This National Day, the National Heritage Board (NHB) hopes to unite Singaporeans through arts, culture and heritage with the illumination of seven buildings in the Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) precinct in the colours of the National Flag, and a line-up of online performances, stories and interactive offerings that celebrate Singapore’s 56th birthday.
Buildings that represent different chapters in Singapore’s story
Cultural and historical landmarks in the BBB precinct – the Central Fire Station, Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, National Museum of Singapore, National Design Centre, Stamford Arts Centre, Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film, and The Cathay – will be bathed in red and white light to inspire and encourage Singaporeans.
The lighting of three National Monuments in the historic BBB precinct will be a testament to the contributions and progress of different communities towards nation-building over the decades. The Central Fire Station is Singapore’s oldest existing fire station and a symbol of the transformation of our nation’s early volunteer firefighting squads into a modern-day civil defence force; The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is the oldest Catholic Church in Singapore, having been constructed in 1843 as a place of worship for Singapore’s first Catholic community; while the National Museum of Singapore is the nation’s oldest museum, tracing its history to the mid-1800s, inspiring visitors today with stories of Singapore and the world.
Four other buildings that are hubs of Singapore’s cultural and design scene – the National Design Centre, Stamford Art Centre and Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film, and The Cathay – will join the tribute to Singapore for its birthday. These institutions represent a modern city that thrives on its vibrant creative communities while treasuring its heritage. The National Design Centre occupies the 120-year-old premises of the former St. Anthony’s Convent, which was founded by the Portuguese Mission for Singapore’s poor and disadvantaged communities; Stamford Arts Centre was built in 1920 as the Japanese
Elementary School, before going on to house the Shackle Club (a British military recreation centre), Gan Eng Seng School and Stamford Girls School; Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film (a non-profit visual arts space dedicated to film and photography) was once home to the Methodist Girls School and subsequently the first Straits Chinese Methodist Church; while The Cathay was the tallest building in Singapore and Southeast Asia when it opened in 1939.
The light-up of BBB precinct is presented alongside the light-ups of cultural and historical landmarks in the Civic District, including Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, National Gallery Singapore, The Arts House, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, and Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, in a show of unity across the arts and culture sector.
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Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct National Day Light-up
Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct National Day Light-up The Bras Basah.Bugis precinct celebrates National Day in red and white lights, to rally Singaporeans to be united through culture.
Seven historically and culturally significant buildings in the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct will be lit in the colours of the National Flag to inspire and encourage Singaporeans, and to represent the nation’s shared values and achievements.
Date: 1 to 31 August 2021
Time: 7.30pm – 12am
- Central Fire Station
62 Hill St, Singapore 179367
- The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
“A” Queen St, Singapore 188533
- National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
- National Design Centre
111 Middle Rd, Singapore 188969
- Stamford Arts Centre
155 Waterloo St, Singapore 187962
- Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film
155 Middle Rd, Singapore 188977
- The Cathay
2 Handy Rd, Singapore 229233
You can embark on this recommended route for your self-guided exploration of all seven buildings/sites here.
The route will take you to the various sites in the following order: The Cathay → National Museum of Singapore → Central Fire Station → Cathedral of the Good Shepherd → Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film → Stamford Arts Centre → National Design Centre
Singapore’s National Day 2021
Singapore’s 56th Birthday is just round the corner. Check out our list of Fun Things To Do This National Day 2021 Long Weekend In Singapore.
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