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This July and August, 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
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.

The exhibition will launch at Gardens by the Bay before travelling to venues islandwide.

Community Gallery Tours

Community Gallery Tours: Discover Kreta Ayer’s Food Heritage (English)

Venue: Kreta Ayer Heritage Gallery
Date: 30 Jul 2022
Time: 2pm to 3.30pm & 2.30pm to 4pm (2 runs of the same tour)
Fee: $5 | Buy tickets here (Registration will commence about two weeks before the respective tour runs)

Within Singapore’s largest historic district of Chinatown lies Kreta Ayer, which plays host to a famed food culture that spans generations. Join us on this exciting walking tour to visit a selection of the precinct’s notable food shops and stalls and learn about their gourmet heritage!

This session is open to all ages. Kindly note that there will not be any food tasting during the tour.

Community Gallery Tours: Discover Geylang Serai’s Food Heritage (English)

Venue: Geylang Serai Heritage Gallery
Date: 31 Jul 2022
Time: 1pm to 2.30pm & 1.30pm to 3pm (2 runs of the same tour)
Fee: $5 | Buy tickets here (Registration will commence about two weeks before the respective tour runs)

Geylang Serai is home to an abundant variety of food and spices that tell the heritage of the area. Come along with us on a walking tour to explore local dishes and ingredients both familiar and new!

This session is open to all ages. Kindly note that there will not be any food tasting during the tour.

Monumental Walking Tours

Monumental Makeovers

Date: 9 Jul 2022
Time: 10am to 11.30am
Fee: $5 (Standard) | $3 (Student/Senior Citizen) | Register here

Join a veteran museum guide for a behind-the-scenes look at the transformation of monuments into museums, complete with unique stories and personal anecdotes!

Monuments covered: Former Empress Place Building (now Asian Civilisations Museum), Former City Hall and Former Supreme Court (now National Gallery Singapore), Former Tao Nan School (now The Peranakan Museum).

Diaspora: Armenians and Jews in Singapore

Date: 17 Jul 2022
Time: 4.30pm to 6pm
Fee: $5 (Standard) | $3 (Student/Senior Citizen) | Register here

In 19th century Singapore, a small number of Armenian and Jewish traders and merchants settled here and set up places of worship. This tour through the Armenian Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator, the oldest Christina church in Singapore, and the Maghain Aboth Synagogue, the oldest Jewish synagogue in Southeast Asia, provide insights on these two communities who thrived through enterprise and hard work. Learn more about prominent Armenians and Jews in Singapore such as the Sarkies brothers (the Armenian founders of Raffles Hotel) and David Marshall (Singapore’s first Chief Minister, who was Jewish).

Monuments covered: Armenian Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator and Maghian Aboth Synagogue.

Remembering The Old Waterfront

Date: 30 Jul 2022
Time: : 10am to 11.30am
Fee: $5 (Standard) | $3 (Student/Senior Citizen) | Register here

Towering with skyscrapers, Singapore’s waterfront gleams with modernity. As the country has progressed over the years, its waterfront too has been transformed. Visit three landmarks that once graced the island’s old waterfront and testify to her growth from colony to nation. Journey in the shadow of Singapore’s shoreline and trace the footsteps of her development with Remembering Singapore’s Old Waterfront.

Monuments covered: Yueh Hai Ching Temple, Former Telok Ayer Market (Lau Pa Sat), Clifford Pier (Fullerton Bay Hotel).

Our Stars and Crescent Moon

Date: 7, 13, 21 & 27 Aug 2022
Time: : 10am to 11.30am
Fee: $5 (Standard) | $3 (Student/Senior Citizen) | Register 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).

Racial Harmony Day Programmes

Celebrate Racial Harmony Day: Delicious Heirlooms - Our Hawker Heroes

Date: 16 Jul 2022
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Fee: Buy tickets here

Hawker centres are open-air eateries with food stalls that sell a mouth-watering variety of affordably priced food. They are spread across our island and serve as “community dining rooms”, where friends and families gather, interact and bond over their shared love for food. They also serve as vibrant communal spaces that promote social cohesion, moderate the cost of living and foster a common national identity based on shared experiences, values, and norms. Join us to explore the contributions of our hawkers and how we can preserve the precious hawker culture that unites us!

This session is open to all ages and will be conducted in English.

