

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre Auditorium
Date: 9 Aug 2022
Time: 2pm
Fee: $12 | Buy tickets here

In celebration of the Festival Bangsawan Singapura, Sri Warisan Som Said Performing Arts Limited presents Bangsawan in Dance - Dendam Berahi. It was staged in 1998 and was produced by Mdm Som Said, a Cultural Medallion recipient. It was then a 2-hour presentation performed at The Singapore Festival of the Arts. This time round, the refreshed presentation uses dance and movements to showcase the grace and beauty of Bangsawan's ethics and etiquettes in an entertaining yet educational manner, all presented against animated backdrops. Not only is the storyline captivating, Dendam Berahi showcases elements of Bangsawan like its signature tune, songs, poetry and magic in this spectacle. Dendam Berahi has toured at international festivals such as New York, Germany, Spain, Italy, China, Philippine, Brazil and Russia.

Festival Bangsawan Singapura – Rintihan Engku Puteri by Variasi Performing Arts

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre Auditorium
Date: 13 Aug 2022
Time: 1.30pm
Fee: $12 | Buy tickets here

In celebration of the Festival Bangsawan Singapura, Variasi Performing Arts presents Rintihan Engku Puteri, as a Queen of Sultan Mahmud Syah lll and had an important role in the Malay Kingdom of Riau, Lingga, Johor and Pahang. She lived in the Penyengat Island till the end of her life in 1844. Apart from the historical accounts of Srikandi Tun Fatimah, Tun Teja, Puteri Hang Li Poh and Mahsuri, Engku Puteri was a heroine known to have fought against the British and the Dutch. Engku Puteri was the holder of 40 Malay regalia - but only 5 could be saved during her time - namely the Cigan, Keris Panjang, Sayap Sandaq, Tepak Sirih and Ketor. This true story documents Engku Puteri's perseverance and fight against the criticisms and submissions she had to endure. The performance of the aristocrats within a contemporary concept will be centered around Raja Ali Haji, whose nephew was also the son of Raja Haji Ahmad (Engku Hj Tua) - through whose writings we learnt that he'd witnessed important past events that had left Engku Puteri grieving.

Festival Bangsawan Singapura – 'Syair dan Perkembangannya' dan 'Puteri Dewi Gemala' by Sriwana

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre Auditorium
Date: 13 Aug 2022
Time: 4.30pm
Fee: $12 | Buy tickets here

In celebration of the Festival Bangsawan Singapura, Sriwana presents 'Syair dan Perkembangannya' (Poetry and its Development) and Bangsawan 'Puteri Dewi Gemala'. The 30-minute poetry forum segment will be presented by Mr. Afi Hanafi, and Cikgu Khaziah Yem as the moderator, followed by a 45-minute segment showcasing an excerpt of an intricate Bangsawan play, 'Puteri Dewi Gemala'.

Festival Bangsawan Singapura – Malam Dendang Warisan

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre Auditorium
Date: 13 Aug 2022
Time: 8.30pm
Fee: $12 | Buy tickets here

In celebration of Festival Bangsawan Singapura, Gendang Akustika presents Malam Dendang Warisan, an orchestral concert of Bangsawan music from the past and a rehash of familiar tunes in traditional contemporary styles. For the first time, Gendang Akustika will also perform its own songs such as 'Joget Kota Singa' and 'Di Tanah Itu', songs that are expected to be the tune and the traditional successor to the heritage of our nation and country.

Forum on Bangsawan Singapura: Revival of an almost extinct platform

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre Auditorium
Date: 20 Aug 2022
Time: 2pm
Fee: $10 (reimbursable)

In recent years, the Malay Opera called Bangsawan has seen some kind of revival. From Raden Mas Bangsawan to Teater Ekamatra’s recreation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in bangsawan format, it is clear that bangsawan is finding new ways to remain relevant. We speak to Noor Azhar from Sri Anggerik Bangsawan to get his view on how bangsawan has managed to remain relevant after seemingly disappearing for over a decade.

Mapping the Silat Groups of Singapore

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre Auditorium
Date: 17 Sep 2022
Time: 2pm
Fee: $10 (reimbursable)

Dr Effendy Abdul Hamid has spent the last 3 years documenting silat groups in Singapore. His research unpacked their historical roots, philosophy and signature moves. Join us in this sharing where you can get a chance to see some exciting silat demonstrations.

    Programmes by the Indian Heritage Centre

    National Day Celebrations @ Indian Heritage Centre (IHC)

    Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
    Date: 9 Aug 2022
    Time: 10am to 6pm
    Fee: Free

    Join us and celebrate Singapore's 57th birthday at the IHC! Come have fun with FREE admission to our galleries and guided tours!

    Little Adventurers at Indian Heritage Centre – Prints & Colours

    Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
    Date: 3 to 11 Sep 2022
    Time: 10am to 6pm | Register here 

    This September school holidays ‘Little Adventurers’ returns to IHC! Calling all Little Adventurers to join us for the ‘Prints & Colours’ edition of our school holiday programmes. Drop by the centre and have a fun family crafting session with our craft activities. Sign up for our workshops and unleash your children’s creativity!

