Bake traditional sweets or hop on tours of St. John Island and Kusu Island

Singapore may seem like just a little red dot on the world map, but our island is one that brims with stories surrounding heritage, culture and community. And plenty of these unique narratives will be coming to light, as My Community Festival returns for its second edition from Sep 10-Oct 3.

A ground-up initiative which saw its inaugural event last year, the festival by non-profit organisation My Community (with support from STB) aims to spotlight hidden gems in Singapore’s neighbourhoods and encourage festival-goers to meet people from all walks of life—one story at a time.

So learn about fading crafts and traditions practiced by Singapore’s multi-faceted communities as this year’s theme of Everyday Places, Everyday Faces reflects the importance of lending a voice to lesser-known and sometimes overlooked stories within our communities.


Simply check out programmes like Cuba Gula-Gula Saya, where participants will get to savour and even try their hand at making traditional sweets such as the Eurasian Sugee cake, Russian Blini and Japanese Wagashi.

The more adventurous can take on MCF’s tours to Pulau Hantu, St John’s island, Kusu Island and Pulau Ubin, as these trips will offer participants the chance to hear heartwarming stories from former villagers about life on these islands.

Festival-goers can also walk along an elusive sandbar that only unveils itself for a precious 10 minutes every month, during the Pulau Hantu tour.

In fact, two very special programmes such as A Day in the Life of My… and 24 Hours @ My Community will be showcased too. The former is a virtual tribute to Singapore’s unsung heroes including cleaners, hawkers and social workers; while the latter gives locals the opportunity to rediscover two of Singapore’s most beloved neighbourhoods: Tiong Bahru and Holland Village.

Admission to the festival’s many programmes requires tickets, which can be purchased here. Those interested can also check out the full line-up of the festival’s events here.

Just head down to My Community Festival 2021 to see Singapore in a brand new light.