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Awards

Stewards of Singapore's Intangible Cultural Heritage Award

The Stewards of Singapore's Intangible Cultural Heritage Award aims to recognise practitioners (individual and groups) of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) who are dedicated to the promotion and transmission of ICH elements, and have made outstanding contributions in their field. This award conferred by the National Heritage Board (NHB) is one of the key recommendations for the safeguarding of ICH, as part of Our SG Heritage Plan, the masterplan for the heritage and museum sector for 2018 to 2022.

These ICH elements will be from the six categories as stated in NHB's ICH Inventory:

*The scheme excludes practices that are overtly religious or spreads the teachings or beliefs of any one religion.

Prize
Each recipient (individual or organisation) will be presented with a plaque/trophy, certificate of award, and S$5,000 cash prize.

Each recipient will also have the option to tap up to S$20,000 in project funding. This is subject to the approval of the proposed project. Please click here to find out more.

Awards Ceremony
The awards ceremony will be held in June 2020, in conjunction with Singapore Heritage Festival.

Award Categories & Eligibility

Individuals:
    i. Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents, 18 years and above.
    ii. Must be a practitioner with minimum 10 years in vocation and a respected member of the practising community.
    iii. Display excellence in the application of skills and knowledge displayed, and are committed to the promotion and transmission of ICH.
Groups/Organisations
    i. Must be based in Singapore and headed by a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident
    ii. The group must have been practising for a minimum of 10 years.
    iii. Display excellence in the application of skills and knowledge displayed, and are committed to the promotion and transmission of ICH.

Note: Awards will not be conferred posthumously. Only elements currently on NHB's ICH inventory are eligible for the award. The elements can be viewed at roots.sg/learn/resources/ich.

Nomination Methods

Self-nomination and public nomination

Evaluation Criteria

Nominees are evaluated according to how they have demonstrated the following criteria:

 Transmission of Skills and Knowledge
  • Displays outstanding efforts to transmit skills and knowledge
  • Regular engagement with the wider community
  • Ability and dedication to continue to transmit skills and knowledge
 Mastery of Skills and Practice
  • Displays excellence in the application of both knowledge and skills
 Dedication to the practice
  • Long term commitment to the continuation of the practice and craft.
 Positive Impact and Influence
  • Serves as a positive example to the general community
  • Displays efforts or to profile the practice or craft at local, national, regional or international platforms. 

Deadline

Applications for the Stewards of Singapore's Intangible Cultural Heritage Award are now closed.

Notification

NHB will inform all nominators and nominees about the outcome of their nominations by end March 2020.

Contact

oursgheritage@nhb.gov.sg OR 6332 3213.