    For more details, please visit the IHC website.

    While stocks last and one per child.


    Programmes by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH)

    Racial Harmony Day Open House Celebrations @Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

    • LIVE Showcase and Appreciation of Traditional/Classical Musical Instruments

    Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall 2nd Floor Gallery
    Date: 30 & 31 Jul 2022
    Time: 11am to 11.45am & 2.30pm to 3.15pm
    Fee: Free

    Do you know much about traditional musical instruments such as the oud, Indian bamboo flute and the dizi. How do they sound and do they have anything in common? Come with your friends and family to enjoy a live performance by 3 classical musicians and at the same time, learn more about these instruments.

    • Free drop-in craft activities

    Photo Credit: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

    Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall Little Paradise Room
    Date: 30 & 31 Jul 2022
    Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm
    Fee: Free

    Learn about the shared commonalities across the major ethnic cultures in Singaporeans. Fun drop-in activities have been planned at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall where you can customize your own unique tote bags with block prints or make your own shadow puppet figurines!

    • Special Exhibition Guided Tours

     Photo Credit: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

    Date: 30 Jul 2022
    Time: 10.30am to 11.30am (Mandarin) | 1.30pm to 2.30pm (English)
    Fee: Free, on a first come, first served basis

    Delve into the world of Nian Hua, woodblock prints used in the past to decorate Chinese homes for the Lunar New Year with a guided tour of our Nian Hua: Of Deities, Guardians and Auspicious Art special exhibition!

    • Permanent Gallery Guided Tours

    Photo Credit: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

    Date: 30 & 31 Jul 2022
    Time: 11.30am to 12.30pm (Mandarin) | 3.30pm to 4.30pm (English)
    Fee: Free, on a first come, first served basis

    Join us for a guided tour of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and hear the stories behind this century-old villa that trace Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s revolutionary activities in Southeast Asia. Gain valuable insights on the impact of the 1911 Revolution on Singapore, as well as Singapore’s contributions to the Revolution.

    Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Installation: Celestial Bodies

    Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
    Date: 16 Aug to 25 Sep 2022
    Time: 10am to 9pm

    Produced by Taiwan’s Kai 3D Art Studio, in collaboration with the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Celestial Bodies is an outdoor installation comprising spherical lanterns featuring five of the artist’s characters: Moon, Earth, Sun, Saturn and Mercury. The installation pays tribute to the moon which is at its brightest and roundest on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

    Surrounded by other planets, Celestial Bodies symbolises the joyous union of family and friends, and represents the collective wish of Singaporeans to be able to get together and reunite with our loved ones, both locally and overseas, during this period when the COVID-19 safe management measures are eased. It will be on display on the lawn of the Memorial Hall.

    Nian Hua: Of Guardians, Deities and Auspicious Art Exhibition

    Photo Credit: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

    Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
    Date: 21 Jan to 25 Sep 2022
    Time: 10am to 5pm (last admission at 4.30pm, closed on Mon)
    Fee: Free admission for all Singaporeans and PRs; admission charges apply for non-Singaporeans/PRs

    A collaboration between SYSNMH and Three Gorges Museum in Chongqing, this special exhibition showcases new year prints from different provinces of China produced during the Qing dynasty and Republican period. Since the iconography of these prints was deeply rooted in popular beliefs and folk customs, a close examination of these prints provides insights into the rarely documented attitudes and values of the common people in China in the past.

    Visit To Changi Chapel and Museum

    Photo Credit: Changi Chapel and Museum

    Photo Credit: Changi Chapel and Museum

    Address: 1000 Upper Changi Road North, Singapore 507707
    Opening Hours: 9.30am to 5.30pm, Tue to Sun (Closed every Mon except Public Holidays, Last admission at 5pm)
    Fee: Free admission for Citizens & PRs

    The Changi Chapel and Museum tells the story of the prisoners of war and civilians interned in Changi prison camp during the Japanese Occupation. Managed by the National Museum of Singapore, the Changi Museum was revamped and reopened in May 2021. The revamped museum features new content and artefacts, including stories and personal objects collected from families of former internees, presented in an intimate and engaging format. The museum’s narrative is centred on remembrance and reflection, encouraging visitors to contemplate both the hardships that the internees underwent, as well as their courage and resilience in the face of difficulties.

    Reflections at Bukit Chandu

    Photo Credit: Reflections at Bukit Chandu

    Photo Credit: Reflections at Bukit Chandu

    Address: 31-K Pepys Road, Singapore 118458
    Opening Hours: 9.30am to 5pm, Tue to Sun (Closed every Mon except Public Holidays, Last admission at 4.30pm)
    Fee: Free admission for Citizens & PRs

    Reflections at Bukit Chandu is a World War Two interpretative centre that commemorates the battle of Pasir Panjang and the men of the Malay Regiment who fought in it, as well as the history of Bukit Chandu itself. Housed in a bungalow that is closely connected to the site’s history, the interpretative centre uses immersive experiences and contextual artefacts to present a multi-faceted look at Bukit Chandu and Pasir Panjang, while inviting visitors to reflect on our nation’s wartime experience and the brave sacrifice of the soldiers.


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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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