In 2014, it was announced that the Dakota Crescent flats - one of Singapore’s oldest public housing estates - were due for redevelopment in 2016, meaning that residents of the 17 low-rise blocks in the area had to vacate their homes or get a relocation grant (of up to $15 000) if they chose to buy a new flat.
Freeflow Productions (the ones responsible for the splendid video featuring 60s Singapore band The Silver Strings and weish of .gif) are working on a 22-minute documentary of the idyllic and charming neighbourhood to Remember Dakota, hoping to capture the community spirit that is unique and present in Singaporean neighbourhood life.
To add to the mix, the highlight of the documentary will be a block party, “Remembering Dakota Crescent” - of which everyone is invited to! Happening on April 12, at Block 12, you can expect music, a bazaar, and a photo exhibition. You can look forward to live performances by pop acapella group MICappella, rapper ShiGGa Shay, electronic duo .gif and rock and rollers Cashew Chemists at the party.
Stay tuned for the documentary that will be screened on Discovery Channel in August 2015.
Your help is needed as well!
The team are sourcing for old photos of Dakota Crescent and the Kallang Area, whether it is of iconic buildings and structures, people and families, and of the estate itself. Selected photos will be displayed at the photo exhibition - photos of all sizes and colour are accepted.