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NHB’s “50 Years of National Day Parades” Travelling Exhibition

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To celebrate 50 years of National Day Parades, the National Heritage Board (NHB) in conjunction with NDP 2016, takes visitors on a journey through history with a travelling exhibition.

The National Heritage Board (NHB) has curated a travelling exhibition in conjunction with National Day Parade (NDP) 2016 to allow visitors to travel through time from the very first parade held in 1966 to the most recent Jubilee celebrations held at the Padang.

The exhibition features more than 100 images, tracing the evolution of Singapore’s NDPs and highlighting several interesting facts through the years. Filled with fun factoids of the many “firsts” the parade has seen over the years, visitors will be filled with nostalgia as they reminisce the growth that Singapore has experienced.





Learn how the past parades in the 60s and 70s were focused on Singapore’s independence, and how the subsequent NDPs in the 80s and 90s presented a coming of age for Singapore as a nation.

Some interesting facts to look out for include how NDP was held in 1976 for the first time in the newly-completed National Stadium, as well as NDP 1989, which was well remembered for showcasing Singapore’s first-ever daylight fireworks.

Having been more than just a parade to Singaporeans, NDP has served as a rallying point for Singaporeans to look past their differences and come together from all walks of life.

Kicking off at Kallang Wave Mall, the exhibition will make its way to Bedok Public Libary from 20 June to 3 July and subsequently to Velocity Mall (4 to 7 July); One Raffles Place (8 to 21 July); and finally returning to Kallang Wave Mall in the lead-up to Singapore’s 50th NDP (23 July to 9 August).

NHB is also inviting the public to make their mark in Singapore’s history by coming forward to share their NDP memorabilia over the years from 1966 to 1999. Members of the public who wish to contribute to the exhibition may email with information and images of their objects for NHB’s consideration.



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