Over 100 online and on-site programmes await

Every year, the Singapore HeritageFest uncovers and celebrates lesser-known aspects of our local culture, and this year will be no different.

From May 3-30, Singaporeans can look forward to enjoying over 100 on-site and online programmes which offer an exploration of our country’s healthcare history and food heritage, besides reliving stories that unite us as a nation.

Commemorating significant healthcare and food heritage milestones, SHF 2021 will mark the 200th anniversary of Singapore General Hospital; as well as the inscription of our hawker culture on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity through a line-up of offerings that includes tours, workshops and video documentaries.

This Is What We Eat At Home – A Photo Exhibition (Credit: 3 Pumpkins)

In its refreshed hybrid version, SHF 2021 takes a thematic approach as opposed to its previous editions which focused on the heritage of specific neighbourhoods and precincts.

Forging ahead to feature a holistic view of Singapore’s heritage, start by heading over to SGH to find out what roles its buildings played during the Japanese occupation as well as the stories of the communities who worked there.

Then, enjoy unique tasting sessions and workshops at local heritage businesses such as local artisan soya sauce brewery Nanyang Sauce that provides a look at its sauces and how they can be used alongside various local dishes.

Self-proclaimed foodies should embark on a food trail that uncovers hidden gems in the Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) precinct, or partake in a food-themed photowalk that yields a professional photography session of food-related buildings, sites and significant eateries in the BBB neighbourhood.

Finally, why not spend some time checking out This Is What We Eat At Home – A Photo Exhibition that documents memories and traditions by six children and youths from Tak Takut Kids Club about mealtimes at home.

With so many unique activities and exciting experiences, there’ll be plenty to see and do at SHF 2021. Just check out the full line-up here, and follow the festival’s Facebook page for updates on the various programmes.