National Heritage Board | December 2023 & January 2024 Happenings!



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

So much is happening in the year end of 2023 and beginning of 2024 across the venues managed by the National Heritage Board! Here's a closer look at what you can expect in the months of December and January:

Speak Mandarin Campaign Family Talent Competition 2024 ā€“ Registration Opens

Date: 3 Jan to 29 Feb 2024

Jointly organised by the Promote Mandarin Council, CHIJ St. Nicholas Girlsā€™ School (Primary), Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning (CPCLL) and PCF Sparkletots Preschool, the Speak Mandarin Campaign Family Talent Competition is a nationwide competition that provides immersive opportunities for children to learn Mandarin, and for families to bond and have fun concurrently.

More information will be released closer to the date.

Monumental Hunt in the Civic District

Photo Credit: PSM

Date: TBC
Time: 9.30am to 12pm
Fee: $55 per participant | Register here

Set off on a fun-filled puzzle hunt in the Civic District! Inspired by escape rooms and treasure hunts, participants go on an immersive outdoor expedition featuring nine National Monuments in the area. Facilitated and guided by a game master, get ready to put on your thinking caps to decode the puzzles and discover fascinating facts about these historic buildings and sites along the way!

Note: This Monumental Hunt will be recurring and takes place every 3rd Saturday of the month.

Programmes by the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC)

Katha & Kali - Interactive in special exhibition

Photo Credit: Indian Heritage Centre

Venue:Ā Indian Heritage Centre
Date:Ā now to 15 Sep 2024
Fee:Ā Free

Step into the world of Kathakali at our digital interactive exhibition. Discover the different characters that are commonly found in a Kathakali performance; learn a mudra or hand gesture demonstrated by these characters; transform into your favourite Kathakali character; snap a picture of yourself and send the saved image to your email! Donā€™t forget to post your picture on your social media account and tag us @Indianheritage_sg!

For more information, please visitĀ the IHCĀ website.Ā 

Ente Veedu, My Home: Malayalees in Singapore

Venue:Ā Indian Heritage Centre

Date:Ā now to 15 Sep 2024
Time: 10am to 6pm
Fee: Free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents

The Indian Heritage Centreā€™s sixth special exhibition and third community co-curated exhibition celebrates the Singapore Malayalee community. The tangible and intangible aspects of the rich history and heritage of the Malayalees will be showcased through a display of artefacts and stories, along with a variety of programmes offered in collaboration with the community.

For more information, please visitĀ the IHCĀ website.Ā 

Open House: Ente Veedu, My Home: Malayalees in Singapore

Photo Credit: Indian Heritage Centre

Venue:Ā Indian Heritage Centre
Date:Ā 2 & 3 Dec 2023
Time:Ā 10am to 6pm
Fee: Free admission for all on weekends

Get ready for an electrifying start to the Indian Heritage Centreā€™s sixth special exhibition, 'Ente Veedu, My Home: Malayalees in Singapore.' Join us for two action-packed weekends filled with LIVE cultural performances, immersive workshops, and delightful craft activities that is guaranteed to be fun for all!

For more information, please visit this link.Ā 

Craft Corner

Photo Credit: Indian Heritage Centre

Venue:Ā Indian Heritage Centre
Date:Ā 

  • now to 31 Dec 2023: Theyyam headgear
  • 2 to 3 Dec 2023: Pookalam & Nilavillaku Lamps

Fee:Ā Free

Get Crafty at our Open House for the special exhibition Ente Veedu, My Home: Malayalees in Singapore. This interactive experience offers a unique opportunity to engage with Malayalee culture through hands-on creativity.

Create your own Theyyam headgear, craft intricate crepe paper pookalam, mould air-dry clay Nilavilakku lamps and strike a pose at our traditional dance photo-op. Our craft corner promises to be an enriching and delightful experience for visitors of all ages.

*While stocks last

For more information, please visit thisĀ link.Ā 

Young explorer Special Exhibition guide on SMARTIFY

Venue:Ā Indian Heritage Centre
Date:Ā now to 15 Sep 2024
Fee:Ā Free

Empower your child's cultural journey with the Indian Heritage Centreā€™s child-friendly exhibition guide for the special exhibition Ente Veedu, My Home: Malayalees in Singapore. This guide is designed to make cultural exploration accessible and engaging for young learners and to make it an enriching experience for families. Download the SMARTIFY app and embark on an enriching adventure in Malayalee heritage together!

