From 5 to 6 December 2019, the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) hosted its international friends at SIF Connects! Singapore to showcase Singapore’s past, present and future. The immersive programme saw participants visiting a vibrant mix of community spaces, social enterprises and urban green spaces.
As 2019 also marked Singapore’s Bicentennial Year, the visit began with the centrepiece event, “From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience”, giving participants a glimpse into Singapore’s transformation over the centuries.
The biennial local edition culminated in ShiOK! Nite, an evening of celebration. The night was filled with festivities as guests mingled and reconnected over a spread of Singaporean delights, visited exhibit booths featuring the work of the SIF’s programme alumni, and pledged their support for a better world. Guests were also kept entertained with performances by local and international artists: Quan Ho Folklore Song and Dance and the Cheo Song and Dance by the Ecopark Art Club Community Performers (Vietnam), Prae-Wa Thai Dance (Thailand), stand-up comedy by Singaporean comedian Fakkah Fuzz, and live music by Clement Chow, esteemed Singaporean musician, who performed his original piece None of This Came Easy, a heartfelt ballad written specially for Singapore’s Bicentennial year.