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NHB’s signature festivals – the Singapore Heritage Festival (SHF) and the Singapore Night Festival (SNF) – are good examples of how we are creating more co-creation and partnership opportunities, and offering platforms to showcase the contributions of our partners.

First launched in 2004, SHF is an annual platform that presents lesser-known stories about Singapore’s shared spaces and ways of life. Through trails, open houses and performances, the festival enables Singapore’s diverse communities to share their stories and showcase different aspects of Singapore’s culture and heritage.

The number of SHF partners grew from 58 in 2014 to 120 in 2016. They include the Eurasian Heritage Centre, which presented guided tours of spaces significant to the Eurasian community, and the Geylang Serai local council, which led guided trails on delicious dishes found in the neighbourhood.

SNF takes place in the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct over two weekends annually, and is well-loved for its light art installations, street performances and roving acts. In its first edition in 2008, the festival attracted six partners. By its 10th edition in 2017, the number of partners had grown to 73.

Besides art venues such as The Substation and Objectifs, businesses such as Kapok and Campers’ Corner, both more recent partners, presented their own light installations at SNF 2017. In addition, the PoMo mall organised a performing arts showcase by its tenants while True Blue, a restaurant specialising in Peranakan Cuisine, set up a pasar malam stall along the Armenian Street alleyway.