11 Aug '14, 7am

What’s next for S’pore history now that HeritageFest is over and done with?

What’s next for S’pore history now that HeritageFest is over and done with?

HeritageFest has wound up, but something seems different about it this year. First, there was the completely unexpected demand for its island-hopping trails that crashed the registration website . Second, organisers were considering extending these trails into the post-festival period so more people can participate. Not only are governing bodies turning the focus toward creative ways of involving people in local heritage, real interest is growing. This is probably not that all surprising in the wake of much public discussion over sites like Bukit Brown and the Green Corridor. And in the wake of HeritageFest, perhaps our thoughts about heritage in Singapore have matured enough for a considered discussion on what exactly it means for people and government, as we celebrate Singapore’s 49th birthday. Not least, because there is a curious tension between the idea of heritage an...

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2014/08/whats-next-for-spore-history...

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