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S$500,000 Maritime Heritage Fund launched

A S$500,000 Maritime Heritage Fund was launched on Saturday (July 19) by the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) and National Heritage Board (NHB) to raise awareness of Singapore's maritime heritage.

SINGAPORE: A S$500,000 Maritime Heritage Fund was launched on Saturday (July 19) by the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) and National Heritage Board (NHB).

The money will support initiatives to raise awareness of Singapore's maritime heritage, including walks, multi-media productions and exhibitions.

"Our maritime heritage has left an indelible stamp on our cultural, economic and social development,” said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong.

“We are a diverse and multi-racial society, born as a meeting place for migrants who brought with them their rich cultures, heritage and traditions when they set foot on the banks of the Singapore River. It is important for Singaporeans to be aware of and take pride in our maritime past."

Mr Wong was speaking at the launch of the 11th Singapore HeritageFest (SHF) at the inaugural River Nights at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) on Saturday evening.

This year's festival is the largest with 11 festival hubs and over 60 programmes.

With the theme of "Our Islands, Our Home", the festival also puts a spotlight on Singapore's many islands, encouraging Singaporeans to re-connect with lesser known tales of the country's trading past.

In addition to talks, trails and hands-on activities, the exhibitions and programmes at each of the Festival Hubs also present the richness of Singapore's multi-faceted heritage through diverse themes.

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