Festival Director's Message
In 2020, Singapore HeritageFest (SHF) went completely online in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, the way we all feel, think, and behave has certainly changed as we learn to live in the “new normal”. As a team, this has given us the opportunity to reflect and look into new ways to grow and evolve the SHF experience for you, our festival goer.
For the 18th edition of SHF, we are delighted not just to unveil a new look and feel for our festival, but also an exciting programme of hybrid “phygital” experiences that will bring heritage to you in a whole new way. Starting from this year, you can also look forward to a more thematic focus with every edition of SHF – beginning with our timely celebration of our food culture and healthcare in Singapore.
This year, the 200th anniversary of Singapore General Hospital (SGH) gives us an opportune moment to look back at our medical history and highlight the stories of those who have helped shape it – from its pioneering days, to the critical role it plays in fighting the pandemic today. At the same time, the recent UNESCO inscription of hawker culture also inspired us to celebrate our vibrant food culture – exploring not just the tasty traditions of our past, but also looking to the future through issues like food security and sustainability. Food makes us all happy, and in many ways is just as healing as medicine. We hope this edition brings a smile to your face and helps you reflect on the importance of self-care and well-being – things that are even more necessary in today’s climate.
All of us at SHF firmly believe that heritage holds the timeless power to connect us all. Come join us and our amazing heritage heroes on this wonderful journey to keep our heritage alive together.
Festival Director, Singapore HeritageFest 2021