For those who have yet to catch any of the NDP 2010 rehearsals and are heading to the Padang to celebrate our nation’s 45th birthday next Monday, inSing.com gives you the breakdown of the exciting acts you should look out for.
Aptly named ‘Red, White & Wow!’, NDP 2010 draws inspiration from our Singapore flag. The parade ground is designed and structured upon iconic elements of the flag, such as the colours red and white, crescent moon and five stars.
Comprising four acts and a grand finale, this 53-minute long extravaganza of music, dance, fireworks and multimedia effects involves 3,600 participants. Helming the creative direction of NDP 2010 is Dick Lee who promises that the show this year will be ‘bigger and bolder’.
Kicking off the show is local singer-songwriter Corrinne May, who penned the NDP 2010 theme song Song For Singapore. Singapore Idol finalists Sylvia Ratonel and Sezairi Sezali will then take to the stage with a duet version of the song.
Look out for the visual feast of mass display performances and magnificent floats in Act 1. This year’s NDP highlights our multi-racial and culturally diverse society in a variety of floats that feature six themes: Perenakan, Chinese, Malay, Indian, Colonial and Modern. Decorated with spectacular lighting, these floats promise to dazzle and wow the crowd, while reminding us the importance of racial harmony.
In addition, you can also look forward to the One Voice Show choir, which is formed with 1,000 students. They will form synchronized images and animations through their costumes, to complement the digital projections on the City Hall Building– a showcase of vibrant and never-seen-before lighting effects and animations.
Other new features include a musical interlude where Singaporeans from all walks of life sing Stand Up for Singapore in a YouTube-style video. This transits into a live sing-along involving the spectators at the Padang as well as the five heartland celebration locations in Eunos, Sengkang, Bishan, Choa Chu Kang and Woodlands.
Of course, no NDP is complete without the much-anticipated fireworks. Spectators will be treated to about four minutes of thrilling pyrotechnics and fireworks during the grand finale. Look out for the coordinated bursts of the crescent moon and five stars, which will form the elements of the national flag in a shower of red and white sparks.
And in an NDP first, fireworks will also light up the sky in nine different locations around Marina Bay, from Suntec City to the Esplanade so be prepared to be in for a huge treat comes August 9!
If you’re not part of the 26,500 spectators at the Padang, fret not. You can, instead, be part of the 29,000 at the Heartlands Celebrations located at Eunos, Sengkang, Bishan, Choa Chu Kang and Woodlands.
The Heartlands Celebrations will feature a gamut of performances, hosted by local celebrities such as MediaCorp’s Kym Ng, who will be leading the festivities at Choa Chu Kang with Mohd Rafi of Oli 98.6 FM.
The Sengkang site will see appearances by popular artistes Hady Miraza and Jeanette Aw. Over at Bishan, there will be fire twirlers, stilt walkers and a Sambiesta percussion group to get the celebratory mood going. At Woodlands, expect to see celebrity emcees Belnda Lee and Hafeez Glamour of Ria 89.7 FM rousing up the crowd and a group of 18 students from Zhenghua Secondary School’s Fox Scout Unit performing a percussion piece titled ‘Blast’,
Another key highlights of NDP 2010 – the over 200-vehicle strong mobile column, will also fan out to the five heartland locations, covering some 80km across the island from the start point at the Padang. Following the ceremonial drive-past at City Hall, it will split into three different columns to reach the furthest site at Woodlands by about 9.50pm.
In addition to the individual compounds at the five sites, those unable to enter can also join in the festivities via the large screens situated all over the sites where the NDP will be televised live from the Padang. Two-way simulcasts will also be available for greater interaction among the various celebration sites.
NDP celebrations are on Monday August 9 only, at various locations.
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