National Day this year may be different than previous ones, but trust the Lion City to not let anything put a downer on the celebrations. The fireworks may be postponed but this year, seven cultural and historical buildings in the Bras Basah Bugis district will be illuminated in red and white.
In case you didn't know, every August sees the annual light-up of civic, cultural and historical landmarks to mark National Day. Last year's landmarks include the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall and The Arts House. This year's selection, however, includes lesser-known venues like the National Design Centre, Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film and the Stamford Arts Centre. But those familiar with Singapore's art scene can tell you that each of the buildings has been monumental in shaping Singapore's arts and cultural legacy into what it is today. The other buildings that will be part of the light-up are the Central Fire Station, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and the National Museum of Singapore and the Cathay.
Come up with your own trail and the area and take a stroll while appreciating our city's cultural heritage. You can even crank up the volume of this year's NDP theme song, The Road Ahead and do the 'Dance of the Nation'.
All seven buildings will be lit up every night in August from 7.30pm to midnight, so you have all month to check it out. In conjunction with the light-ups, a slew of programmes will also be held online by the National Heritage Board to help people get into the mood for National Day amid the pandemic, including performances, storytelling sessions, short film screenings and heritage games. And while this year's NDP has been postponed to August 21, a ceremonial parade will still be held on August 9.