For more information, please visit thisĀ link.Ā 

Kathakali Workshop, Performance and Face-Painting by Bhaskarā€™s Arts Academy

Venue: Indian Heritage Centre

Date and Time:

  • 2 Dec 2023: 1pm to 5pm
  • 3 Dec 2023: 10.30am to 2pm

Fee: $10 for child, $5 for accompanying adult | Register here

Discover the ancient art of Kathakali, a vibrant South Indian dance form, with Bhaskar's Arts Academy. Kids will be enchanted by this unique opportunity to learn the basics of Kathakali, including intricate steps, expressive hand gestures and mesmerising eye movements.

A free Kathakali performance will follow the workshop, allowing children to witness the magic of this traditional art form. In addition, children will have the chance to participate in a free Kathakali face painting activity at IHCā€™s lobby.

Don't miss this chance to introduce your children to the mesmerising world of Kathakali! Join us at Indian Heritage Centre for an unforgettable experience as part of our special exhibition Ente Veedu, My Home: Malayalees in Singapore.

This workshop is open to all children aged 5 years and above. Children aged below 7 are to be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, please visit thisĀ linkĀ or this link to register.

Programmes by the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC)

Tales from the Nusantara: The Gift of the Crocodile

Photo Credit: Malay Heritage Centre

Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens
Date: 12 Dec 2023
Time: 11am to 12.30pm
Fee: $16 per parent & child pair, $8 per additional child | Register hereĀ 

Come and meet Damura, a kind and beautiful girl, and find out about her encounter with an unusual fairy godmother, Grandmother Crocodile.

Join Hafiz Rashid, Malay Heritage Centreā€™s (MHC) storyteller and docent, as he brings you through the enchanting Indonesian adaptation of the well-loved Cinderella story. Thereafter, you will be able to learn about plants featured in the story during a tour around the Centre for Ethnobotany and create your own mini crocodile!

This storytelling session is organised by MHC in collaboration with Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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.

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 ā€œKampong Intanā€ 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.

    Programmes by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

    Connections Across Oceans: Early Chinese Mutual Aid Organisations

    Photo Credit: SYSNMH

    Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
    Date:Ā now to 10 Dec 2023
    Time: Tue to Sun, 10am to 5pm (Last Admission 4.30pm)

    In partnership with C.V. Starr East Asian Library, University of California, Berkeley, this exhibition traces the ebb and flow of mutual aid organisations throughout the 19th and 20th centuries in Singapore and San Francisco. Uncover the stories of mutual aid organisations such as Hongmen, locality -based and surname-based organisations and learn about their roles in supporting early Chinese migrant communities.

    Wan Qing Plays: Singapore 1889

    Photo Credit: SYSNMH

    Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
    Date:Ā 10 Dec 2023
    Time: 10.30am to 1pm
    Fee: $8 per pax

    What happened in Singapore during 1889? Join us in this limited-time only tabletop card game session where you take on the role of a Chinese merchant in the time leading up to the passing of Societies Ordinance. Manipulate the market and the value of your goods through strategy and accumulate the most points at the end of the game to win! The session is accompanied by a guided tour of the Connections Across Oceans: Early Chinese Mutual Aid Organisations special exhibition to further enhance your gameplay experience.Ā 

    Lost in Time: The Case of the Missing Researcher

    Photo Credit: SYSNMH

    Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
    Date:Ā 9 & 10 Dec 2023
    Time: 2.30pm to 4pm & 4pm to 5.30pm
    Fee: $8 per pax

    You and your team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a renowned researcher who has vanished while studying a mysterious 19th century artefact. To find and rescue the researcher, you and your team will need to navigate through twists and turns to uncover clues and solve puzzles. Can you locate the missing researcher and bring him back to safety before it's too late?

    For more information, please visit Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hallā€™s (SYSNMH) websiteĀ and Facebook page throughout the period.

    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 museumā€™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 & PRsĀ 

    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 siteā€™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 nationā€™s wartime experience and the brave sacrifice of the soldiers.

