SINGAPORE: The Singapore Botanic Gardens, which was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site, will host a slew of activities during the Jubilee Weekend to mark Singapore’s 50th birthday.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong on Friday (Jul 10) announced the line-up of activities at the Gardens from Aug 7-9. He was speaking at the launch of National Parks Board’s new exhibition titled Botanical Inspirations, which showcases the Botanic Gardens’ orchid heritage.
On Aug 7, a concert recreating the “Aneka Ragam Ra’ayat” or “People’s Variety Show”, will be held. The concert will feature a line-up of 13 local artistes and cultural dance troups performing contemporary and evergreen songs in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. The Aneka Ragam Ra’ayat concerts were a regular occurrence at the Gardens up till the early 1960s, said Mr Wong.
This year’s edition of the concert is a “very symbolic trip back in time, to celebrate the early years which laid the foundation for our strong multiracial and multi-religious community today,” said Mr Wong in his speech. The concert was first held at the Botanic Gardens in 1959.
The unveiling of the official Singapore Botanic Gardens’ World Heritage site inscription will also take place at the concert, said Mr Wong. The plaque will be installed at the Gardens’ Tanglin gate.
Visitors to the Gardens’ Jubilee Weekend carnival on Aug 9 will be able to catch a live broadcast of the National Day Parade. Mr Wong invited visitors to “discover both old and new reasons to cherish the Singapore Botanic Gardens – our first UNESCO…