We pop by Chingay 2016’s first full dress rehearsal earlier. Chingay (妆艺大游行) is Asia’s largest street performance and the colourful floats are always the highlights of the show. (do pop by Chingay Fanpage for the latest rehearsal updates)
Boon Yee and Boon Xin discussing how Chingay will look like in 50 years’ time (SG100!)
If I am still around, I will celebrate SG100 at 91 years old, and kids will be in their 50s and 60s.
We had an opportunity to soak in the carnival-like atmosphere at the staging area. This is where the performers gather for the final preparation.
Kids are especially intrigued at the parkour display. There is a real parkour float for the performers to demonstrate their agility!
It is always the people who bring out the sparks, including the vibrant foreign communities from China, Japan 🙂
.. and of course we have some creative and colourful floats 🙂 They always look more mesmerising under the moonlight.
The theme for Chingay 2016 is “Lights of Legacy, Brighter Singapore“. Some of the sub-themes are honoring our pioneers, celebrating Singapore’s Racial Harmony and Social cohesion, Caring community and resilient Nation (just to name a few).
As the sun sets, the tambourine performers line up both side of the passageway, final preparation and instructions.
We are ready to welcome the Chingay contingents too.
The contingents listed below are not in sequence. We would like to share some of our favorite segments.
Kids love anything on wheels, and the electric unicycles and bikes were impressive.
Representatives from Indian and Malay community coming together.
More contingents and floats.
Real parkour stage! and colourful wheels.
Dazzling Lights from floats and performers’ costumes.
My favourite contingent. The Japanese are so energetic and their taiko drums look impressive.
(look out for one huge up in the sky)
Martial arts display, from the Chinese and Malay community, showcasing Singapore’s diversity.
Even Monkey God Sun Wu Kong (孙悟空) turn up to wish us luck in the Year of the Monkey.
More thrilling performances, we got fire and pole-dancing too!
During the finale, every performer will gather together for one final segment. Even though this was just a rehearsal, we can already feel the performers’ enthusiasm and vibes.
Best of all, our kiddos get to enjoy Chingay 2016 with their Cheekiemonkie kakis 🙂
By the time you read this post, Chingay 2013‘s second night would be in progress, and Daddy can imagine the crowd shouting themselves hoarse. Besides the special effects, gadgets, and costumes, do you know what is Daddy’s favourite segment?
Daddy loves the cooking segment, the cooking Uncles and Aunties literally Rocks with their wok of goodness !
Daddy had the opportunity to attend two of Chingay 2013’s media-invites. Both previews are very different in terms of presentation and atmosphere. The First preview pumped up with energy, with Zumba vibes electrifying the whole conference room.
The Second preview was more subtle, but no less Impactful. Our “Heroes” (Resilient Singaporeans 生命勇士) would be among the thousand who will be appearing in the finale holding their fire torches (in the Snow), symbolising Life-must-go-On!
Everyone of them, had been through a tough journey, be it disaster, illness or disability. None of them wish to Give up! Just to highlight a few Heroes, Mr Zeng is a Jakarta Marriott bomb survivor, Maximillian and Gemma is part of London Olympics’ Equestrian team.
Together, 生命勇士 (Heroes) show us how to be Brave and conquer our own struggles.
Chingay is all inclusive, anyone, anybody can always be part of the performance.
Fire in Snow(雪中火) is the theme for Chingay 2013.
With all the flames surrounding us, together with the crowd and participants’ enthusiasm, we can certainly feel the warmth 🙂
..even when the “Snow” fell, the experience is superb as everyone sings to the tune of 雪中火 (Fire in Snow).
There is a replay on Sunday 24Feb at 8pm, let us show you what to expect for Chingay 2013 🙂
Traditional Operas (Yang warriors) and Phamtom of the Operas take turn to thrill the audience.
Send in the mystical creatures who can spit fire or sparklers ! The Centipede must be one of the Highlights. LOUD Firecrackers will accompany some of the performers.
China, Malaysia and Japan are some of the oversea contingents.
Explosion of colours and music will immerse audience for two hours. All Races, Religions and Faiths come together. We have Indian girls role-playing Chinese-folk-fairies, and Chinese gals dancing to Bollywood hip hop, Multiracial Singapore 🙂
Splendid display, sniff in the aroma. These cooks are in their elements, entertaining !
Chingay is very much an Asian Musical, some other notable musical performances :
– Theme song for Chingay 2013 雪中火 (Fire in Snow)
– Billy Wang and Taiwanese artists singing 让爱动起来
– Ukulele performing Top of the World
Video : Do not worry if it rains, just don your raincoat, the show will go on ! These performers were caught in heavy downpour but they were smiling throughout 🙂