Apr 27, 2017

10 Reasons why Caldecott Broadcast Centre is THE Place to Visit this Singapore Heritage Festival 2017

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Singapore Heritage Festival is back and in this 14th edition, we get to explore the nooks and crannies of our island home, and uncover the lesser-known stories of Singapore’s shared spaces and way of life.

Personally, I feel it's a fantastic festival to expose our kids to the hidden tales of our colourful history and heritage through the many heritage trails, tours, open houses, and performances that will be happening over three weekends from 28 April to 14 May 2017.

This year sees a brand new programme named SHF Takes Over!, which brings Singaporeans into inaccessible or less-explored spaces to uncover their hidden stories and memories!

One of the locations is the Caldecott Broadcast Centre and for this coming 2 weekends (28 Apr - 1 May & 5 - 7 May), visitors will be able to step into the heart of Singapore’s broadcast history and explore the oldest part of Caldecott Broadcast Centre, where Singapore’s first radio station, Radio-Television Singapore, was set up.

If you only have time to visit one event for Singapore Heritage Festival 2017, make Caldecott Broadcast Centre your top choice. Need a few more good reasons? Here are 10 of them.

1. Rare opportunity to visit an iconic location

The iconic location that many of us are familiar with, but which has been largely out of bounds to most, gives the public a free access to roam a part of the TV grounds that had churned many of the drama serials that we are familiar with.

What's more, the location will be transformed into a Festival Village for the next 2 weekends, with plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied... and the adults feeling truly nostalgic.

2. TV50 Exhibition

Trace the progress of Singapore’s broadcasting history and culture since the 1960s, from the emergence of television in Singaporean homes, to the diversity of productions unique to Singapore’s cultural and national identity.

Relive iconic moments created on television, and view main actors’ costumes from past Mediacorp drama productions.

Do drop by Aksi Mat Yoyo to The Awakening and back again, a video installation made up of cathode ray TV sets, and catch snatches of scenes from productions of yesteryear. Screening snippets from well-loved dramas, sitcoms and news programmes spanning 30 years, the work forms an evocative timepiece to the TV50 Exhibition.

28 April, 5 May, 6 May: 6pm - 10pm
29, 30 April: 4pm - 10pm
1, 7 May: 10am - 2pm

3. Community Wall

Take the chance to walk past a row of old production stores which used to house production sets of local television shows. Along the way, snap a few photos against some of the wall murals that have been specially commissioned for the festival.

There will also be a large community wall mural where visitors will be given stickers with designs related to the television and radio industry to add to the mural, spicing it up with colour and transforming the building facade into an evolving feature.

28 April, 5 May, 6 May: 6pm - 10pm
29, 30 April: 4pm - 10pm
1, 7 May: 10am - 2pm

4. Walk through an actual Channel 8 drama serial filming set

The upcoming blockbuster Channel 8 drama serial, The Lead, (premiering on 22 May 2017) was probably the final serial to be filmed on location at the old Mediacorp site before shifting to the new home at Buona Vista.

One of the scenes involved an old street consisting of market and hawker stalls and every single prop in that scene has been left untouched, allowing visitors to walk through the 'old street'.

Definitely an eye-opening experience, especially for the kids!

 4. Lips Sync Your Heart Out

Fancy karaoke-ing to familiar drama serial theme songs like 'Growing Up' and '早安老师'? Jump in front of a green screen and ‘sing’ your heart out to theme songs from well-loved local drama serials, and receive a video as a keepsake of your performance!

28 April, 5 May, 6 May: 6pm - 10pm
29, 30 April: 4pm - 5.30pm & 6pm - 10pm
1, 7 May: 10am - 2pm

5. Catch a local oldie show at Reruns Cinema

Sprawl on the (artificial) grass turf and relive the tear-jerking moments of local drama serials, cheer on contestants in trivia game shows, and laugh out loud at the iconic jabs of local comedians on well-loved sitcoms in the nightly Reruns Cinema.

28 - 30 April, 5 - 6 May: 6pm - 10pm

6. Nostalgia Overload at Studio 6

Whatever you do, do NOT miss paying Studio 6 a visit if you are heading down to Caldecott Boradcast Centre.

Here, contemporary theatre company Sweet Tooth by Cake presents Studio 6, a performance piece that fleshes out scripts of best loved comedies, comedy-dramas, variety and children shows that we all know and love - like 早安老师, Kopi-O and Aski Mat Yoyo.

