Singapore Day 2008 To Be Held In Melbourne On October 4

26 Aug

SINGAPORE: Overseas Singaporeans will get to enjoy some authentic Singaporean food and culture when the second annual Singapore Day is held in Melbourne on October 4. The theme will be Rekindle and Rediscover.

Some 6,000 people attended the event at the Big Apple last year. And the Singapore Day organisers, who will be spending S$3 million this year, are expecting a bigger crowd.

After the first Singapore Day was held in New York, organisers received numerous e-mails from overseas Singaporeans living in other cities asking for the event to be held in their neck of the woods.

Although Australia was chosen this year, it was a still a tough fight between Melbourne and Sydney.

Roy Quek, director, Overseas Singaporean Unit, Prime Minister’s Office, said: “What stood out for Melbourne is that the community there appeared a bit hungrier. They appeared to want it more. They were able to put up proposals and a number of ideas and suggestions and also produce more volunteers.”

Overseas Singaporeans in Melbourne will also get a first-hand glimpse of the evolving cityscape at the Marina Bay and new downtown, the transformation of familiar areas like the Jurong Lake district and the new lifestyle and recreation options in Punggol and Kallang Basin.

Besides a National Service showcase, organisers have planned a job recruitment fair plus a live demonstration of a Singapore primary school classroom.

Besides the highly sought after local cuisine, there will also be a different creative concept.

Dick Lee, creative director, Singapore Day 2008, said: “I picked traditional shop house facades as a theme. And the colours of these old streets of shop houses will all be pastel colours. We’ve applied it to all the marquees. We’re also using it as the backdrop of the stage and we’ve got them on all the collaterals as well.”

Asia’s leading broadcaster, MediaCorp will be providing the entertainment.

Kenneth Liang, executive vice president, Programming & Production, Channel 5, MediaCorp TV, said: “We’re bringing the entire Phua Chu Kang family, together with well known singers and performers to Australia.”

And many are already looking forward to Singapore Day 2009, with London expected to be the host city. – CNA/vm

Channel News Asia

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