1,000 people form giant Singapore map at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

1,000 people form giant Singapore map at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

SINGAPORE - About 1,000 people came together to create a unique human map of Singapore in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park this afternoon as part of SG Heart Map, a SG50 programme.

Decked out in Singapore's national colours, the 1,000-strong contingent made an outline of the island in white with a red heart in the middle. The surrounding islands were also included in the formation.

The event was led by Minister Grace Fu, who is the Co-Chair of the SG50 Environment and Infrastructure Committee, and Minister Heng Swee Keat, Chairman of the SG50 Steering Committee.

This was the initiative's first celebration event, held in conjunction with NParks' SG50 Concert Series in the Park.

The SG Heart Map seeks to weave memorable past places, meaningful new places and aspirations for future places into a collective map, through the shared stories of Singaporeans.

The event also saw the unveiling of literary works authored by a team of 10 established local writers, led by Mr Kenny Leck, co-founder of Books Actually.

The literary works relate to the theme of childhood and were showcased on giant inflatables lined around the park.

Visitors were also able to contribute their own childhood stories about places in Singapore at the SG Heart Map roving vans on-site.

Concert-goers were treated to a sneak preview of local filmmaker Royston Tan's short film - 50 First Kisses - for SG Heart Map.

The film features stories of Singaporeans from all walks of life and demonstrates enduring relationships among families and friends over time.

Other fringe activities at the concert included a kite display which was part of the SG Heart Map Kite Festival, and a carnival with food and game stalls.

Visitors who shared their personal stories at the SG Heart Map contribution booths, also received a specially designed SG Heart Map picnic mat.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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