28 Apr & 5 May: 7pm - 7.30pm & 8.30pm - 9pm
29, 30 Apr: 5pm - 5.30 pm, 7pm - 7.30pm & 9pm - 9.30pm
1, 7 May: 11am - 11.30am & 12.30pm - 1pm
6 May: 7pm - 7.30pm & 9pm - 9.30pm

7. Disco Party at Video DJ: Pop Rules

Retro fans are in for a treat! Taking place in the same film studio as Studio 6, visitors can make a song dedication to their loved ones at the Video DJ: Pop Rules, or just simply dance the evening away. Spanning the different eras of pop culture, DJs will spin well-loved tunes from the 60s and beyond. And kids are not left over - there is a disco party specially for the young ones! Details below:

28 April, 5 May:
6pm - 7pm: Electric Dreams (Retro)
7.30pm - 8.30pm: Play That Song (Dedication)
9pm - 10pm: In the Club (Dance)

29, 30 April:
4pm - 5pm: Rockabye (Kids)
5.30pm - 7pm: Electric Dreams (Retro)
7.30pm - 9pm: Play That Song (Dedication)
9.30pm - 10pm: In The Club (Dance)

6 May:
4pm - 4.30pm: Rockabye (Kids)
6pm - 7pm: Electric Dreams (Retro)
7.30pm - 9pm: Play That Song (Dedication)
9.30pm - 10pm: In The Club (Dance)

1, 7 May:
10am - 11am: Rockabye (Kids)
11.30am - 12.30pm: Electric Dreams (Retro)
1pm - 3pm: Play That Song (Dedication)

8. Munch at the Festival Village centre

There are food stalls set up in the Festival Village centre, which will be selling a range of food and beverages from otah and tofu fries to kopi and teh.

9. Performances galore

And while you are filling those tummies, catch a performance (or two) at the main stage area with performances specially curated for Singapore Heritage Festival 2017:

Fat Kids Are Harder To Kidnap
28 Apr - 30 Apr | 7.30pm - 8pm & 9pm - 9.30pm | Caldecott Broadcast Centre | Free Admission

Since 2008, Fat Kids Are Harder To Kidnap has been entertaining audiences with its quirky observations and wacky take on current affairs. This edition of Fat Kids will feature 20 plays in 30 minutes, and the audience gets to decide the order of the plays. This is a show that isn’t afraid to tackle hard issues and for this instalment, it will also draw inspiration from the wonderful world of broadcast.

Island Stories – Untold Stories of Sisters Islands and Kusu Island
28 Apr - 01 May, 05 May - 07 May | 28 April, 5 May, 6 May: 6.15pm - 6.45pm | 29, 30 April: 4.15pm - 4.45pm & 5.15pm - 5.45pm | 1, 7 May: 11.15am - 11.45amCaldecott Broadcast Centre | Free Admission

Three storytellers share two tales of how two Southern islands of Singapore came about. A tale of siblings; two sisters determined to stay together. And another tale of friendship, trust, respect and common goals between two boys of different races and a turtle. Discover the untold tales of Sisters Islands and Kusu Islands.

 10. Go on a Walking Caldecott tour

Want to know where a certain pair of drama lovebirds met? Or hear about a ghostly encounter on the hill? Or explore where the celebrities take a breather? Join Mediacorp artistes and industry staff as they bring you along the sites that form their fondest memories of Caldecott Broadcast Centre. Tread through areas at Caldecott Broadcast Centre as stories unfold about iconic studios, sets and offices that supported the local entertainment and news industry.

Without a doubt, Caldecott Broadcast Centre is THE place to be over the next 2 weekends and what colourful heritage festival it will be!

In addition, there are plenty of other Festival events happening across the island so for a full listing of all events and activities, visit heritagefest.sg.

Useful Information

Singapore Heritage Festival 2017
Dates: 28 Apr - 14 May 2017
Website: heritagefestival.sg

SHF Takes Over! Caldecott Broadcast Centre
Dates: 28 Apr - 1 May, 5 May - 7 May 2017
Venue: Caldecott Broadcast Centre
FREE Admission
Festival Village Map:
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Getting to Caldecott Broadcast Centre:

IMPORTANT: There is NO on-site parking at Caldecott Broadcast Centre. Visitors are encouraged to board the free shuttle bus services at Bishan MRT station, Caldecott MRT station or MacRitchie Reservoir carpark. If you are driving, Bishan Mrt Station will probably be the most ideal.

Shuttle bus timings are as follow:

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