SG Heart Map festival to run from Thursday to Sunday, showcasing Singapore's best loved places

The SG Heart Map Festival will take place at the Marina Bay floating platform from Nov 26-29, 2015.
The SG Heart Map Festival will take place at the Marina Bay floating platform from Nov 26-29, 2015.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - Come Thursday, Singapore's first crowd-sourced map of the nation's most cherished places will go on display at a four-day festival at the Marina Bay floating platform.

A light, sound and arts showcase, the SG Heart Map Festival is the result of a year-long crowd-sourcing project that saw Singaporeans share some 100,000 personal stories of their favourite places across the island. The places include the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Haw Par Villa and Tiong Bahru.

The exhibits cover a range of different art mediums, including literary work such as poetry and prose, as well as photography, sound installations and even a short film by local filmmaker Royston Tan.

Specially made for the festival, the 12-minute film, 50 First Kisses, follows 50 Singaporean couples as they relive the heartwarming moments of an old photo they took at a favourite place in Singapore. The couples, who include husband and wife, parent and child as well as friend duos, then share a kiss.

"I believe that someone must have stolen a kiss at all these places across Singapore," said Mr Tan, 39, of how he came up with the idea for the film.

"I hope that this film will encourage people to express their affection and kiss the people close to them."

Other highlights include a screening of filmmaker William Chan's work, A Beautiful Day, inside a specially made dome using 360-degree projectors, as well as an audio installation by sound artist Zul Mahmod.

Some 300,000 people have taken part over the past year in the SG Heart Map initiative, which is led by the SG50 Environment and Infrastructure Committee. The SG Heart Map Festival will be the project's finale item.

The festival will open at 5pm on Thursday (Nov 26) and ends on Sunday (nov29). More details of the festival including its opening hours can be found at www.heartmap.sg.

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