5 reasons to visit Caldecott Hill during the Singapore Heritage Festival

Over two weekends, Caldecott Broadcast Centre opens its doors to the public, with a festival village, live performances, an exhibition – and the chance to rub shoulders with your favourite stars.

SINGAPORE: Fun fact: Did you know there used to be a daycare centre up at Caldecott Broadcast Centre (CBC)?

That was one piece of trivia discovered by the Singapore Heritage Festival’s (SHF) creative director Christie Chua while preparing for the annual festival’s highlight event this year.

“There was once an area set aside for the children of parents who were working there. What was nice was that it very much had a mini-kampong feeling, where the children literally grew up together,” she said.

Over the next two weekends, that kampong vibe will be felt once more during the SHF Takes Over programme at Mediacorp’s old home.

The festival, which runs from April 28 to May 14, will also be heading to places such as Little India and Bukit Pasoh, but for the first two weekends, at least, CBC will be the proverbial king of the hill.

With Mediacorp moving to its swanky new building at one-north, a section of its old premises will be open for the public to explore from April 28 to May 1, and May 5 to 7.

For Chua, exploring CBC’s rich broadcast history was an eye-opening experience. “Seeing the old props store, the warehouse, the film studio – it gives you that feeling of really stepping into an iconic space where lots have been done.”

So what can you expect at Caldecott? We give you the lowdown in the next pages