Virtual parade: Singapore’s annual Chingay festival goes digital next year

Virtual parade: Singapore’s annual Chingay festival goes digital next year

The 49th edition of the parade – themed Light of Hope – will take place on Feb 20 and will see more than 2,000 performers and 150 organisations taking part.

Chingay 2019 float
One of the floats at the Chingay Parade @ Heartlands in 2019. (Photo: Alif Amsyar)

Next year’s Chingay festival will look a little different from what you’re used to. There won’t be a physical parade with larger-than-life floats and performers in colourful costumes marching down the street – and for good reason, given we’re still in the middle of a pandemic.

Instead, you will get to enjoy the festival as a digital experience – for the first time ever.

The 49th edition of the parade – themed Light of Hope – will take place on Feb 20 and it will air on television, online and social media channels from 8pm to 9pm so viewers can tune in to enjoy the show wherever they may be.

Organised by People's Association (PA), Singapore’s first digital Chingay festival will see more than 2,000 performers and 150 organisations taking part in this refreshed digital programme.

One highlight is the 100-lion dance performance involving local and overseas troupes from more than 10 different cities – even as far away as San Francisco – that will include the use of computer-generated imagery (CGI).

Technology will also be used to reinvent traditional ethnic performances during the multiculturalism segment to highlight intricate details that usually can’t be seen at physical parades.

Digital Chingay 2021 is also welcoming submissions from members of the public as part of the co-creation concept that's anchoring the programme, to showcase the rich diversity of talent in the community. 

You can submit a video of yourself singing, dancing or performing your own unique talent. You also have a chance to flex your creativity by designing your own Chingay float or costume in the Let’s Build A Float! and Sew (So) Stylo! programmes, respectively, which are scheduled for launch in early December.

Successful entries from these activities will be included in the Jalan Jalan with Chingay segment of the one-hour show. What’s more, there are prizes to be won.

And you can still pick up a souvenir or two to commemorate Chingay 2021. From January, you can purchase locally designed or crafted products, including those from social enterprises, at the online Chingay Mama Shop.

Said Lim Hock Yu, Chief Executive Director of PA, "This year’s theme signifies how each and every one of us in the community represents a sparkle of light to bring hope and warmth to one another. It reflects our core belief that as we unite as a community, we will emerge stronger together”.

Submit your entries or get more information here.

Source: CNA/sr

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