Celebrate Racial Harmony Day: My Family Stories of Racial Harmony

Date: 16 Jul 2022
Time: 2pm to 3.30pm
Fee: Buy tickets here

Racial Harmony Day is held annually in Singapore on 21 July. On this day, Singaporeans celebrate our diverse, cross-cultural character, and reflect on the importance of fostering harmony and understanding among all communities in our nation. Organised in collaboration with Genealogy Society Singapore, join us as we reflect on the important national values we embrace through their family and grassroots stories, from kampong days in the 1960s to the integrated housing communities of today!

This session is open to all ages and will be conducted in English.

Celebrate Racial Harmony Day: Make Your Own Kueh Clay Art Keychain!

Date: 16 Jul 2022
Time: 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Fee: Buy tickets here

A staple of the Singaporean food culture, kueh (or kuih in Malay) are traditional snacks that are often made from glutinous rice, coconut, and gula melaka (palm sugar). Commonly associated with the Peranakan and Malay cultures, kueh in Singapore today also carry influences of other culinary traditions that are part of our culinary heritage. Join us to craft colourful food keychains of your favourite kueh with air dry clay art!

This session is open to all ages and will be conducted in English.

Programmes by Children’s Museum Singapore

The Expert Series: Giving Your Child the Gift of Mental Toughness

Photo Credit: Children’s Museum Singapore

Venue: Online, via Microsoft Teams
Date: 9 Jul 2022
Time: 10.30am to 11.30am
Fee: $5 refundable deposit | Register here

Being able to take on life’s challenges and overcome setbacks will help children to thrive. In this online workshop led by family coach Ms Carol Loi, parents and educators will learn how to help children develop mental toughness skills to better manage stress in different areas of their lives. Interactive activities such as role-play will be conducted during the session. Participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences with one another.

Children aged 7 and above are also welcome to join the session with their parents.

Programmes by the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC)

Racial Harmony Day Open House Celebrations @Malay Heritage Centre

  • Craft Workshop: Block Printing on Notebook

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre, Courtyard 1
Date: 23 & 24 Jul 2022
Time: 11am to 4pm
Fee: Free (Drop-in activity)

Be your own designer and try your hand at block printing on notebooks with designs inspired by the artefacts from the Malay Heritage Centre’s Cerita (Stories) special exhibition.

  • Craft-efact!: Keris & Haj Belt

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre, Courtyard 1
Date: 23 & 24 Jul 2022
Time: 11am to 4pm
Fee: Free (Drop-in activity)

Look out for the keris and haj belt at the Cerita (Stories) special exhibition and create your own in our Craft-efact! activities. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll be able to learn!

  • Taste of Culture: A Cooking Demo by Ruqxana, Cookery Magic

Photo Credit: Malay Heritage Centre

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre, Courtyard 1
Date:
23 & 24 Jul 2022
Time:
5pm to 6pm
Fee:
Free

Celebrate Racial Harmony Day in the best way we all know how – through food! Join Ruqxana, from Cookery Magic, as she demonstrates her recipe of an iconic dish that combines Chinese, Indian, and Malay flavours. You’ll get to taste it and bring a copy of the recipe to try it yourself at home!

  • Tales from the Nusantara: Kain Songket Ibu (Mother’s Songket)

Photo Credit: Malay Heritage Centre

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre, Permanent & Special Exhibition Galleries
Date: 24 Jul 2022
Time: 11am to 12.30pm (English) | 2pm to 3.30pm (Malay)
Fee: $8

Ibu (Mother) gifted a songket (woven textile) to Danial. Overjoyed, Danial decided to wear it as a samping (waist wrap) to school on Racial Harmony Day. He bolted around with joy but little did he know, a mishap was set to befall upon him. Will Danial be able to care for this precious gift?

Embark on an adventure with Danial to find out whether he succeeded in doing so in the story of Kain Songket Ibu. This interactive storytelling session will be brought to you by Shahril Samri. Shahril is the founder of Pantunism, a platform which aims to promote the art of Pantun (Malay Poetry). He also loves imparting the importance of the Malay language to children. Following the session, join a guided tour session of Malay Heritage Centre’s final special exhibition Cerita (Stories) to see artefacts related to the story.

Suitable for families & caregivers with pre-school children and above!

  • Cerita Special Guided Tours

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre, Special Exhibition Galleries
Date & Time: TBC (More details will be shared on Malay Heritage Centre’s platforms once ready)

Come discover the fascinating stories behind the artefacts on display at the Cerita (Stories) special exhibition in this special guided tour.

