Back for its 17th year, the Singapore Heritage Festival 2020 goes digital, transporting readers back into a different space and time to experience Singapore’s colourful history and heritage virtually. This year, discover the new and lesser-known stories of Tanjong Pagar, Pasir Ris and Kallang!
Apart from snippets of Singapore’s history, the festival has curated a range of guided tours, video documentations, craft workshops as well as live food demonstrations on some of your favourite local delights such as Mee Siam Briyani, dumplings and popiah!
Tanjong Pagar may be known as a cafe-hopping district, its variety of Korean food and the Instagram-worthy colourful shophouses. However, did you know that those shophouses around Duxton Road once housed overcrowded labourer and coolie lodgings? Take a guided tour to unearth the waterfront stories near Telok Ayer, or learn more about the architectures through the lenses of filmmakers from NTU
If you have missed the food demonstrations of the iconic diamond-shaped egg tart by Tong Heng Delicacies and the Hainanese biscuit by Chuan Ji Bakery, head to the YouTube page
to learn from the masters themselves.
Heading east, the second week highlights the sights an sounds of Pasir Ris. When we think of Pasir Ris, we think about the sunny beaches, fun resort staycations and recreational activities. Back in the day, it was not vastly different for Pasir Ris became the destination for holiday camps in the 1960s and not forgetting the well-known Pasir Ris Park that was built in the 1980s. This park is the only park in Singapore with a preserved mangrove forest and boardwalk.
Bring Pasir Ris Park to you with a special nature-inspired dance fitness class on a Sunday morning; learn how to pound your very own fresh sambal (with keropok, no less!).
Create a watercolour art poster with illustrator Carlyn Law and learn the art of making and wrapping bak zhang for this year’s Dragon Boat Festival!
Peel back the different layers of Kallang, which got its name from the indigenous sea gypsies – Orang Biduanda Kallang as early as the 1500s. The old National Stadium was the birthplace of a distinct Singaporean cheer – the Kallang Wave where spectators raise their arms in succession to simulate a wave. This emblem is now a proud staple in our annual National Day Parade.
That said, don’t miss the local movie ‘Kallang Roar the Movie’, a 2008 sports film on Singapore national football team’s legendary coach Choo Seng Quee (played by Lim Kay Siu).
Learn about the process and history of letterpress printing the main commercial method of printing in Singapore since 1823 where letterpress educator demonstrates the process of this printing method. Of course, the experience isn’t complete without enjoying the live popiah-making on July 4th by culinary icon Kway Guan Huat!
Talk a walk down memory lane at the Singapore Heritage Festival 2020 here.