Series of free outdoor concerts at parks to celebrate SG50

SINGAPORE - The nation's jubilee celebrations are spilling over to the parks here.

The National Parks Board (NParks) on Friday announced the first of a series of six free outdoor concerts to celebrate SG50.

Homegrown singers Kit Chan and Olivia Ong as well as students from Catholic High School and MacPherson Primary School are among acts scheduled to appear at Grand Lawns I and II in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park at 6pm on March 14.

Visitors will also be able to relive their childhood by playing games such as marbles and flying kites. They will also be encouraged to stand together to form a map of Singapore which will be photographed by an aerial camera.

The concert is being held in conjunction with SG Heart Map @ Park - an online map which lets Singaporeans post photographs and stories about their favourite places in the Republic.

Roving vans will be on site for visitors to contribute.

Since the map launched last November, many parks have featured among Singaporeans' favourite places.

Contributor Yoke Clara wrote of the Botanic Gardens, where another concert will be held at in August: "I like to go there at times to find peace. It also brings me closer to nature."

The final map will be unveiled in November.

This tapestry of stories and shared experiences will help trace the development of Singapore from its early days to today.

More information can also be found on the Npark's website: www.nparks.gov.sg/sg50