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It’s always a great
time to visit Singapore – one of the world’s favourite destinations. If you
haven’t holidayed there yet, make it your priority, for 2019 is a very special
time as the city-state commemorates its Bicentennial year. 2019 is the 200th
anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ landing in Singapore, which was one of the
key turning points in Singapore’s 700 year history. To mark this milestone year,
the city will be filled with events and festivals.
A brief history
The story of Singapore
is one of trials, tribulations and triumphs. During the 14th
century, Singapore flourished as an important trading post due to is strategic
location at the tip of the Malay Peninsula. The city was then ruled by the five
kings of ancient Singapura, which
literally translates as ‘The Lion City’.
Modern Singapore was
founded in the 19th century by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. On 29
January 1819, Raffles landed in Singapore, establishing it as a strategic
trading port. The city quickly grew as an entrepôt trade hub, attracting
immigrants from China, India, and the Malay Archipelago and beyond. This was
the beginning of one of Singapore’s key turning points, when the city changed
from a settlement of 1,000 people into the thriving nation that it has become
today, forged by a spirit of endurance and always forging ahead.
What to expect this year
A wide variety of events,
festivals and exhibitions to commemorate Singapore Bicentennial will be taking
place throughout the year. Some of the highlights include:
The Bicentennial Experience at Fort Canning Centre (1 June to 15 September 2019): Under the theme ‘From
Singapore to Singaporean’, Fort Canning Centre will be hosting the centrepiece
event of the Singapore Bicentennial. This multisensory, cinematic showcase will
take visitors on a reflective journey pinpointing key milestones in Singapore’s
700 years of history. The showcase will further highlight the significant
contributions of Singapore’s early settlers and communities through five
galleries, with three installations at the Fort Gate area for visitors to
explore. Free event but online
registration is needed.
Singapore Night Festival (16 to 24 August 2019): The SingaporeNight Festival is the largest outdoor performing arts festival held in the
heart of the Bras Basah Bugis precinct – Singapore’s arts and heritage
district. The signature highlight of the festival is the interactive light installations
projected onto the façades of the Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum
An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore,
1600 – 1819 (September 2019 to February 2020): This exhibition, to be held
at the National Museum of Singapore, will commemorate the Bicentennial. It will
trace the driving forces, which prompted the British East India Company (EIC)
to move into Southeast Asia and which later led to the founding of Singapore.
The exhibition will provide a larger world stage on which to place an understanding
for the context of Singapore’s historical founding through a range of artefacts
and exhibits, many of which are featured for the first time.
MHC Malay CultureFest (11 to 27 October 2019): Malay CultureFest is
an annual festival, celebrating the traditions and culture of the wider Malay Nusantara (archipelago), drawing the connections
of their shared culture through a series of performances, talks, workshops,
trails, and movie screenings. The 2019 two-week festival will focus on the
movement of people and ideas from the 16th to 19th
centuries and will feature newly commissioned performances and other
information on Singapore, please visit: www.visitsingapore.com
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