Surprise appearance from Singapore’s Minister of State Tan Chuan Jin at Heritage Kampung!
Original press release is available for download: http://www.heritagekampung.com/wp-content/uploads/TanChuanJinGOH.pdf
The final month of Ground-Up Initiative’s (GUI) Heritage Kampung festival has seen a fair bit of VIP interest. It kicked off with BG (NS) Tan Chuan Jin – Minister of State, Ministry of National Development & Ministry of Manpower – endorsing the event by agreeing to be its Guest-of-Honour on 9 June at 10am to start the weekend fun.
This decision came after the Minister paid a casual visit to GUI’s Sustainable Living Kampung last week. The hour-long visit lasted two hours as GUI’s work and the Kampung apparently struck a chord with him. It impressed him enough to adjust his busy schedule to squeeze in a guest appearance on Saturday in spite of an impending trip.
This weekend, 9-10 June, was the last full weekend of carnival fun leading up to the last day of Heritage Kampung fun and its finale dinner next Saturday, 16 June with The Grandest Peranakan Wedding.
Heritage Kampung is a carnival open to people of all ages at Bottle Tree Park, Yishun. The heritage event started in February 2012, featuring one weekend every month devoted to kampung fun and discovery of the 21st Century Kampung Spirit. GUI, a four-year-old volunteer-driven, non-profit believes that a 21st Century Kampung Spirit is key to a sustainable future and happier, more balanced communities. The weekend Heritage Kampung series has been a hit with families. There is no entry charge for visitors.
For details about activities and workshop programmes at Heritage Kampung, or to make reservations or book a table for The Grandest Peranakan Wedding (16 June), see heritagekampung.com and facebook.com/heritagekampung
Heritage Kampung is an independent event by the Ground-Up Initiatiative (GUI), a volunteer-driven non-profit that believes in the power of Kampung Culture in shaping communities for a sustainable tomorrow. It has the support of Bottle Tree Pte Ltd, the National Heritage Board and radio FM100.3.
Between carnival dates, GUI continues to run commissioned workshops for schools, corporations and public on leadership, engineering, farming, cooking and DIY activities, along with tours that showcase the creative sustainable practices of their kampung space at Bottle Tree Park. Heritage Kampung’s June finale week will feature The Grandest Peranakan Wedding — dinner theatre with a heritage twist. This, and the entire Heritage Kampung, is truly a people’s event.
A Celebration of Our Heritage 9-10, & 16 June 2012 10:00am – 8:00pm 11-15 June, workshops and activities run on request At Bottle Tree Park, Yishun
Admission is free
Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) [pronounced Gee-U-Aye] is a volunteer-driven non-profit community that values the connection with our land for the many things it teaches us. Since April 2009, GUI has been shaping a Sustainable Living Kampung (SL Kampung) in Bottle Tree Park, Yishun. The SL Kampung encourages projects and challenges that nurture environmental awareness, teamwork and personal responsibility. By building beautiful connections among the people, a community that cares about the humanity and the Earth has been expanding. With a diversity of activities ranging from organic farming, appropriate technologies, arts and culture to social and humanitarian projects, GUI is building a solution for a sustainable future via a Kampung Culture.
More about Ground-Up Initiative (GUI): groundupinitiative.org facebook.com/groundupinitiative kampungspirit.blogspot.com
More information, images and interviews are available on request.