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Cultural Concerts for All

To promote a better understanding of the different cultures in Singapore, a series of cultural concerts were organised during National Loyalty Week and into the 1960s. Did you attend one of these concerts, or know someone who did?


Crowd gathered at the first Aneka Ragam Rakyat (People’s Cultural Concert) performance at the Singapore Botanic Gardens in 1959.

Courtesy of The Straits Times © SPH Media Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

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We are going to have a multi-racial nation in Singapore. We will set the example. This is not a Malay nation; this is not a Chinese nation; this is not an Indian nation. Everybody will have his place: equal; language, culture, religion.
Lee Kuan Yew, 9 August 1965

A silat performance during a 4-hour programme of songs, dances and drama on the City Hall steps in 1960.

Ministry of Information and the Arts Collection. Courtesy of National Archives of Singapore.

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