Mr Tan and I attended the MBSC media preview over the weekend at The Fullerton hotel, and we got to catch the first 3D projection on a boat ride!
Here’s an overview on what’s happening on 31 December 2014 around Marina Bay. The event locations are split mainly into six venues – The Fullerton Hotel, Esplanade, The Float@Marina Bay, Event Plaza (MBS), Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade and The Promontory@Marina Bay.
- The Fullerton Hotel / Merlion Park
If you chose to celebrate countdown at the prestigious hotel, you can catch < Reflections of Our Past, Present & Future>, a digital art showcase featuring a 3D projection mapping display on the facade of Fullerton Hotel Singapore. The building will come alive with light, music and colours, featuring montage of sketches depicting Singapore’s growth and transformation.
The two-minute projection is displayed every half hourly from 8.15pm to 11.15pm until tomorrow night. On the 31st, there will be a special 3-minute extended version of the projection at the same timings and a final run at 11.55pm, which will showcase five key historical milestones and prelude to final countdown:
- Independence – Then-PM Lee Kuan Yew declaring Singapore’s independence
- Housing – Introduction of public housing
- Defence – Start of National Service
- Growth – Rise of Singapore’s economy
- Transformation – Singapore’s development into one of the most liveable cities in the world.
This will be followed by a 10-second countdown to 2015, and a 8-minute fireworks display. Do remember to bring ponchos/umbrellas and your cameras!
Take a walk around the bay and you’ll find the SG50 logo displayed on Esplanade’s famous durian-domes. In addition to that, the indie ones can also catch Esplanade’s Celebrate December free music programmes and craft workshops that will take place at the Concourse and Outdoor Theatre.
3. The Float@Marina Bay
Broadcast live on national TV is the much anticipated Celebrate SG50 presented by Mediacorp. Local superstars Stefanie Sun, Kit Chan and Dick Lee will be united with over 60 local celebrities, and regional performers to commemorate 50 years of pop culture and diversity with seven hours of non-stop hits. Korea’s BIG BANG will also be be performing live for the countdown.
4. Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza
Titled “Drum Gaia”, 400 drummers will be performing live to specially-commissioned music and choreographed fireworks. We managed to catch a snippet of the simulation of the choreographed fireworks display and it’s awesome! The score was composed by local musicians Julian Wong ad Riduan Zalani, who were under the guidance of the late Iskander Ismail.
If you’re there earlier with your family, you can also participate in drum circles, where your children can create rhythms with hand-held percussion instruments.
5. Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade
It’s a flea market! From handicrafts, clothings and accessories, to lighted gadgets/toys and party novelties, this is where you can do a bit of shopping, beginning from 4pm. Tidbits and light refreshments are available for sale too.
6. The Promontory@Marina Bay
From 1pm, there will be a carnival held at this area, offering food, drinks and games of yesteryears. The concert, Celebrate with the World 2015, will start at 6pm, where there will eight hours of non-stop performances by local artistes and international DJs.
How are you going to spend your last day of 2014?