Istana open house on Saturday

A police on duty at one of the guard houses on the Istana compound.

SINGAPORE - In celebration of Deepavali, the Istana grounds will be open to the public on Saturday, November 2, from 8am to 6pm.

Visitors can look forward to on-going performances by various groups from the People's Association (PA)'s PAssionArt. These will include the Kristang Eurasian Song and Dance Group, "Paduka" Moulmein Dikir Barat IG, Bishan North's the Golden Years Ukulele Strummers, Fuhua Secondary School Military Band Performance, Project: W, Kampong Chai Chee Bollywood Dance Group and Atrika Dance Co.

Performances will also be put up by the Fuhua Secondary School Military Band, Ngee Ann Polytechnic Baracuda Batucada, Zhonghua Secondary School Symphonic Band and Concord Primary School Indian Dance Troupe at this year's Deepavali Open House.

Family-oriented activities available throughout the day include bird exhibition by Jurong Bird Park, Instant Portraits by Gloria Photo Studio and Cosmoprof Face Painting.

Members of the public can tour selected function rooms in the Istana main building to view a display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister by foreign dignitaries. Guided tours of the Istana main building will be conducted by volunteers from the Preservation of Monuments Board.

Visitors can also learn about designated landmarks on the Istana ground via a self-guided tour using the "Istana Garden Walk" phone application that can be downloaded from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store.

Entry to the Istana ground is free for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents. Others visitors will be required to pay an entrance fee of $1 per person.

Entrance to the Istana ground is via the main gate at Orchard Road. Additional fees for the tours of the Istana main building will be applicable. Istana merchandise will also be put up for sale by the National Council of Social Services.

Proceeds from the entrance fees collected and sale of merchandise will be donated to charity.