    Programmes by Childrenā€™s Museum Singapore

    The Marvellous Sugee Cake

    Photo Credit: Childrenā€™s Museum Singapore

    Venue:Ā Childrenā€™s Museum Singapore
    Date:Ā 5, 6 & 7 Dec 2023
    Time:Ā 2pm to 3pm
    Fee: $10 per child, with 1 free accompanying adult |Ā RegisterĀ hereĀ (via the ā€œProgrammesā€ tab)

    Simonā€™s family always makes sugee cake on special occasions. And today is one of those days. Itā€™s Simonā€™s seventh birthday! He canā€™t wait to bite into a slice. But when Simon sits down to enjoy his treat, things donā€™t go as planned. Or so it seems, for unbeknown to Simon, his friends and family have been planning a birthday surprise for him ā€“ one that involves a marvellous sugee cake!

    Join childrenā€™s book author and illustrator, Quek Hong Shin in this fun storytelling session that involves games such as quiz time and pass the parcel! This storytelling session is presented by the Speak Good English Movement. This programme is part of Childrenā€™s Museum Singaporeā€™s first birthday celebrations.

    Recommended for 4 to 8 years old.

    What on Earth is a Birthday?

    Photo Credit: Childrenā€™s Museum Singapore

    Venue:Ā Childrenā€™s Museum Singapore
    Date: 9 & 10Ā Dec 2023
    Time:Ā 4pm to 5.45pm
    Fee:Ā $25 per child, with 1 free accompanying adult |Ā RegisterĀ hereĀ (via the ā€œProgrammesā€ tab)

    What do birthday celebrations mean to you? Is it just about gifts? Is it about the cake or the food? Or is it a time to gather your family and friends? Join us on an adventure to planet Zoink with our alien friends as they find out how birthdays are celebrated on planet Earth. In this session, you will enjoy an interactive performance and craft activity, as well as a game of BINGO to find out more about birthdays! This programme is a collaboration between Childrenā€™s Museum Singapore and LASALLE College of the Arts and is part of Childrenā€™s Museum Singaporeā€™s first birthday celebrations. Recommended for 5 to 9 years old.

    Little Me, Big Dreams (Exploration Trail Booklet)

    Photo Credit: Childrenā€™s Museum Singapore

    Venue: Childrenā€™s Museum Singapore
    Date:Ā 30 Nov 2023
    Time: 11.00am to 12.45pm
    Fee: $8 per child | Register hereĀ 

    Embark on an exciting exploration with WonderBot to discover the remarkable life and achievements of our first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew! Unleash your imagination, be inspired by his legacy, and explore the endless possibilities of your own dreams. Join us on this self-guided adventure and redeem a token upon completion of the missions!

    Age recommendation: 5 to 12 years old

    Little Red Dot - Mystery Box Challenge

    Photo Credit: Childrenā€™s Museum Singapore

    Venue: Childrenā€™s Museum Singapore
    Date:Ā 30 Nov 2023
    Time: 2pm to 3pm
    Fee: $12 per child, with 1 free accompanying adult | Register hereĀ 

    Join us in celebrating the beauty of Singapore, also known as Little Red Dot, and unleash your creativity in this Mystery Box Challenge! Create your very own masterpiece that is inspired by our exhibition ā€œThe Boy Who Became Prime Ministerā€ as you receive a mystery box of loose craft materials supported by Preschool Market. Redeem a token upon completion of your challenge!

    Age recommendation: 5 to 12 years old

    Samā€™s Little Red Box (Dramatised Storytelling)

    Photo Credit: Childrenā€™s Museum Singapore

    Venue: Childrenā€™s Museum Singapore
    Date: 30 Nov 2023
    Time: 4pm to 5pm
    Fee: $18 per child, with 1 free accompanying adult | Register hereĀ 

    Take a peek into Samā€™s little red box and listen to the treasure trove of stories that she has to share about how one manā€™s dreams and vision brought Singapore to what it is today. Join Sam in envisioning your very own Singapore by creating a diorama that celebrates your dream for our nation! Samā€™s Little Red Box is a dramatised storytelling performance and craft created by Zip Zap Zoom Collective to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mr Lee Kuan Yewā€™s birth.

    Age recommendation: 5 to 12 years old



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    Leona Quek
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