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 is conferred by the National Heritage Board (NHB) and is one of NHB's key ongoing efforts to safeguard ICH in Singapore.
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
- Performing Arts
- Traditional Craftsmanship
- Food Heritage
*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 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.
Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents, 18 years old and above.
Must be a practitioner with minimum 10 years in vocation and a respected member of the practising community.
Note: Award will only be conferred upon individuals who are ICH practitioners - researchers, advocates, and/or managers of ICH organisations who do not themselves possess ICH knowledge and practice ICH skills are not eligible for the Award.
Must be based in Singapore and headed by a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident
The group must have been practising for a minimum of 10 years.
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
Mastery of Skills and Knowledge
Long-Term Dedication to Transmitting Practice
Positive Impact and Influence
Individual and group/organisation applications will be evaluated as separate categories of applicants, although all applications will be assessed based on the above criteria.
Nominations will be reviewed and assessed by an Evaluation Panel, which comprises ICH practitioners, academics, leaders of community organisations, and representatives from NHB.
For the 2023 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 Azhar Ibrahim
Department of Malay Studies, NUS
|Mr Chan Kian Kuan
Vice-President, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations
|Ms Julia D’Silva
Representative, Eurasian Association
|Dr Koh Keng We
Department of History, NTU
|Mr Low Sze Wee
CEO, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
|Dr Norshahril Saat
Chairman, Malay Heritage Foundation
|Mr Rajakumar Chandra
Chairman, Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association
|Ms Serene Lim
Director (Sector Development – Performing Arts), NAC
|Mdm Som Said
Artistic Director, Sri Warisan Som Said Performing Arts
|Ms Sunitha Janamohanan
Lecturer, LASALLE College of the Arts
|Mr Victor Yue
Exco Member, Singapore Heritage Society
|Prof Vineeta Sinha
Department of Sociology and South Asian Studies, NUS
Download the relevant Nomination Form.
Complete Nomination Form and prepare all supporting documents for submission.
Submit the complete set of nomination documents through either of these methods:
E-mail all documents to email@example.com by 21 July 2023 (Friday), 2359 hours:
Please ensure that the size of the e-mail and attachments should not be larger than 10MB. Supporting documents that are large in file size should be uploaded via file-sharing platforms. Please indicate the web link(s) inside the nomination documents.
Send the nomination documents to the following address by 21 July 2023 (Friday), 1800 hours:
Stewards of Intangible Cultural Heritage Award Secretariat
National Heritage Board
61 Stamford Road #03-08
Please note that only photocopies of supporting documents are required. All submitted documents are non-returnable and you may be required to produce the original documents for verification.
For any queries or questions regarding the nomination process, please refer to the FAQs below. For any further clarifications, please reach out to NHB via the contact details provided at the end of this page.
Frequently Asked Questions
NHB will inform all nominators and nominees about the outcome of their nominations by October 2023.