The ST Guide To... Singapore HeritageFest 2016

SINGAPORE - The 13th edition of the Singapore HeritageFest, taking place across three weekends from April 29 to May 15, caters to a variety of interests.

Sign up for the activities from 2pm on Friday (April 22) at heritagefest.sg.

If the smorgasbord of events looks too daunting, we have cherry-picked some events for you, depending on your interests.

For the foodie


A pasar malam scene at the National Museum in the 1960s. PHOTO: PRITAM SINGH

1. Did you know the National Museum was home to a vibrant street hawker scene in the 1960s? Organiser the National Heritage Board has arranged for 15 food stalls, serving a range of street foods from Indian rojak to wanton noodles, to be set up on the museum's front lawn from April 29 and 30, 6pm to 10pm.

2.  The more adventurous foodie can work up an appetite on the food trails, scheduled for May 7, at Changi Road Food Centre, Joo Chiat, and Jurong West. These trails, to take place at 10am and 2pm, have been pieced together by River Valley High School.

Participants can also experience the charms and colours of Balestier on a food and heritage trail of the neighbourhood on May 7 and 8 at 10.30am.

They can also opt to attend the Kampong Gelam Food trail by independent food researcher Khir Johari at 9am on May 7 to sample halal cuisine in the historic district.

Those who fancy Indian cuisine can embark on a food journey with the Indian Heritage Centre on May 7 and 8 at 12pm.

3.  Foodies interested in getting a hands-on cooking experience can sign up for cooking classes on May 15, set in a century-old kampung house on Pulau Ubin. Cookery Magic, which runs cooking classes, will teach participants how to make nasi kerabu, a Malay rice dish, and ice kacang.

For the architecture buff


Participants will get the chance to explore the Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church on May 7. PHOTO: ST FILE

1. Learn more about the architectural styles of various religious institutions here.

Participants can explore the quaint, red-brick 1930s Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church that was designed by colonial architectural firm Swan & Maclaren in a modern fresco style on May 7 at 10am and 2pm.

They can also opt for a tour of the century-old Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery temple complex in Toa Payoh on May 8 at 10am or 2pm,  or step into the Maghain Aboth Synagogue along Waterloo Street, the oldest Jewish synagogue in South-east Asia on May 8 at various time slots.

2. Hear first hand the history of the Bukit Pasoh area from the Urban Redevelopment Authority's director of conservation management, Kelvin Ang. Highlights of his tour on May 1 include a visit to the Goethe-Institut where he will take participants through the process of conserving the building.

3. The Urban Redevelopment Authority will also be organising tours of the winners of its Architectural Heritage Awards. These include the Old St Andrew's School and the Church of Ascension on May 7; Yueh Hai Ching temple on May 7 and 8; and St Patrick's School on May 14. The public can pick from the time slots of 10am, 12pm and 2pm for these tours.

For the culture and arts enthusiast


Bhaskar's Arts Academy will be staging free performances telling the legend of Prince Sang Nila Utama on April 29 and 30. PHOTO: BHASKAR'S ART ACADEMY

1. Watch a free performance which tells the legend of Prince Sang Nila Utama by Bhaskar's Arts Academy on April 29 and 30 at 7pm on the front lawn of the National Museum. The performers will be using the ancient classical Indian dance form of Kathakali to tell the story of how Singapore got its name.

2. Experience a physical theatre performance by students and alumni from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) who will be presenting their take on Singapore's history. The performances will be held at the concourse of the National Museum on April 29 and 30 between 7pm and 7.30pm.

3. A series of films will be screened at various venues during the HeritageFest. Among them - the premiere of Royston Tan's new documentary about Pulau Ubin on the island's wayang stage on May 14 at 7.30pm.