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NHB chief Michael Koh on making heritage hip and taking it to the heartlands

Published on Feb 19, 2013 4:00 PM
 
Under outgoing National Heritage Board chief executive Michael Koh's watch, museum visitorship hit new highs, rising to a record of 5.2 million in 2007-2008 through museum and community outreach efforts. -- ST FILE PHOTO: EDWARD TEO

He made heritage hip.

Under outgoing National Heritage Board chief executive Michael Koh's watch, museum visitorship hit new highs, rising to a record of 5.2 million in 2007-2008 through museum and community outreach efforts.

The museums exercised Singapore's "soft power" with greater partnerships within the Asean region, resulting in museum-wide exhibitions and festivals such as the Vietnam Festival in 2008 and the Philippines Fiesta in 2009.

Many made-in-Singapore exhibitions travelled internationally, culminating in the Peranakan Museum's hit outing at Paris's Musee du Quai Branly, the French national museum which exhibits non-Western cultures. It was the first time a Singapore museum had presented a comprehensive exhibition in a major museum in Europe.

 
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