The 19th edition of Singapore HeritageFest returns over four weekends from 2 to 29 May 2022. with more than 120 on-site and online heritage experiences for Singaporeans and families.
Dates: 2 - 29 May 2022
The Singapore HeritageFest (SHF) 2022 will commemorate Singapore’s vibrant travel history and rich natural heritage, which is fitting as this year also marks the 75th anniversary of Singapore Airlines (SIA), 50th anniversary of Sentosa Development Corporation, 50th birthday of the Merlion statue and 10th anniversary of Gardens by the Bay.
This year’s programme line-up includes heritage and cultural trails, hands-on workshops, video documentaries, tours, exhibitions and digital programmes that illuminate the evolution of travel to and within Singapore, and uncover hidden aspects of the flora and fauna native to the region.
Over 80 Partners - Online and Offline
This year’s SHF brings heritage and culture to the fore with physical programmes that festival-goers can enjoy in-person, as well as a selection of digital programmes that they can enjoy from home.
With more than 80 community partners involved this year, from passionate members of the community to cultural institutions such as Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre, Siong Leng Musical Association and Orang Laut SG and first-time festival partners including Capitol Singapore, Changi Airport Group, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Mandai Wildlife Group and Singapore Aviation Academy, a plethora of exciting activities await, with something suitable for Singaporeans of all ages and interests.
Below we highlight the family-friendly programmes for families to take part in. Individual registration details and links are provided below too. Otherwise, the SHF 2022 programmes will be open for registration from 12pm on 21 April 2022. You may visit www.sgheritagefest.gov.sg for more information on all the programmes, and how to register.
Dates: 29 April to 5 June 2022
Venue: National Museum Singapore
Homeground is an installation that explores the intersections of the festival’s two themes of travel and tourism history and natural heritage. Reflecting on the simple joys of travelling, the installation features a life-sized train inspired by the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) train that used to run from Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.
It also features video content of how the former railway line has now been transformed into a Railway Corridor – a corridor where community nodes are established and for communities to appreciate our nation’s rich and diverse natural heritage. Homeground will also feature drop-in activities and content by students from the NAFA Youth Panel.
2. Ride & Discover
Venue: Somerset, Bayfront, Kent Ridge and Clementi MRT Stations.
Did you know that there was once a zoo in Punggol? Also, do you know which hotel in Singapore was once a court venue for war crimes trials in the post-World War II period?
Hop on board a train and embark on a learning journey to uncover the lesser-known facts surrounding Singapore’s travel and tourism, and natural heritage such as the Goodwood Park and Singapore Zoo through Singapore HeritageFest 2022's Ride & Discover programme which reimagines MRT stations as exhibition spaces.
Photo Credits: Sentosa Development Corporation
Venture into another side of Sentosa through Sentosa Development Corporation’s new sustainability-themed and heritage-themed SentoSights tours! Featuring more than 10 unique guided tours, explore Sentosa's hidden gems such as Fort Siloso, Fort Serapong, Tanjong Rimau and the Imbiah and Coastal Trails. Or encounter unique experiences like game-based explorations, magic demonstrations and night-time forest walks that let you delve into the island’s heritage in a fun and engaging way, and gain insights into the importance of sustainability and conservation.
4. Lower Khatib Bongsu Trail
Dates: 14, 15, 28 May
Time: 7.15am to 12.30pm
Fee: $115 per pax; $75 (age 12 & below) | 30 pax per session | Suitable for age 4 years and above
Khatib Bongsu is one of Singapore's largest mangrove riverine ecosystems. There are many sections to explore and this river trail will take you on an adventure along the Old Trees Ways, Perepat Hunt, Albizia Lagoon, and The Seletars of Sungei Khatib Bongsu, our almost forgotten natural river.
5. Wheels On The Bus: Bee One Happy Family
Dates: 7, 8, 14, 21, 22, 28, 29 May
Venue: Bee Amazed Garden
Fee: $50* per pax | Up to 10 pax per session | Suitable for age 5 and above
For this edition of Wheels on the Bus, families will explore the theme of natural heritage through the art of beekeeping culture at Bee Amazed Garden. Bee Amazed is a local and unique farm that’s not only a tourist destination but the perfect place for family bonding. In this interactive tour, you will get to learn all about the behaviour of honey bees in Singapore and learn to differentiate what good honey is.
6. Wheels On The Bus: Go Green, Go Buggy! Insect Farm Tour
Dates: 7, 14, 21, 28 May
Time: 10am to 11am
Venue: Insectta, 60 Jalan Penjara, Singapore 149375
Fee: $20 per pax | Up to 15 pax per session
Curious to find out more about how an insect farm works? Now you can get right into the heart of the action with this exciting farm tour! Learn more about the superheroes of Singapore’s first black soldier fly farm located in the middle of Queenstown, and try your hand at insect farming activities. Get ready to get your hands grubby and discover how insect farms are revolutionizing sustainable agriculture.
