Jalan Besar (‘Wide Road’ in Malay) is characterised by low-lying buildings and conserved shophouses; their fresh coats of paint archiving a history of farmland and swamps, Singapore’s red light district and the iconic New World. With fringes of Little India, Beach Road and Arab Street skirting the edges of this 1000 metres range, the collective neighborhood is as rich and vibrant in culture as its facades.
Today it is frequented for cafes and supper haunts amongst conservation buildings, hardware shops and factories, but an unofficial creative circuit has also sprouted without many knowing. Offices, studios and workshops have gone incognito beside unlikely neighbours like sleazy night clubs, nestling in the red light district the same way tech startups call one-north home. 1KM is testament to the “kampung spirit” here, with unlikely tie-ups and friendships sprouting from sheer proximity. In fact, our event tote bags are hand-sewn by a seamstress just streets away, and they’re the first of
many collaborations you’ll see over
the four days.