National Heritage Board | April & May 2024 Happenings!



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

So much is happening this April and May across the venues managed by the National Heritage Board! Here's a closer look at what you can expect in these two months:

Tamil Language Festival 2024

Venue: Various locations in Singapore
Date: 30 Mar to 25 Apr 2024  
Time: Please refer to the calendar of events here 
Fee: Free (unless otherwise stated)

The Tamil Language Festival 2024 presents a range of exciting literary, oratorical and cultural events for Tamil-speakers in Singapore, to encourage them to “Love Tamil, Speak Tamil”, to embrace their mother tongue and to use it in their daily lives.

The month-long festival will take place from 30 March to 28 April 2024. Presented by community partners, programmes will be conducted in Tamil, with some programmes offered in both Tamil and English.

For more information, please visit this link.

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 will usually take place every 3rd Saturday of the month. Participants are encouraged to check the website regularly for the confirmed dates.

Love, Kebaya exhibition

Photo Credit: National Heritage Board

Venue Partner: One Punggol
Date: 
11 to 31 Mar 2024
Time: All Day
Fee: Free

Love, Kebaya is a travelling exhibition that takes you on a journey to discover the iconic kebaya. The exhibition will showcase the significance of the kebaya to our region’s shared cultural identity and living heritage, and the multination nomination of kebaya by Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand for inscription onto the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity.

Programmes by Children’s Museum Singapore

Foothill Stories – A Roving Performance with Craft Components

Photo Credit: Children’s Museum Singapore

Venue: Various (Participants will go to Children’s Museum Singapore, The Peranakan Museum and Lewin Terrace)
Date:
4, 5, 11 & 12 May 2024
Time:

  • 11am to 12pm (Programme), 12pm to 12.45pm (Free exploration in museum)
  • 2pm to 3pm (Programme), 3pm to 3.45pm (Free exploration in museum)

Fee: $18 per pax | Register here (via the “Programmes” tab) – tickets will only be released at a later date

The year is 1912. At the foot of Fort Canning Hill lies two primary schools. Tao Nan School has just opened on Armenian Street, offering modern education in Chinese. Standing opposite was a Methodist school for boys, also known as Anglo-Chinese School. What were these schools like? What has changed across the years and what has remained?

Take a walk with us to Children’s Museum Singapore and The Peranakan Museum, which were once schools that served the community. Let’s travel back in time and unravel their history together in this roving performance through shoebox puppetry and visual mapping, followed by a hands-on craft session.

Mask-a-rade: Build Your Own Heritage Mask! (Drop-In Activity)

Photo Credit: Children’s Museum Singapore

Venue: Lewin Terrace (Meeting Point at Children’s Museum Singapore)
Date & Time: 

  • 2, 3, 9 & 10 May 2024: 9am to 10.45am & 11am to 12.45pm
  • 4, 5, 11 & 12 May 2024: 9am to 10.45am & 4pm to 5.45pm

Fee: Fee: Free (Museum Admission fee is separate and not included)

Inspired by our iconic heritage buildings, “Mask-a-rade’ is a creative free-play drop-in activity where children experiment with vibrant colours and playful patterns to build their very own whimsical masks.

Join us as you and your little ones have a fun-filled time mixing and matching different façade elements to create your very own wearable masks!

Note: As this is a free drop-in activity, materials are while stocks last.

For visitors interested to visit the museum, please pre-book your museum admission tickets online.

Colouring Fun at Stamp Parade: WonderBot and the Heritage Buildings

Photo Credit: Children’s Museum Singapore

Venue: Children’s Museum Singapore – Permanent Gallery (Level 1)
Date: 1 to 5, 7 to 12, 14 to 19 & 21 to 24 May 2024
Time: 9am to 10.45am | 11am to 12.45pm | 2pm to 3.45pm | 4pm to 5.45pm
Fee: Free

Ever wondered about the heritage buildings in Singapore? Children’s Museum Singapore is housed in one! Join in for a fun colouring time with your little one at the Stamp Parade interactive within the Museum’s permanent exhibition, A Voyage Back in Time, as you see your special edition WonderBot Heritage Building stamp series come alive!

