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Yfest 2012: A Festival for youths

By Lina Chan KobayashiEvents - 05 June 2012 7:00 PM

Yfest 2012: A Festival for youths

Be entertained by the various dance performances at Yfest 2012. Photo: Ryan Chang / Esplanade

Calling all youths: lace up your pumped up kicks and be sure to head on down to Yfest from 22 to 24 June 2012!

The three-day festival will be catered for youths with a focus on popular youth culture. Featuring various street dance, music, graffiti programmes as well as a whole lot of other fun-filled activities namely the Swop Shop, this event is definitely a must to attend.

Swop Shop

The ‘Swop Shop’ is for all you hoarders who couldn’t bear to throw or get rid of things you do not need. All you have to do is bring down things that are in good condition and no longer needed, bring it to the Swop Shop and in return, you get to pick other people’s pre-loved items for absolutely no cost. What may have been your favourite (but no longer in use) items can be other’s daily essentials. Be sure to check out the ‘Swop Shop’.

There will also be a three-metre tall festival robot for all you artistic people to spray on and create graffiti art! Take some photos and watch other professional graffiti artists do their thing as they work magic with mere cans of spray paint and create masterpieces.

Take part in the SixTeen Dance Challenge as they hold auditions to form four dance crews that will be receiving mentorship from their internationally renowned choreographers. Those who pass the audition rounds will receive 16 hours of rehearsals and perform what they have learnt.

Bust a move in the SixTeen Dance Challenge

The choreographers include Kumari Suraj (USA) who made regular appearances on the hit television show ‘So you Think You Can Dance’, Locking Khan (Korea) who’s part of dance crew “The Lockers” and started the original locking style in Korea back in 2001. Kyogo Tsutsui (Japan) from the “D’OAM” crew from Osaka has performed worldwide and will be part of the SixTeen Dance choreographer as well as Poppin J (Korea) who has won multiple awards including the prestigious Juste Debout 2012 dance competition held in France.

If you can’t get enough of dance performances, there will also be dance showcases by various schools and dance crews! That’s not all: there will be exciting b-boy battles between Maximum Crew (Korea) vs. Singapore’s very own Guerilla Collective and Luminiq Crew.

Leave your mark at the site via BFFFF! A Friendly Note to the Future which is similar to a time-capsule and is an initiative to bring a smile to your friend’s face by writing a secret message on a postcard which gets posted to him or her a year later!

With so many exciting events at Yfest to look forward to, be sure to mark your calendars and be there. What’s more, it’s free entry for everyone, so bring your family and friends for some bonding time and a smashing fun weekend!

Yfest runs from 22 to 24 June 2012 at the Esplanade