Sharing memories over 'kopi' - Singapore Memory Project launches new initiative

The Singapore Memory Project (SMP) launched on Saturday a series of roadshows to collect more stories and memories from the country's older generation. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK / IREMEMBERSG
The Singapore Memory Project (SMP) launched on Saturday a series of roadshows to collect more stories and memories from the country's older generation. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK / IREMEMBERSG

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Memory Project (SMP) launched on Saturday a series of roadshows to collect more stories and memories from the country's older generation.

The initiative, called KopiTimes, consists of four roadshows held at coffeeshops across Singapore from 12pm to 4pm on the weekends. Seniors can share their stories over a complimentary cup of coffee during these roadshows.

National Library's director Gene Tan said in a statement: "Coffeeshops are community spaces where Singaporeans from all walks of life gather and interact frequently. Many older Singaporeans have been frequenting the same coffeeshops and have made it their regular meeting points for friends to come together. "Through this outreach, we hope to collect more stories and memories of our pioneers that can be shared with the public."

The roadshows are the second phase of SMP's campaign to encourage seniors to share their stories through interacting with young people. The 30 most compelling stories will be reproduced as videos and the public can view them on the irememberSG Facebook (fb.com/irememberSG) and YouTube pages from January.