The Singapore Bicentennial is an opportunity for Singaporeans to find personal connections to the past, and discover more about our longer history by piecing together the stories of our shared journey. Together with over 280 partners, including community groups, religious institutions, clans, associations, businesses, schools, social organisations, and government agencies, over 100 ground-up events and projects have been initiated across the Bicentennial year to uncover these stories of our past.
Upcoming highlights include:
ND 200 Photo Exhibition: From Singapore to Singaporean – Pioneers and Descendants (March onwards)
The Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre, which has over 180 years of history, is curating a photo exhibition featuring personal photographs of 100 Singaporeans matched with old black and white photographs of their ancestors who first came to Singapore in the early years. The exhibition will be held at the centre, along Singapore’s original waterfront at Telok Ayer.
Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre, 140 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068604
Five Footway Festival (23-24 March)
As Chinatown continues to modernise, certain parts of its history may face over time. The Five Footway Festival will once again bring this memory to the fore, through interesting cultural experiences. Chinatown will be transformed into an epic story precinct led by the Five Footway Festival. Over the two days of activities, there will be workshops, crafts and trades showcases, walking tours, street activities (clog racing), multimedia projections of growing up stories, and food and beverages.
Chinatown, 1 – 9pm
Railway Records, Comfort Theatre by Desert Wine (30 March)
Railway Records comprises five short theatrical monologues celebrating our past and present link to our railways system, which has helped Singaporeans journey between our island and Malaysia for over a hundred years. The Railways also helped shape the personal and professional journeys of those who came to Singapore to seek better opportunities, and provided a quick trip for Singaporeans whose relatives lived in Malaysia.
Former Bukit Timah Railway Station, multiple shows
Check out the full year’s calendar of events here.