Celebrate Singapore’s National Day with National Gallery Singapore this August 2016!

Did you know – Singapore’s inaugural National Day Parade was held in front of the City Hall Building at the Padang on 9 August 1966. Singapore’s first president, Yusof bin Ishak, greeted the nation on the steps of City Hall to mark our country’s first birthday.

Join us back at the City Hall Building 50 years after this momentous occasion as we celebrate our independence. There’s something for everyone in the wide range of activities and programmes throughout August!


  • Visit all the exhibitions for free with Gallery’s Open House
  • Catch the “live” screening of National Day Parade at Gallery & Co. with local delights
  • Take part in family activities that celebrate the nation’s rich heritage and notion of “home”
  • Enjoy music performances of popular local tunes throughout the day
  • Grab merchandise from the newly launched The Artist Project series, inspired by the Gallery’s Singapore exhibition
  • Dine at the Gallery’s F&B outlets with special menus and promotions in line with celebrations

Date: 5 – 29 August 2016*
*Refer to activities for specific date and timings
Time: Sun-Thu: 10am – 7pm | Fri-Sat, Eve of PH, and PH: 10am – 10pm
Venue: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Rd Singapore 178957

9 Aug | All Day | Free

Learn about Singapore’s history and identity through the artworks in Siapa Nama Kamu? (What is your name?) in the DBS Singapore Gallery. Move into the world of Southeast Asia and view Singapore’s connections with the rest of the region through artworks in Declarations and Dreams in the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery.

With free entry into all of Gallery’s exhibitions for locals and foreigners, it is the perfect opportunity to learn more about Singapore’s heritage and see it from an artistic point of view this National Day.

Visitors can also pen their wishes for the country on a specially designed wall.

National Day at Padang 1967

9 Aug | 6PM Onwards | Gallery & Co Café | Free

Join us for the live screening of the National Day Parade at Gallery & Co Café, housed in the significant City Hall Building. What’s more, engage in Singapore’s favourite past time and enjoy a piping hot meal of Nasi Champur as we revel in the celebrations.

Only limited to the first 90 visitors, so do drop by and “chope” your seats early!

6 – 7, 9, 20 – 21, 27 – 28 Aug | All Day | Keppel Centre for Art Education | Free

Create a personalised “time capsule” to preserve your most treasured memories of home and family.

13 – 14 Aug | 11am – 6pm | Registration may be required for some activities

Celebrate Singapore’s birthday with fun-filled art and heritage activities for the whole family. Join an Art Explorer tour, discover Singapore folktales with master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran, or try your hand at blind contour drawing.

Sat & Sun, 6 – 28 Aug | 2pm, 3pm, 4pm | Padang Atrium | Free

Drop in on weekends and enjoy a nostalgic afternoon of home grown music from instrumental covers of local classics to original compositions.

5, 12, 29 Aug | 2.30pm | Singapore Courtyard | Free

In celebration of Singapore’s rich music heritage, this concert series invites school students to showcase original compositions or interpretations of popular local tunes on the striking red grand piano in the Singapore Courtyard.


Artist project series MAJULAH
[Liu Kang, National Day (1967), Oil on canvas, 84 x 126cm, Collection of the National Gallery Singapore]

Inspired by the Siapa Nama Kamu? (What is your Name?) exhibition housed within the Gallery, The Artist Project series was designed to create visual responses that best represent Singapore. Working with a pool of individuals from the local design industry, the end result is a vivid and extensive collection of contemporary artworks in three sub-themes.

Grab the newly launched merchandise from the first sub-theme, Majulah, exclusively at Gallery & Co.

Inspired by some of our city’s well-loved dishes, delight in classic dim sum fare with a local twist this August at Yàn. Featuring a special menu in celebration of Singapore’s birthday, indulge in Bak Kut Teh Xiao Long Bao, Pan-Fried Chilli Crab Meat Bun, Steamed Hainanese Chicken Sticky Rice wrapped in Lotus Leaf and more.

Smoke & Mirrors
Fancy the taste of Nasi Lemak? Then you’d might want to take a sip of Smoke & Mirror’s August special tipple. The Fatty Old Fashioned (S$22++) is the bartender’s alcoholic ode to Singapore’s 51 years of independence with an adventurous mix of rum, rice pandan syrup, coconut foam topped with crushed ikan bilis and paprika. Here’s to celebrating the best of local flavours at Smoke & Mirrors.

Torn between your love for Italian and local cuisines? Have the best of both as Aura dishes out a delectable 4 course menu where you’ll see your favourite Singaporean dishes interpreted with an Italian twist. The menu is exclusively available for dinner at S$88++ per person at the Sky Lounge.

Enjoy a special menu of stir-fried baby kailan, silken tofu and water chestnut with cumin, chilli and garlic, served with steamed basmati rice.

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August Family Activities 2016