Saturday 28 November 2015

SG Heart Map Festival at The Float celebrates Singaporeans' favourite haunts

By Jasmine Osada, The Straits Times, 27 Nov 2015

A year-long drive that saw Singaporeans sharing stories about their favourite places has culminated in a grand celebration.

The four-day SG Heart Map Festival @ Float was launched last night amid a light show and fireworks at the Marina Bay floating platform. The SG Heart Map initiative began in November last year, when Singaporeans were asked to share personal stories about the places that define Singapore.

To date, about 100,000 contributions have been collected and they have inspired art installations at the SG Heart Map Festival. Some of the places include Changi Village, East Coast Park, Little India and Tanjong Pagar.

Visitors were greeted by exhibits created by the festival's seven lead artists. The works included poetry and prose, an audio installation, a photography showcase and a short film made specially for the event by Singapore film-maker Royston Tan.

Mrs Chua Xin Ru, 36, a business owner who was at the festival with her husband and children, said: "We sometimes take these places in Singapore for granted as we see them every day, but they are actually what makes us Singaporean."

Encouraging Singaporeans to join in the celebrations, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu said: "This is a great event for Singaporeans to come, not only for the atmosphere but also to fall in love with the Singapore cityscape once again."

A community-driven initiative led by the SG50 Environment and Infrastructure Committee, the SG Heart Map Festival @ Float is now on at the Float @ Marina Bay until Sunday.

Today, it is open from 5pm to midnight. More details, including opening hours on specific days, can be found at


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