Rediscover heritage-rich neighbourhoods, go on a food trail, catch a concert, and shop your heart out — all in the name of Singapore's Golden Jubilee in 2015
With Singapore turning the big 5-0 on 9 August 2015, the whole nation is pulling out all the stops to make this Golden Jubilee celebration a truly memorable one. Here’s your guide to great events around Singapore to mark SG50.
Get to know modern Singapore on a deeper level with Diverse-City Trails by local organisation, The Thought Collective. Supported by Ben & Jerry’s, these walking tours cover issues the city faces around social cohesion, and takes participants to neighbourhoods including Little India, Toa Payoh, and Jalan Besar. Tickets cost $25 each, and the trails will run until 13 September.
For more engaging trails to discover Singapore, sign up for one of the mySG Trails and Exhibitions. Over 70 schools in Singapore are part of this youth-led initiative, which boasts highlights like a food trail in Jurong and a heritage tour of Bukit Panjang. For specific trail schedules and registration, visit the official website (as trails run at various times throughout 2015).
For great entertainment and a breath of fresh air, head to the various parks across Singapore for the Concert Series in the Park. This mini-series of free public concerts will be held through December, and will see local talents and community performing groups on stage. For something similar on a much bigger scale, there’s the two-hour-long Sing50 Concert on 7 August. Held at the new National Stadium at Singapore Sports Hub, this mega-concert pays homage to the most celebrated songs, performers, and composers that mark Singapore’s milestones in the music industry.
Singapore might be small, but we pack a punch. Not only can you get your kids in for free at some attractions like Sentosa and the Science Centre Singapore, you’ll be hard-pressed to leave the city empty-handed with all the shopping promotions in town. From personal shoppers to free hotel deliveries by big-name brands’ first stores in Asia (Lululemon, Valextra, Brunello Cucinelli, Gieves & Hawkes, to name a few), you’ll probably need another luggage for your holiday steals!
This article was first published in Singapore Insider. Pick up a copy of the print guide at Singapore Visitor Centres island-wide, including Orchard (junction of Cairnhill Road and Orchard Road), orchardgateway, ION Orchard (Level 1 Concierge), and Chinatown Visitor Centre (2 Banda Street), or download the latest issue.