Launch of Singapore Heritage Fest 2007

A rousing start to the Singapore Heritage Fest 2007 kicked start 2 weeks of activities and festivities at the festivalhub@suntec as well as numerous other venues all over Singapore.

Singapore Heritage Fest 2007 Opening ceremony

The opening launch saw the guest of honor and CEO of National Heritage Board winding up a gramaphone and playing a record from the 1950s which has chinese and malay lyrics! It is a song about a conversation between a nonya and malay person. How Singaporean can that get?! What more, cross-cultural musical exchange and involvement of all the audience in familiar Singapore classics like Chan Mali Chan and Ye Lai Xiang brings back good memories and a rousing of community spirit.

Interactive Performance

The exhibit was especially nostalgic with a mock up of classroom from the past, complete with blackboard chalk and duster. In fact, you can even find an old school pencilcase exhibited in one of the glass cases with teenage mutant ninja turtle eraser and tikam toy courtesy of yours truly. A couple of exhibits at the exhibition was actually contributed by me! The curator, Jeremiah, was a very enthusiastic man who even got his mom to contribute her own wedding paraphernalia for the exhibition! His mom even came down for the opening of the exhibition. It was all very sweet.

My favourite however is the “living room” section of the exhibition where vinyl records and a working turntable from the 70s-80s are displayed. There were movie posters and even old photographs of which one of my sisters at haw par villa can be found!

Haw Par Villa photos What's your story?

I suppose the exhibition is particularly special for me since I find my own artefacts there but looking at familiar sights of “cologne water” and wooden badminton rackets as well as primary school toothbrush and tumblers hit a nostalgic note in me!

There is also a room where visitors can record down their own story just like what oral history specialists do at the national archives. They can also contribute online to the MyStory Portal. Afterall, this year’s theme is “What’s Your Story?”

To see, feel, smell and touch what I mean, check it out for yourself at Suntec City’s Tropics Atrium from today till 29 July 2007.

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