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Jurong Drive-in Cinema, Toa Payoh Dragon Playground & More at Singapore Heritage Festival 2018

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Relive the Singapore of yesteryear with over 120 programmes and activities islandwide at Singapore Heritage Festival 2018

Did you know there was a Jurong drive-in cinema back in the 70s? Guess what – it’s back! While it may not be here to stay, a similar drive-in cinema at Jurong Town Hall will be recreated thanks to Singapore Heritage Festival 2018, along with a spotlight on other iconic landmarks in Jurong, Jalan Besar, Chinatown, Bras Basah.Bugis and Toa Payoh.

Bring on the nostalgia! The 15th edition of the community-led festival is back from 6 – 22 April 2018, encouraging Singaporeans and Singapore residents to discover the lesser known aspects of our nation’s history. For example, did you know that we have a homegrown candy factory from the 1940s that’s still in operation today, three generations on? How about the history of how one of Singapore’s most famous Hindu temples ended up smack-dab in the middle of Chinatown?

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Over three weekends in April, Singapore Heritage Festival will be presenting a specially curated line-up of 120 programmes and activities (most of them FREE!) islandwide. We’re talking exhibitions, guided tours through protected sites, film screenings, talks and more. Time to whip out your calendars, mama! See the full lineup of happenings here, and check out our top pick of events below:

Jurong Drive-in Cinema | 6 – 8 April, 7pm – 11pm, Free!
Jurong Town Hall, 9 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609431
The Jurong Drive-In Cinema on Yuan Ching Road opened in July 1971, featuring mainly first-run English language films and Hong Kong action movies. Relive the experience at the Jurong Town Hall, with popular flicks such as The Big Boss (where Kung Fu maestro Bruce Lee made his feature film debut!), Army Daze and Chicken Rice War. Free admission, available on a first-come-first-served basis.
*Advisory: To enjoy the movies, limited seats are available for visitors who are not driving.

Cheng Sugar Factory Tour | 7 April, multiple timings, $10/pax
Meeting point: Admiralty Station Bus Pick-up Point
12 Senoko Loop, Cheng Yew Heng Candy Factory, Singapore 758149
If you’ve ever wondered how the red sugar served in local delicacies such as putu mayam and huat kueh was made, you should definitely take a trip down to the Cheng Yew Heng Candy Factory! Established in 1947, this homegrown company is now the only rock sugar manufacturer in Singapore, producing the familiar red jaggery sugar and rock sugar, as well as new sugar products with innovative flavours like Jujube, Lemon Fiesta,and Singapore Sling. Take a peak at the factory’s behind the scenes, and learn more about various types of natural sugars and their production process.

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LED Dragon Dance Performance | 21 – 22 April, 5pm – 10pm, Free!
Toa Payoh Dragon Playground, 28 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310028
Mamas who grew up with the iconic Dragon Playground in Toa Payoh will have a blast as it comes to life with this LED Dragon Dance Performance! The surrounding area will also be transformed into a carnival ground featuring outdoor movie screenings, a classic vintage car boot flea, and an assortment of popular local hawker delights – yum!

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