My Community Festival returns with physical workshops and tours, 3 neighbourhoods spotlighted

Happening from Aug 5 to 21, the community-run festival features 64 fully physical tours and experiences across eight programme series.

Caleb Lau

Grew up a musician, found a calling in photography and writing. Still in love with all of them.

Published: 26 July 2022, 2:56 PM

With support from the Singapore Tourism Board, non-profit organisation My Community will bring back My Community Festival for its third edition from Aug 5 to 21.

Centred on the theme of My Home Sweet Home, the ground-up community event will feature 64 fully physical tours and experiences across eight programme series. 

Over the course of three weeks, festival-goers will have exclusive access to the private spaces of the many communities in Singapore, including their homes, workplaces, places of worship, and communal spaces. 


For each of the three weekends of the festival, the neighbourhood of (From left) Changi Village, Alexandra Village and Chinatown will be spotlighted through tours, workshops and performances held in the area. PHOTO CREDIT: CALEB LAU, MY COMMUNITY FESTIVAL


The festival’s anchor programme series this year, titled My Home, Truly, will enable tour participants to meet various groups of people and their homes, ranging from foreign workers to kampung dwellers and Jalan Besar rental flat residents. 

Three new programmes have also been introduced in this edition. This includes the Find My Fixer programme, which will show participants ways to restore broken items with sentimental value to their original state or find a new lease of life in an environmentally sustainable manner.


(From left) Stuffed Toys Hospital’s Jane Cher, handyman Benjamin Arman and kintsugi artist Winnie Wong are amongst ten fixers and craftsmen conducting workshops during the festival. PHOTO CREDIT: CALEB LAU


Another new programme introduced in this edition is My Little Singapore, where participants can visit unofficial enclaves such as Little Belgium and Little Philippines which are formed by expatriate communities.

Aside from the aforementioned two programmes, a new What’s for My Dinner series is also in store, where 20 Singaporean, ASEAN and international families will open their homes and serve cultural dishes to visitors. 


The households will showcase dishes ranging from local fare like (left) Roasted Masala Chicken to international flavours like (right) South African dish Bunny Chow. PHOTO CREDIT: MY COMMUNITY FESTIVAL


The festival will also bring back past programmes including Welcome to My Island Home, which offers tours on surrounding islands like Pulau Hantu and Pulau Ubin; My Prayers and Practices, which brings participants to places of worship of all ten major religions in Singapore; and After Hours @ My Community, which brings participants on a night walk through places like Bukit Brown cemetery and Mandai Wildlife Reserve.

“The festival is a collective celebration of Singapore as a home, and with our programmes taking people into the heart of each community, we hope it will enable festival-goers to reflect what home means to them and spark curiosity about the lesser-known places and spaces that make our island home unique,” said festival director and My Community co-founder Kwek Li Yong.

Festival-goers can purchase their tickets and find more information on the programmes on My Community Festival’s official website.

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