  • Rentak Warisan: Racial Harmony Special

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre Auditorium & Online
Date: 27 Jul 2022
Time: 8pm
Fee: $10

Rentak Warisan is a bi-monthly showcase in collaboration with Singapore's original Malay music ensemble, Sri Mahligai. The programme aims to promote upcoming Malay Heritage Centre activities while entertaining audiences with thematically selected songs. For the Racial Harmony installment, the band will feature songs that have elements of multiculturalism and the adaptation of musical traditions for other cultures.

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.

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.

A Timely Collage: Cerita Dramatised Tour

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre
Date: Saturdays in June
Time: 11am and 1pm
Fee: $15 | Register here

Take a peek into the lives of a Singapore prince, an entrepreneurial lady and female artists from Singapore’s past. Listen to their dreams and be captivated by their stories in this specially commissioned dramatised tour.

In-Gallery Conversations

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre
Date: 4 Jun 2022 (TBC)
Time: 11am to 12pm
Fee: $5 refundable deposit | Register here

Have you ever wondered how some of our exhibition lenders came to acquire or inherit the objects that you see in our exhibitions?

Join us in these monthly no-frills sessions between curator and lender, as we gain personal insights into their stories and motivations for collecting and supporting the Cerita exhibition!

Conversation will mainly be in English. Due to the size of our exhibition gallery, the capacity is limited so grab your seats fast!

Children’s Season

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre
Date: Jun 2022
Time: 10am to 6pm
Fee: Ticketed | Register here

In this year’s Heritage Hunt, the Heritage Hunters will go on a self-guided quest to uncover various stories from Singapore’s past through the Cerita Special Exhibition. Heritage Hunter will get a goodie bag with exclusive Heritage Hunt giveaways.

  • This programme is strictly for kids between ages 6 to 12 years
  • Please present your electronic or printed ticket(s) in order to join this programme at the Visitor Service Counter
  • All kids must be accompanied by (1) parent/guardian

Programmes by the Indian Heritage Centre

Racial Harmony Day Open House Celebrations @Indian Heritage Centre

  • Banana Leaf Dining Etiquette Workshop

Photo Credit: Indian Heritage Centre

Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
Date: 16 & 17 Jul 2022
Time: 11.30am (2h)
Fee: $10 | Register here

There’s something magical about food when it’s steeped in tradition; the experience becomes an opportunity to appreciate culture. This Racial Harmony Day, come learn the art and etiquette of Indian banana leaf dining, experience eating a traditional Tamil vegetarian meal by hand & get to know the nuances behind the serving sequence of the vegetarian meal.

Suitable for children aged 12 years and above.

  • Experiential Little India Discovery Trail

Photo Credit: Indian Heritage Centre

Meeting Point: Indian Heritage Centre
Date: 16 & 17 Jul 2022
Time: 10.30am (1.5h)
Fee: $10 | Register here

Sign up for a guided cultural trail this Racial Harmony Day and journey through one of the most colourful historical precincts where goldsmiths, textile merchants and spice traders showcase the cross-cultural commonalities that are uniquely Singaporean!

Suitable for children aged 12 years and above.

  • Free Drop-in Activities

Photo Credit: Indian Heritage Centre

Venue: Indian Heritage Centre Lobby
Date: 16 & 17 Jul 2022
Time: 10am to 4pm
Fee: Free

Get creative as a family! Create your own banana leaf bookmarks and design customised brooches with ornate Indian motifs! There is also FREE henna and other fun-filled family activities when you visit the Indian Heritage Centre! No registration required.

  • LIVE Cultural Performances @ Indian Heritage Centre

Photo Credit: Indian Heritage Centre

Venue: Indian Heritage Centre Lobby
Date: 16 & 17 Jul 2022
Time: 11am, 1pm & 3pm (1h per set)
Fee: Free

Get up and dance or sit back and watch as we present an energising line-up of multi-racial cultural performances to usher in Racial Harmony Day celebrations at Indian Heritage Centre.

  • Permanent Gallery Guided Tours

Photo Credit: Indian Heritage Centre

Meeting Point: Indian Heritage Centre Lobby
Date: 16 & 17 Jul 2022
Time: 2pm (45min)
Fee: Free, on a first come, first served basis

Come down to Indian Heritage Centre for a free guided tour of our permanent galleries. Learn about the rich history, culture and heritage of the Indian community in Singapore with our museum guide.

Join us on this tour to discover star artefacts that include the spectacular late 19th-century Chettinad Doorway and the mesmerising tiled Multan façade, and many more.

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.


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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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