Re-Route Festival 2022

Re-look and rediscover the sights, sounds and smells of Little India otherwise at Re-Route Competition 2022. Picture: Re-Route Competition

Should you assume you’ve seen sufficient of Singapore’s roads, lanes, landscapes, and again alleys for the reason that pandemic cooped us on our Little Crimson Dot, assume once more. PLUS Collaboratives, a husband-wife duo whose storied profession as a multi-award-winning design studio within the discipline of experiential design, spatial design, graphic design, and visible communication, has an attractive proposition for fellow Singaporeans craving to discover Little Indian in its granularity and not-often seen cultures. The couple made up of Mervin Tan and Cheryl Sim are Inventive Director and Design Administrators respectively of the agency. Being co-founders of the corporate, their curiosity can’t be tamed particularly after they research how good design is linked to human behaviours. Tan was concerned in plenty of nationwide programmes reminiscent of Singaplural in 2015 and 2016 the place he was the Competition Director. He additionally took the reins of curating the multi-disciplinary experiences that launched the Singapore Tourism Board’s tourism marketing campaign referred to as “Ardour Made Potential”.

Re-Route Festival 2022

Cheryl Sim and Mervin Tan, Administrators of Re-Route Competition. Picture: Re-Route Competition

Cheryl Sim’s forte delves into spatial design, graphic design, experiential design, and visible communication. Her tutorial background the place she holds a Grasp’s diploma in Structure has led her to mix visible communications with the fields of built-in design rules for her shoppers and authorities work. Considered one of her famend works was creating an immersive print expertise for FujiFilm Enterprise Innovation referred to as “Insecta Iridesse” the place attendees explored tactility throughout the launch of the Ardour Made Potential model for the Singapore Tourism Board.

Come 16 to 9 October 2022, the couple is bent on creating deeper meanings with historic websites via curated design experiences tempered with cultural components. Dubbed “Re-Route Competition”, the placemaking competition will provide experiential storytelling within the precinct of Little India. Supported by Singapore Tourism Board and DesignSingapore Council, the competition will lead attendees to witness and expertise how Singapore’s heritage could be expressed via a collective of artistic voices.

The three-week-long competition will host curated experiences, programmes, installations, and different design activations, permitting individuals to “detour”, and therefore “re-route” their ordinary routes to discover the realm via a brand new lens or perspective. Attendees can acquire insights into Little India’s lesser-known historical past and oral anecdotes.

Re-Route Festival 2022

Yeo Buan Heng Liquor Retailer – Siblings David and Irene Yeo helm this quaint and rustic Yeo Buan Heng Liquor Retailer, situated at Chander Street. Picture: Re-Route Competition

Little India is greater than only a seedy, gritty zone as Plus Collaborative’s novel, design-led placemaking Re-Route Competition will show you in any other case. This detour will lead you deeper into the realm’s wealthy heritage and tradition. Whereas Little India is famend as a vacationer vacation spot, the Competition will discover surprising routes tinged with a dose of serendipity. Tan opines, “As tourism steadily resumes within the post-pandemic world, we noticed the chance to gasoline the enchantment of Singapore’s historic areas via home and worldwide tourism. This September, Re-Route Competition focuses on Little India, which is well-known to many as a historic website and a centre of facilities. Whether or not individuals head right down to Little India for a selected function or to discover heritage websites, guests are inclined to solely think about particular areas with out totally appreciating the traits of the situation. The Re-Route Competition intends to introduce story cores that may draw individuals into different areas of Little India and discover the untold histories of the realm.”

Re-Route Festival 2022

Re-Route Competition 2022 banner promotion. Picture; Re-Route Competition

The highlights of Re-Route Competition are three historic places the place historic narratives are explored. The journey for members will make them expertise artwork installations, actions, and performances by varied creatives. Exploring the granularity makes the entire journey extra enthralling as you start to find that Little India is not only a “area”, however as an alternative, a cornucopia of various communities, tastemakers, artisans, and vibrant livelihoods.

Race Course

For the ignoramus, Race Course was as soon as a busy sports activities and leisure hub for Europeans who had a penchant for horse racing. The Colonial-style premises had been erected in 1843 and was referred to as Singapore Racecourse. You’ll hear anecdotes of its former glory the place the higher class of society reminiscent of Europeans, Malay Sultans, and rich Chinese language would convene and benefit from the races.

New World Amusement Park

Right here, attendees will delve into the historical past of the New World Amusement Park which was as soon as an reasonably priced and healthful leisure venue for the lots. The park was one of many first three amusement parks that proved to be a well-liked hangout in Singapore from the Twenties to the Sixties. It was once a spot the place totally different ethnicities would collect and benefit from the enjoyable honest vibe, the place boxing matches, getai and operatic performances, dance halls, and cabaret reveals wooed the crowds from all walks of life.

Serangoon Street

The wealthy historical past of Serangoon Street is explored as members will get to grasp how this street was integral to the event of Little India the place it was bustling with commerce. Being one of many earliest roads inbuilt Singapore to function a hyperlink between the settlements on the town and Serangoon Harbour, you’ll get a first-hand rationalization of how this essential thoroughfare served as an essential conduit for companies and trades to flourish. You’ll get to listen to how the realm was well-known for its brick kiln commerce again within the 1820s, alongside cattle farming which was taken care of by Indians. The explorative route will deliver to mild how from 1860 to the Seventies, a bounty of industrial-led trades reminiscent of wheat-grinding sheds, sesame oil presses, rattan works, rubber smokehouses, and pineapple factories thrived.

Tasty Excursions

Re-Route Festival 2022

Come savour Pani Puri – one of many lesser-known cuisines from India. Journey into Little India’s meals tradition. Picture: Re-Route Competition

Extra than simply pratas, the Re-Route Competition may even place an emphasis on meals the place you get to discover Pav Bahji, Pani Puri, Momos, and extra. You possibly can finish the day with a elegant cocktail served by the trades of Little India by Olibier Rooftop Bar.

For every spotlight, a bunch of Singapore creatives will deep dive into the realm’s historical past and clarify the lesser-known historic anecdotes of Little India. Supplemented by themed experiences, design fixtures, actions, performances, and installations, members discover these “re-routes” extra immersive and insightful. The Re-Route Competition may even work with small enterprise house owners situated inside Little India, to advertise and improve the neighborhood that makes the situation one-of-a-kind.

Re-Route Competition tour tickets shall be accessible for buy quickly. Ticket holders will get to expertise curated experiences from collaborating creatives reminiscent of Antz Chong, Bynd Artisan, Feral studio, NextofKin Creatives, Studio Asobi, and lots of extra. Guests may also buy occasion merchandise in addition to style culinary delights specifically created for the Re-Route Competition. For extra data, go to:

The Re-Route Competition is a part of Asia’s premier design competition – Singapore Design Week (SDW) happening from 16 to 25 September 2022 the place key competition pillars reminiscent of Design Futures, Design Market, and Design Impression shall be explored and introduced. Extra data could be discovered at

There may even be FIND – Design Honest Asia, a part of the anchor occasions for Singapore Design Week. Extra data at:


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