Feast on culture and heritage
Culture and heritage are all around us – we live, breathe, eat, and dream it, but sometimes, bits of it go unnoticed, untold, or unrecognised. The good news: you have a chance to rediscover and celebrate shared cultures this month with the annual Singapore Heritage Festival, a signature outreach event of the National Heritage Board.
Heritage-related activities and exhibitions will run for four weekends in various neighbourhoods island-wide, including precincts such as Kampong Gelam and Bedok. The events range from urban art installations in historic precincts to traditional cultural performances and a hop-on, hop-off tour of the farming community in Kranji.
Also on the festival’s programme – theatrical experiences that bring to life Singapore’s heritage and culture through vivid storytelling. Here are three theatrical events in the Singapore Heritage Festival programme that you shouldn’t miss.
Buses and Roads: A Bus Theatre Experience
Travel back in time to Singapore in the 1970s, when buses were non-airconditioned and the pace of life was slower, with this immersive theatrical experience. Presented by homegrown company, Cake Theatrical Productions, the play unfolds on a bus shuttling between the National Museum of Singapore and the Malay Heritage Centre. The audience are the passengers and they can engage with the actors, who will bring to life light-hearted stories about touching, everyday encounters on public buses in the 1970s.
Experience the evolution of hawker culture in Singapore, from itinerant, roadside hawking in the 1960s to the hawker centres of today, through a site-specific musical performance in the heart of Bedok Hawker Centre. The show is inspired by the lives and stories of hawkers and it promises to be an entertaining session, with the public invited to sing and dance along.
A Black-and-White Voyage
Dramatising life in 1920s Singapore, when it was an influential trading port, this play takes place in the elegant black-and-white colonial bungalow, Temenggong House, which sits beside Mount Faber. Audiences will be brought through different spaces in the building as the stories of four characters unfold.
Details on Singapore Heritage Festival here.