Arts & Heritage Tours

Conference Day 3, 12 November 2017

To provide additional context to the historical and socio-political contexts of Singapore, on Day 3 of the conference delegates are to choose from one of three Heritage Tours designed for CIMAM 2017 delegates. Each tour is a combination of bus rides and exploration on foot, and includes visits to heritage districts and a contemporary art venue/institution—the aim is to uncover another facet of Singapore’s multi-layered history and contemporary reality.

→ Civic District: Singapore’s Civic District is home to the many monuments and historic spaces of its colonial and pre-independence past. Delegates will glean an understanding of the development of the city-state as well as the strategy of adaptive re-use of this historic heart of the city.

→ Tiong Bahru: One of the first public housing estates of the city-state, pre-dating even the post-independence public housing programme for which it is famous, Tiong Bahru is an important heritage zone. Apart from Art Deco pre-war architecture delegates will see the juxtaposition of suburban Singapore and chic shop-houses.

→ Bras Basah.Bugis: The Bras Basah.Bugis precinct contains in one district the complex history of multicultural Singapore. Including visits to Hindu temples, Catholic churches and other places of worship, delegates will learn more about the various communities which once lived and worked around the area, as well as the newer establishments contributing to the eclecticism of the city.