Singapore Heritage Festival Takes Over (Caldecott)!
Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 – on its 14th edition – has launched the SHF Takes Over! programme to plentiful fanfare. The inaugural programme kicks off by taking festival goers to Caldecott Broadcast Centre, the heart of Singapore’s broadcast history where local radio and television productions were conceived and produced.
According to festival director Angelita Teo, SHF Takes Over! will open up spaces previously unexplored or inaccessible and bring festival goers closer with hidden tales and personal experiences of the site. She says, “This year, our new programme ‘SHF Takes Over!’ brings Singaporeans to Caldecott Broadcast Centre, a place that many of us are familiar with but few would have had the chance the visit. We hope that this experience will encourage our audiences to discover more about Singapore’s rich history and heritage, and to be inspired to contribute in their own way.”
SHF Takes Over! pays brief homage to Caldecott’s history beyond the broadcast centre. The hill where the latter sits on was named after Sir Andrew Caldecott, the Colonial Secretary of the Straits Settlements in the 1930s. The surrounding roads (Olive, Joan and John) were named after his wife and two children respectively. The hill was also home to crop fields and plantation houses, with large portions of the land owned by Seah Eu Chin, an early immigrant and prominent philanthropist who made his fortune in pepper and gambier trading in the 19th century.
The spotlight of the festival really, is on Caldecott as home to Mediacorp’s recently vacated headquarters. The festival takes place at the oldest part of Caldecott Broadcast Centre, where Radio-Television Singapore, Singapore’s first radio station, was set up. The TV50 Exhibition at Caldecott will take festival goers through the progress of Singapore’s broadcasting history and culture from the 1960s onwards.
Launched in 2004 and currently in its 14th year, the Singapore Heritage Festival has offered Singaporeans a platform to explore and discover lesser-known aspects of Singapore’s heritage and culture through specially curated exhibitions, heritage trails, open houses and more. Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 spans three weekends from 28 April to 14 May 2017 and features more than 110 programmes. For more information on the Singapore Heritage Festival 2017, please visit http://heritagefestival.sg/.