In March 2019, Singapore submitted the nomination documents to inscribe “Hawker Culture in Singapore: Community Dining and Culinary Practices in a Multicultural Urban Context” on the UNESCO Representative List. The title was chosen as it represents the following characteristics of Hawker Culture in Singapore:
- Hawker centres as community dining spaces for everyone
- Mastery of skills by hawkers, who are the bearers of hawker culinary practices
- A reflection of Singapore’s multicultural society
- A thriving culture in an urban environment
The documents will first be evaluated by a panel of experts appointed by UNESCO and then assessed by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee which comprises representatives from different countries. The evaluation process will take place over a period of one year and nine months, and the results will be announced in end 2020.
The following contains a summary of the nomination documents.