5 Socially Conscious Ways To Celebrate Singapore's National Day

Lesley Teoh

Didn’t get tickets to the National Day Parade this year? Don’t fret because we’ve put together a list of uniquely Singaporean social enterprises that will make you feel proud to be Singaporean.

1. Love Your Lorongs

Social Enterprise: Geylang Adventures 

Join Geylang Adventures and see Singapore's only legalised red light district in a whole new…light. More than just durians, hawker food and shady dealings, the neighbourhood is also a cultural melting pot. For example did you know that it houses the highest number of religious institutions in Singapore? On these walking tours (led by long-time resident Yin Zhou), you’ll explore hidden back alleys, check out where the locals eat, and learn about the challenges faced by the migrant workers who live there.

Social Mission: Through these trails, Geylang Adventures hopes to break down barriers by creating more awareness and understanding of real-life issues. They also conduct several other community initiatives such as Back Alley Barbers (free haircuts for migrant workers) to challenge and change social norms and perceptions.

Geylang Adventures are held on weekdays at 6 pm. Book your tour here


2. Learn To Cook Sambal Prawns Like A Boss


Social Enterprise:  Food Playground

Immerse yourself in Singapore’s rich food heritage at this celebrated cooking classes. Consistently ranked as the Top Activity in Singapore on Tripadvisor, the classes are held in a pre-war heritage shop house in Chinatown, where you’ll try your hand at making traditional dishes like spicy sambal prawns, kueh dadar (sweet nyonya rolls) and roti jala ("net bread", a savoury lacy pancakes).

Social Mission: Food Playground provides flexi-work employment and training opportunities to stay-at-home moms and active seniors.

Classes  are on from Monday to Saturday. 24A Sago Street, Singapore 059020


3. Join the Village People

Ground Up Initiative

Social Enterprise: Ground-Up Initiative 

Rekindle your kampong (village) spirit with Group-Up Initiative (GUI) which seeks to reconnect city dwellers with nature. Join in their Balik Kampung (meaning ‘going home’ in Malay) community programme that helps us to renew our connection with the land and one another through a variety of tasks – farming, cooking and housekeeping to upkeep the Kampung Kampus, a community campus located in Yishun that is being built up by volunteers from all walks of life. GUI hopes to inspire the community to actively look after the space and encourage mindfulness in our lives. 

Social Mission: They are also running an educational course for kids to learn Morse code and how to design their own electronic projects from scratch this national day weekend. you can sign up for Saturday Circuit on 6 Aug here

Kampung Campus, 91 Lorong Chencharu, Singapore 769201


4. Go Big Or Go Home

 Giant Games Festival Singapore - Society Staples

Social Enterprise: A shuttlecock the size of your face - WHAT? Get ready for an afternoon of supersized fun at the Giant Games Festival on 5-6 August featuring childhood games you know and love but bigger! The ten larger-than-life sized games include giant jenga, life-sized Pick Up Stix and and badminton matches with shuttlecocks and rackets are larger than your face. To celebrate National Day, you can also join the human formation of the number 51 to celebrate Singapore’s 51st birthday on 6 August, 4pm - 5pm. 

Social Mission: Organised by Society Staples, the sporting carnival with a twist aims to encourage active living for all and advance the public’s understanding of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). You can also try out some giant games with a simulated disability, before writing a pledge towards inclusion. 

Admission is free.

5-6 Aug, 11am - 7pm, The Red Box (Opposite *SCAPE), 113 Somerset Road, Singapore 238165


5. Eyes Closed. Ears Piqued.

Social Enterprise: Dialogue In The Dark

No dancing girls. No glittering lights. Concert In The Dark is precisely that, a novel music-listening experience that "allows music lovers to enjoy a variety of genres in a unique setting". The bilingual concert featuring local musicians like Nathan Hartono (who recently wowed at Sing! China), jazz vocalist Joanna Dong, and indie bands Disco Hue. Expect a mix of English and Mandarin, and a listening experience like no other.

Social mission: Concert In The Dark is an annual event organised by Dialogue In The Dark, an international social enterprise that aims to bridge the gap between the visually impaired and the seeing. 

13th August, The Star Gallery 7pm, 

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