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Sniff your way around Singapore

Kate McLean
Photo: Ian Georgeson Kate McLean

 

It’s SG50, and you know what that means. Plenty of firsts to commemorate our nation’s birthday, as well as people coming up with all sorts of reasons to piggyback on the hashtag. But hear us out – this one’s pretty cool.

AllSense is organising eight Scent Walks around the country from June 3 to 10 and inviting you to participate. Each free guided tour lasts about an hour and covers 1km in areas like Chinatown, Little India, Marina Bay, East Coast Park, Sentosa and Kampong Glam. You’ll be encouraged to discuss local sensory landmarks and how iconic aromas define our city, then pen down your thoughts on the scents of each location and the emotions they evoke. The effort is spearheaded by Kate McLean, a researcher and artist who has conducted similar walks in cities like New York, Paris and Milan. All this information is used to create a visual representation of Singapore’s (and Asia’s) first City Scent Map, which will then be displayed at a gallery showcase in Ion Orchard from Aug 1 to 21.

It’s all about nostalgia, which is pretty apt for the theme of the year. So if you’re keen on being part of this, register soon, ‘cause the limited spaces are up for grabs on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Sign up for the walks here.

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