May edition of Car-Free Sunday will be extended to Bencoolen Street bringing total route to 6.7km

Bencoolen street, which has been modified to include a lane for cyclists and pedestrians as part of Singapore's car-light drive.
Bencoolen street, which has been modified to include a lane for cyclists and pedestrians as part of Singapore's car-light drive.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - This month's edition of Car-Free Sunday will see Bencoolen Street opened to pedestrians for the first time.

The initiative usually covers roads in the civic district which are closed to vehicles for an array of activities on the last Sunday of the month.

The event organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Land Transport Authority, National Parks Board, National Arts Council, Health Promotion Board, Sport Singapore, Singapore Land Authority and various community groups, was last held on April 30.

This Sunday (May 28), road closures will be extended to Bencoolen street, bringing the total walking, jogging and cycling route to about 6.7km, the URA said in a news release on Tuesday (May 23).

Visitors to three areas - Bencoolen Street, the Civic District and Telok Ayer - will be able to enjoy activities such as a breakfast picnic, a Xinyao concert, and various family activities.

At Bencoolen Street, which will have new car-lite features, visitors will be able to try out creative crafts, buy artisanal hand-crafted products and indulge in gourmet snacks from local brands including Heartfelt Makan, Beans to Bars and The Juicy Way.

Over at the Civic District, families can have a morning picnic at the Padang, where there will be local hawker fare, organic produce at the Farmers' Market and freshly brewed coffee from the Coffee Bandits Food Truck.

Xinyao veterans will perform classics at the Xinyao Breakfast Concert which will take place from 10am to 12pm at Telok Ayer Square and is organised by Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan.

New activities include the first edition of the Children's Biennale, a four-month-long festival organised by the National Gallery Singapore from 10am to 7pm.

There will be art installations, interactive artworks, musical performances and film showcases.

The Biennale is free, but art packs cost $5 at ticketing coutners.

Families can also bring their kids to the new Singapore International Children's Film Festival 2017, held at the National Gallery Singapore's Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium at various times.

Tickets are $12.90 each, with four timings. Visit www.bigeyesbigminds.com for more information.

Also new is the Josean Korea: Court Treasures and City Life exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum from 10am to 7pm.

The exhibition will show furniture, fashion and decorative arts from Korea's Josean era, and will showcase treasures from the National Museum of Korea, the National Palace Museum of Korea and the Daegu National Museum for the first time in Singapore.

Visit http://acm.org.sg/exhibitions/joseon-korea for ticketing details and more information.

Book fans can head to Connaught Drive from 8am to 12pm, where a 30min story-telling session will be held, as well as a bookmark and sock puppet crafting session.

The public can also take part in the #letspledgeabook public book donation drive by exchanging their own books for those at a booth set up there.

There will also be an inflatable sports zone with basketball hoops, archery and a giant obstacle course.

Families can team up for games of human foosball, nerf shoot-outs and giant versions of ping pong and Jenga.

Those looking to sweat it out can join the Zumba session at the Empress Lawn from 8am to 8.50am, or the K-Kardio session from 9am to 9.50am.

Register for these at https://cprmsadfs.hpb.gov.sg/HPBOnline/events.aspx?program=faw

There will also be free bicycle rentals at St Andrew's Road from 8am to 11am by bike-share companies - Mobike, oBike and ofo.

Each company will offer 10 to 15 free bike rentals to the public in 30-minute blocks.

For more information on Car-Free Sunday, visit http://ura.sg/carfreesundaysg