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Relive the stories that connect us

2 - 29 May 2022

Come May, discover the lesser-known stories of Singapore’s vibrant travel history and rich natural heritage. Pack your bags and go on a journey to explore the evolution of travel to and within Singapore, while reflecting on Singapore’s role as a dynamic tourism hub; or dive deep into Singapore’s natural heritage, discover flora and fauna native to the region and discuss Singapore’s growth as a “Garden City”.

From exhibitions and guided tours to hands-on workshops and a variety of digital offerings, join us for more than 100 heritage programmes presented together with our festival partners. Enjoyed our programmes? Participate in our festival survey here.

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Highlights

Open Call for Sponsorships 2023

Open Call for Sponsorships 2023

The Singapore HeritageFest (SHF) will begin on 1 to 28 May 2023 and is seeking cash and in-kind sponsorships. Please contact us if you are interested to sponsor or to find out more.

The Sights & Sounds of Dragon World

Dongnan Zheng (Dayneson), a former sound technician at the 1990s Haw Par Villa Dragon World theme park, ignited our interest and imagination and gave us a window into a long-gone world held together by an ensemble of dancers, actors, painters, and other crew members, through his soundscape of memories.

Families of Changi Airport

Join us as we hear the stories from the people who work at Changi Airport on the landmark's evolution and how it has continued to be a second home for them.

Cinema Reclaimed: Temptations of Travel - Film Locations

As part of their Cinema Reclaimed season for Heritagefest, which is themed around travel and tourism in films made in Singapore, researchers and writers Ben Slater and Toh Hun Ping have put together a map of key locations from the films from their film selection.

Travel During the 1960s-90s: Around the World with Chan Brothers Travel

Since 1965, Chan Brothers Travel has been delivering guided tour packages and other travel services to travellers from Singapore. Tracing its history allows us to understand how brick-and-mortar tour agencies had shaped the experiences of Singaporean travellers and responded to changing travel trends during the 1960s-90s.

Time Flies at Jurong Bird Park

Singapore's pioneering wildlife park has soared across half a century! In this time, Jurong Bird Park became Asia's largest bird park, connecting millions of people to the colourful and fascinating avian world. It actively participated in protecting avian species over the decades, and today contributes as a global conservation leader.

Celebrating 50 Years of the Merlion: Stories Behind the National Icon

Regarded as the national emblem for tourism and one of Singapore’s most popular attractions, the Merlion statue at Merlion Park turns 50 this year. As we celebrate its golden jubilee, read on to learn more about the symbolism and lesser-known stories behind the beloved icon.

An International Flower, For An International City

The orchid is commonly known by Singaporeans as our national flower - Vanda Miss Joaquim. While many countries have national flowers too, the orchid is more than a national flower in Singapore’s case. It is also a tool used in Singapore’s diplomatic relations. This essay explores this little-known aspect of our natural heritage.

Wheels On The Bus: Go Green, Go Buggy! Insect Farm Tour

7, 14, 21, 28 May • 10:00am

Tour Singapore's first insect farm as you learn more about food waste, insect farming, and sustainability! This tour is suitable for participants of all ages. Get ready to get your hands grubby!