Note: As this is a free drop-in activity, materials are while stocks last and limited to museum visitors only.

For more information, please visit this link.

Family Egg Hunt 2024

Photo Credit: Children’s Museum Singapore

Venue: Children’s Museum Singapore, Fort Canning Park and Lewin Terrace Date: 30 Mar 2024
Time: 11am to 12.45pm
Fee: $20 per child; $15 per adult

Our annual Family Egg Hunt is back! This year, get ready for an egg-citing adventure that's as green as can be! Join us for a day of fun where you’ll embark on an egg hunt while learning about the importance of sustainability through interactive activities, crafts, and a special themed bingo game.

But that's not all, there are plenty of prizes and surprises that await from Children’s Museum Singapore, Creta Class and Schwan-STABILO Singapore Pte Ltd, making this a day of adventure, learning, and eco-conscious fun for the whole family!

Recommended for 5 to 10 years old.

For more information, please visit this link.

This drop-in programme is only for visitors who have booked their museum tickets via this link. 

Programmes by the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC)

Indian New Year 2024

Photo Credit: Indian Heritage Centre

Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
Date: 13 & 14 Apr 2024
Time: 10am to 5pm
Fee: Free admission

Join our Indian New Year celebration at the Indian Heritage Centre! The celebration will be filled with an array of complimentary lobby activities, programmes and workshops for all. Don’t miss out on the excitement and be sure to keep a look out for more information on our Peatix page!

Katha & Kali - Interactive in special exhibition

Photo Credit: Indian Heritage Centre

Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
Date: now to 15 Sep 2024
Fee: 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! Don’t forget to post your picture on your social media account and tag us @Indianheritage_sg!

For more information, please visit the IHC website. 

Ente Veedu, My Home: Malayalees in Singapore

Venue: Indian Heritage Centre

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

The Indian Heritage Centre’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 visit the IHC website. 

Young explorer Special Exhibition guide on SMARTIFY

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

Empower your child's cultural journey with the Indian Heritage Centre’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 this link. 

Children’s Season at Indian Heritage Centre

Photo Credit: Indian Heritage Centre

Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
Date: 25 May to 23 Jun 2024 (Tue to Sun)
Time: 10am to 6pm
Fee:

  • 25 to 26 May 2024
    • Free admission for all
  • 28 May to 23 Jun 2024
    • Singaporeans and PRs: Free
    • Foreigners: $8/pax

Embark on an enriching journey as we present a vibrant array of interactive experiences and engaging activities this June school holidays.

Join us for a delightful blend of immersive storytelling sessions, hands-on workshops, craft activities, and much more. Stay tuned for more details closer to the programme date here.

For more information, please visit the IHC website and Peatix.

Programmes by the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC)

    MHC x LTA Collaboration - Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri from MHC

    Venue: Various MRT stations, trains & buses
    Date: now to 7 May 2024

    Soak in the Hari Raya vibes when you travel on public transport this festive season! Catch our colourful Hari Raya-themed designs on various trains and buses from 27 March 2024 onwards.

    In collaboration with Land Transport Authority.

    AidilFEASTri Raya Festival 2024

    Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
    Date: 27 & 28 Apr 2024
    Time: Various timings
    Fee: Various

    Organised by the Malay Heritage Centre, AidilFEASTri Raya Festival 2024 is a vibrant celebration of Hari Raya food and culture both online and offline, with an open house set to take place at the Indian Heritage Centre on 27 and 28 April 2024. This exciting event will showcase the rich culinary traditions of Hari Raya, featuring a diverse array of traditional and modern dishes that hold significance during this festive season.

    AidilFEASTri Raya Festival 2024 aims to be a delightful convergence of flavours, aromas, and cultural experiences, inviting attendees to indulge in the spirit of Hari Raya through its delectable culinary offerings. Join us for a celebration that honours tradition and our intangible cultural heritage, fosters a sense of community, and embraces the joy of the festive season.

    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 “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.

      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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