Every participant signed up via Singapore HeritageFest will get a free packet of edible veggie seeds to bring home after this special edition of the tour and participate in a fun chicken feeding activity!
7. Singapore’s Natural History in 3 Plants
Dates: 7, 14, 21 May
Time: 9.30am (Pineapple Theme), 10.30am (Coffee Theme), 2.30pm (Coconut
Venue: Spice Garden at Fort Canning & National Museum of Singapore
Fee: $96 per pax
Join a historian-led tour of the gardens at Fort Canning Park to explore the history of Singapore’s three cash crops - coffee, pineapple and coconut - that were once key drivers of Singapore’s economy. Learn about their impact on Singapore’s nature, how they shaped our landscape and lessons we can draw on to promote a better understanding of sustainable ways of living.
The Coffee themed tour is specially for families and includes a special family activity, where you and your child can experience a complimentary family portrait session featuring traditional film photography but with an environmentally friendly twist.
8. Conversations and woodworking workshops with Roger&Sons
Dates: 7 May
Time: 10am to 11.30am; 11.30am to 1pm; 2pm to 3.30pm; 3.30pm to 5pm
Venue: 115 King George’s Avenue, #01-01, S208561
Fee: $100 per pax | Up to 20 pax per session
Dive into a fun-filled afternoon of conversations about The Local Tree Project and woodworking workshops with the team at Roger&Sons as they illuminate the landscape of the woodworking industry with stories of our local trees and their efforts in utilising local resources and reducing wastage. To experience the process behind the craft of turning local wood into products and furniture in Singapore, you will also get the unique chance to produce your very own pair of wooden chopsticks and pencils through a hands-on workshop!
9. Sentosa Heritage Trail
Co-created with NHB and Sentosa Development Corporation, the Sentosa Heritage Trail is presented over three short trail routes: Kampongs and Barracks, Forts and Memories of Sentosa. The trail will serve to bring back fond memories for those who have worked, lived, played or witnessed the historical changes the island underwent through the years, as well as serve as a useful source of information for visitors and younger generation Singaporeans.
10. Merli-Go-Round to Singapore HeritageFest
Dates: 2 - 29 May 2022
Venue: Download the VisitSingapore mobile app to experience the game in Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Gelam and Katong-Joo Chiat
Join Merli on an adventure to explore hidden gems and learn about Singapore’s colourful history and heritage in Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Gelam, and Katong-Joo Chiat! The Merli-Go-Round to Singapore HeritageFest game invites you to embark on themed quests, earn in-game coins and win exclusive Merli-themed prizes.
Spend “Weekends with Merli”, with special games at Little India and Chinatown. In addition, participate in “Spot the Merli” activities in the four cultural precincts to win exclusive prizes. Download the VisitSingapore mobile app to start your Merli-Go-Round to Singapore HeritageFest adventure and win exclusive prizes.
11. Air Traffic Control - We guide you home
Dates: 7 & 14 May
Time: 10am to 11am; 1pm to 2pm
Venue: Singapore Aviation Academy
Fee: Free (15 pax per session) | Suitable for age 13 and above
Get up close with the people who keep our skies safe and efficient round the clock and learn about their journey as an Air Traffic Controller at one of the world’s busiest airports.
Discover how the Singapore Aviation Academy, the training arm of Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, has been the nation’s training ground for some of the most dynamic and challenging professions in aviation for more than 60 years and plays a vital role in their training and development. You will also get to experience an exclusive day and night view from the ‘control tower’, through a specialised training simulator.
Interested but cannot make the dates? A similar experience is also available with Aeroviation.
12. Fire-fighting- No Flame Too High
Dates: 7 & 14 May
Time: 10am to 11.30am; 1pm to 2.30pm
Venue: Singapore Aviation Academy
Fee: Free (12 pax per session) | Suitable for all ages
Discover what it takes to be an airport fire-fighter at the world’s best airport and how the Singapore Aviation Academy plays a vital role in their training and development. Experience a day in the life of an airport fire-fighter through interactive station activities and a visit to our fire-fighting simulators and foam-tenders. You will get to practice target shooting with a charged water hose and even save a casualty.
13. Home Museum: Collections of Travel and Natural Heritage
If your home was a museum, what would you collect, archive and display? Join our three collectors as they share about their collections that are centred around Singapore HeritageFest (SHF) 2022’s theme of travel and natural heritage.
- An avid fan of our national carrier, Jason has more than 100 Singapore Airlines memorabilia in his collection – this includes a series of limited-edition items such as a harmonica and in-flight menus amongst many others.
- Passionate about both animals and art, Vivian decided to combine both her passions into the art of taxidermy – the practice of preserving dead wildlife. Find out more about her collection and the inspiration behind her practice helming Singapore’s first and only commercial taxidermy studio.
- From a young age, Ethan has been fascinated by nature and plants, over the years that grew into a passion from watching plants grow and eventually into gardening. Visit his garden-in-a-home and find out more about what inspires his collection and tips on how to kickstart your very own garden!