The Stewards of Intangible Cultural Heritage Award
The Stewards of 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 their practices, 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.
ICH elements practised by the nominated practitioners need to be part of NHB's ICH Inventory, which consists of six categories:
*Social Practices, Rituals and Festival Events
Knowledge and Practices concerning Nature and Universe
Oral Traditions and Expressions
*The scheme excludes practices that are overtly religious or spreads the teachings or beliefs of any one religion
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.
Award Categories & Eligibility
i. Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents, 18 years and
ii. Must be a practitioner with minimum 10 years in vocation and
a respected member of the practising community.
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
iii. The group must be a formally registered society or company.
Note: Awards will not be conferred posthumously.
Self-nomination and public nomination
Nominees are evaluated according to how they have
demonstrated the following criteria:
| Active Transmission of Skills and Knowledge
- Displays outstanding efforts to transmit skills and knowledge to the next generation
- Regular engagement with the wider community to raise awareness of the practice
| Mastery of Skills and Practice
- Displays excellence in the application of both knowledge and skills
| Long-Term Dedication to the Practice
- Long-term commitment to sustaining knowledge and skills of the practice.
| Positive Impact and Influence
- Serves as a positive example by encouraging cultural exchange
- Displays efforts to serve the wider community through the practice
Individual and group applications will be evaluated separately as distinct categories of applicants, although all applications will be assessed based on the above criteria.
Applications will be reviewed and assessed by an Evaluation Panel, which comprises ICH practitioners, academics, head of community organisations, and representatives from NHB. For the 2021 Award cycle, the members of the Evaluation Panel are:
||Ms Yeoh Chee Yan
Chairman, National Heritage Board
||Ms Chang Hwee Nee
CE, National Heritage Board
||Dr Alexius A. Pereira
Chairman, Eurasian Association
||Ms Elaine Ng
Senior Director, Sector Development Group - Performing Arts, NAC
||Mr Low Sze Wee
CEO, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
||Dr Norshahril Saat
Chairman, Malay Heritage Foundation
||Dr Rahil Ismail
||Mr Rajakumar Chandra
Chairman, Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (LISHA)
||Dr Rizwana Begum
Exco Member, Singapore Heritage Society
||Mrs Santha Bhaskar
Artistic Director, Bhaskar's Arts Academy
||Ms Sunitha Janamohanan
Lecturer, LASALLE College of the Arts
||Prof Vineeta Sinha
Department of Sociology and South Asian Studies Programme, NUS
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