SG50 event lineup at Botanic Gardens unveiled

SG50 event lineup at Botanic Gardens unveiled
The Singapore Botanic Gardens has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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SINGAPORE - The Singapore Botanic Gardens will be celebrating Singapore's jubilee with a three-day carnival and a range of performances from Aug 7 to 9.

Activities by the National Parks Board (NParks) include free concerts at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage and Bandstand, as well as free outdoor movie screenings. The National Day Parade will also be telecast live in the Gardens on Aug 9. These activities celebrate shared memories as well as the rich cultural and botanical heritage of the Gardens, Singapore's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, said the NParks in a statement.

The carnivals will include a range of activities and game booths from 10am to 5pm, where Visitors can engage in traditional games and crafts, view cultural arts like botanical themed batik painting and calligraphy or relive childhood memories by indulging in favourite snacks such as old school biscuits and kacang puteh.

Visitors will be treated to concerts featuring favourite local acts, and hosted by Suhaimi Yusof and Vernetta Lopez.

Concerts

On Aug 7, expect performances by local groups and artistes including 53A, Rui En, John Molina, Olivia Ong, Taufik Batisah, Shabir and Corinne May.

On August 8 , the Singapore Lyric Opera accompanied by symphony orchestra and opera singers will enthrall concert goers in an evening of classical melodies, with a modern-day twist by home-grown talents, The Sam Willows.

T'ang Quartet and Brass Nation will be performing at the Bandstand from 7.45pm to 8.15pm on August 7 and 8. These performances will be followed by screenings of local movies "It's a Great Great World" and "Singapore Dreaming" from 8.30pm to 10pm at Lawn E overlooking Swan Lake on both days.

The National Day Parade will be telecast live on August 9, following a series of prescreening performances by local artistes such as Lorraine Tan, Vocaluptuous and Wicked Aura from 4pm.

Free admission to National Orchid Garden

From July 10 to Aug 31, as part of its anniversary celebrations, admission to the National Orchid Garden is free for Singaporeans and permanent residents.

Over 16,000 orchid plants will be on display at the Botany Centre until Aug 10 as part of the "Orchids of Singapore Botanic Gardens and Their Heritage" exhibition, which showcases the Gardens' rich orchid heritage. The Gardens' first exhibition of botanical art by international artists features plant portraits from the Shirley Sherwood Collection of Contemporary Botanical Art.

Held in the CDL Green Gallery @ SBG Heritage Museum, the "Tropical Splendour: Plant Portraits from the Shirley Sherwood Collection of Contemporary Botanical Art" exhibition will run until Nov 1.

Food & beverage promotions

Food and beverage outlets in the Singapore Botanic Gardens are also offering special National Day promotions in the month of August. Halia, Casa Verde, Corner House and Di Wei at Food Canopy have lined up menus to celebrate the nation's jubilee and the inscription of Singapore's first UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Also, visit the Garden Shops located at Tanglin Gate, Nassim Gate and the National Orchid Garden for botanical inspired gifts.

Visitors are advised to take public transport. Shuttle bus services will be available from Botanic Gardens MRT station on August 7 and 8 from 10am to 11pm.

On August 9, shuttle bus services will run from 10am to 10pm.

candicec@sph.com.sg

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