SG50 celebrations: New Art Connector and Jubilee Walk next year

An artist's impression of the Art Connector along North Bridge Road. The permanent 300m walkway will link City Hall MRT station to the National Gallery Singapore, which officially opens next year. The walkway design will feature the "diversity of peo
An artist's impression of the Art Connector along North Bridge Road. The permanent 300m walkway will link City Hall MRT station to the National Gallery Singapore, which officially opens next year. The walkway design will feature the "diversity of people", with Singaporeans' portraits incorporated into the walkway design. --PHOTO: NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
An artist's impression of the Art Connector along Coleman Street. The permanent 300m walkway will link City Hall MRT station to the National Gallery Singapore, which officially opens next year. The walkway design will feature the "diversity of people
An artist's impression of the Art Connector along Coleman Street. The permanent 300m walkway will link City Hall MRT station to the National Gallery Singapore, which officially opens next year. The walkway design will feature the "diversity of people", with Singaporeans' portraits incorporated into the walkway design. --PHOTO: NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - A commemorative walkway and walking trail will be launched in November next year, as part of the SG50 celebrations to mark Singapore's 50th birthday. Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong announced these initiatives at his ministry's work plan seminar on Monday.

The permanent 300m Art Connector will link City Hall MRT station to the entrance of the National Gallery Singapore, which officially opens next year. The walkway design will feature the "diversity of people".

From November, Singaporeans will be invited to provide a self-portrait sketch to be incorporated into the walkway design through the "Portraits of the People" campaign. These portraits will be collected at campaign roadshow at 50 locations islandwide.

The route for the 8km Jubilee Walk, which was announced earlier this year, was also revealed on Monday. It aims to connect elements of Singapore's past, present and futurre.

Highlights of the trail include the National Museum, the Marina Barrage, and a new Jubilee Bridge linking the Merlion Park and the promenade in front of the Esplanade.

There will be special trail and monument markers, mobile apps to guide the public along the trail, and a mass walk in November next year to launch the trail.

"It has been a busy and fruitful year for (the ministry), and the next year looks to be even more so. We are energised and excited about the work ahead to be done," Mr Wong said.

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