Why you shouldn't miss Chingay 2009
13 Floats with 4000 performers from 40 local organisations,
4 local international communities and cultural groups from 8 countries.
- “Wonderland” is the first time an overarching artistic theme will guide the creation of floats and presentation contingents, retaining a strong Singapore flavour;
- Many renowned, professional and “folk” personalities coming forward to make Chingay Parade Singapore 2009 a major difference!
- Together with all participating organisations and performing groups, the People’s Association aims will offer audiences the best floats and the most colourful and visually impactful contingents in Chingay history - We are working towards the best Chingay Parade yet!
GRANDEST AND BIGGEST OPENING
- The highly acclaimed No 1 China Dragon, Tong Liang Fire Dragon (Zhong-qing, China) ( 重庆铜梁龙 - 中国第一龙 ) will be at the coming Chingay (as part of the Chingay Grand Opening) and during the Chingay Heartland Parade in Ang Mo Kio GRC (at the last station in the Jalan Kayu Division of the GRC ) on Sunday 1 Feb 2009;
- “The Trio of Dragon Float”, one of the tallest and most automated floats blending art and science; a challenging engineering and mechanical wonder created by the NTU Chingay Team comprising Professors and Assoc Professors from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace, School of Computer Engineering and School of Art, Design and Media of the NTU.
- The entire Chingay Opening will be presented by 750 performers from eight organisations who will contribute exciting components:
- STB: Uniquely Singapore Float;
- Tong Liang Fire Dragon Troupe from China;
- Mun San Fook Tuck Chee : The Straw Fire Dragon
- Teng Wei Athletic Sports Association : 30 phoenixes
- Loyang Tua Pei Kong: Big puppets (Devil Bull King), Taiwan
- Jalan Besar CC Dragon and Lion Dance Troupe : Giant Flags Display
- Singapore Dragon and Lion Athletic Association : local dragons
- NTU: The Trio of Dragon Float
A HIGHLY SPECTACULAR CHINGAY FINALE
- Cultural Medallion and renowned Poet Prof Edwin Thumboo will write a poem for the Chingay Grand Finale entitled “Banquet” and Cultural Medallion Winner 2008, Iskanda Ismail will turn the poem into a grand Chingay Finale singing piece;
- George Chan ( famous theatre artiste), Nancy Yuen (well-known Soprano) will act as “King” and “Queen” of Chingay Wonderland at Banquet @ Chingay 2009. Supported by the Children's Choir from the Singapore Lyric Opera, George and Nancy will perform during the Chingay Grand Finale;
- “Guests” from different part of the universe will be gathered at Chingay Singapore Parade 2009 to attend the “Banquet” - by invitation from the “King” and “Queen” of Chingay Wonderland;
- Another highlight of The Grand Finale will be a spectacular magic and illusion show by Lawrence Khong as “King of the Magic World” and Priscilla Khong as “Princess of Magic World”. Lawrence Khong will attempt for the very first time in Singapore, an extraordinary artistic and visual feat of setting himself on fire for a record time of one full minute! “Priscilla and I are honoured to perform the finale act of the Chingay Parade Singapore 2009. Among our other line-ups, we are both very excited to attempt a daring magical escape, ‘The Burning Man”, which has never before been attempted in Asia. Come and witness this unforgettable and unrivalled performance at the City Hall on Jan 30th & 31st!
A “PARADE” WITHIN THE PARADE
- Facilitated by Colm Lowney from Ireland, the PA Youth Movement (PAYM) will present an Insects Parade as a moving parade within the Chingay Parade involving 250 youths. Details will be presented by the PAYM representative.
THE “DANCING PUPPETS” FROM SINGAPORE SOKA ASSOCIATION
- Sneak Preview to be presented by SOKA.
OTHER PARADE HIGHLIGHTS
- 300 residents from the Marine Parade GRC/Macpherson, first time a full GRC (together with Macherson) is taking part in the parade;
- CDC Wearable Art Public Contingent facilitated by Design Consultant, Ms Phylia Poh;
- Champion and Runner up floats and contingents from NUS Rag and Flag Day (from Kent Ridge Hall and Eusoff Hall);
- Local international communities represented by performers from the Japanese Association Singapore, Zambiacongo Capoeira Group and Tanglin Trust School;
- Exciting foreign troupes from Indian, Phillipines, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia and China.
- Many more to be announced soon!
- This includes “City Jam” by the PA Youth Movement in front of the City Hall and the PA National Line Dance and Folk Dance Night along Connuaght Drive.