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The Singapore Bicentennial : Let’s Celebrate !
January 25 - March 31
Looking Back, Looking Ahead : at not just the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival in Singapore but also the evolution of Singapore in the last 700 years.
Beginning with the logo which reflects both change and continuity in seven red poly-shapes, each for one century, in a circle symbolising the island’s transformation through time, adapting and evolving to become present-day Singapore.
2019 CELEBRATIONS and Event Calendar
Augmented reality trail of the Singapore River and Fort Canning : January 28th onwards
Rediscover key events (such as the signing of the 1819 treaty at the Padang) through a new augmented reality app from the National Heritage Board and National Parks Board. Meet early settlers, including a Baweanese pondok chief, Chinese coolies, Indian Chettiars, Sir Stamford Raffles and William Farquhar.
i Light Singapore : January 28th – February 24th
This Bicentennial edition features 32 artworks based on the theme Bridges Of Time @ Marina Bay, the Civic District, Singapore River and the Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park. Artworks include Cenotaph For A Stone – a reinterpretation of the Singapore Stone in 51 fragments of rock (by students from the National University of Singapore) and Prospegtive Perspective, where clothes pegs recreate part of the Singapore skyline. Literally, six works are installed on the bridges spanning the Singapore River.
As the anchor event of the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration, the festival will feature an immersive, multimedia float show on the historic Singapore River. An immersive spectacle of light, sound and water, this poetic landscape of sculptures and fountains will explore Singapore’s evolution from fishing village to global metropolis.
Light To Night Festival : Janury 18th – February 24th
This urban art event celebrates Singapore’s Civic District and examines milestones across the island’s 700 years of history through memories and stories from the area. The installations will include projections on the facade of the National Gallery Singapore’s City Hall Wing.
Projecting little-known stories of Singapore : March 15th – April
A series of projected installations around the city center every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Heritage Festival : March 9th – 23rd
Featuring heritage trails, tours, open houses and performances in various locations and precincts around Singapore.
This Festival collaborates on the projection installations in the Find Your Place in History – City Centre Edition.
Find Your Place in History Trails : April to August
Various projection installations at various historical spots, highlighting the less well-known points of Singapore’s history. One trail @ Telok Ayer Street (one of Singapore’s oldest roads) discovers the backstory of the area – which was once the coastline and the first landing point for migrants who arrived by sea. Different places of worship (like the Nagore Dargah, Thian Hock Kheng Temple and Al-Abrar Mosque which still exist today) were built to give thanks to the different gods for safe passage.
Imagine a Harry Potter kind of Marauder’s Map which allows entry into multiple stories about Singapore’s historic nooks and crannies.
Heartland Roadshows : March – April
Showcasing 700 years of history in various locations.
Bicentennial Interactive Book : May – August
An interactive e-book on 700 years of Singapore’s history through the experiences of 25 historical characters (such as Palembang Prince Sang Nila Utama),with illustrations, videos and articles. Chapters rolled out progressively each month.
Istana Open House : June 5th, 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
A special Open House for Hari Raya Puasa, in conjunction with the Singapore Bicentennial. A celebration of Singapore’s food heritage as well.
From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience @ Fort Canning : June 1st – September 15th
An immersive and cinematic experience showcasing iconic moments in Singapore’s 700-year history through galleries and installations.
The Time Traveller @ Fort Canning Centre – an immersive, cinematic ticketed experience divided into five acts, depicting the first 500 years of Singapore’s history, from 1299, and the 1603 fierce naval battles off the coast of Changi between the Portuguese and Dutch over trade in Asia.
Pathfinder @ Fort Gate – 8 interactive pavilions such as Emporium of the East (a simulation of a pre-1819 emporium and featuring the trade and material culture of Singapore and the region), Seed Conservatory (showcasing the flora of Singapore and cash crops from the region) and Pavilion of Words (an open-air library with iconic books and texts from Singapore’s 700-year history).
Gardens by the Bay : December
A customised work by an art collective, reflecting the hopes and wishes of Singaporeans collected at various events throughout the year. Instagram friendly, tech-savvy and multi-media.
A variety of exhibitions organised by the Asian Civilisations Museum (Raffles in Southeast Asia: Revisiting the Scholar and Statesman (1st February to 28th April, daily 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. and free admission) in collaboration with the British Museum, featuring South-east Asian objects that reflect Sir Stamford Raffles’ role as an avid collector and explorer in the region), National Museum of Singapore (An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s – 1819, examining the 200 years before 1819, and the European’s interest in trade, colonialism and exploration), National Gallery of Singapore and National Library Board.