Residents can look forward to a mix of online and in-person community engagement programmes @ Chingay50
Returning to delight audiences after its inaugural digital version in 2021, the 2022 annual Chingay showcase (Chingay50) continues to harness the power of technology and community involvement to push the envelope with its 50th edition. Themed ‘Ignite Our Dreams’, Chingay50 will be an exciting multi-dimensional experience airing live online and on social media channels on Saturday, 12 February 2022. Bringing the best of Singapore’s multiculturalism to local audiences and beyond, Chingay50 seeks to engage and invigorate audiences with fresh, innovative presentations of arts, culture and heritage, as well as through a wider range of opportunities for community participation and involvement.
Performers of the “年年有鱼” item at Chingay 1984
Lim Hock Yu, Chief Executive Director, People’s Association (PA) said, “Starting life as street performance and float parade, Chingay has evolved through the years, not only in terms of representation and scale but also in terms of presentation format, as we adapt to ever-changing norms and operating requirements. As we mark our 50th year, our vision of Chingay as a platform to bring people together to celebrate our unique Singapore identity remains unchanged. We look forward to exciting our fans – existing and new – with creative ideas as well as innovative concepts to bring forth once again – a reimagined experience in this milestone year.”
Ignite Our Dreams
With the theme ‘Ignite Our Dreams’, Chingay50 will celebrate the annual affair’s journey from its early days as a street parade till today. At the same time, this milestone showcase calls on Singaporeans to rekindle the passion for our dreams, both big and small, and reminds us to remain forward-looking and resilient, even as we overcome challenging times together as a nation. It is in this spirit that Chingay has innovated over five decades to ensure that Singapore’s rich arts and cultural heritage can be preserved, while providing a platform for residents to pursue their passions, unleash their potential and fulfil their aspirations.
In line with this, Chingay50 will feature performances by local budding talent, including winners of the Dynamic: Diversity (D:2) Dance Competition. From now till 15 December 2021, young dance talents can look forward to setting their dreams in motion, while promoting Singapore’s multi-cultural fabric. Participants, aged 13 to 35 years old, are to fuse inspirations from the diverse local dance cultures with dynamic moves from any dance genre of their choice and submit their videos here.
Another community programme where residents can explore their dreams is We’ve Got Talent!. Building on the success of its inaugural run in 2021, the edition in 2022 will have participants competing to become Chingay Community Star 2022, a title that gives them an opportunity to pursue their passion in the arts, while spreading cheer within the wider community. Training and performance opportunities await the Chingay Community Star 2022. And from 15 December 2021, members of the public will be able to vote for the entry they like best here. Top 3 audience favourite videos will win attractive prizes.
A first step towards realising a Chingay dream
Together with PAssionArts, Chingay50 will introduce the Chingay50 Mini Floats programme, as the first step towards a Chingay dream for communities to conceptualise, design and build floats for future editions of the parade.
Starting with mini floats being constructed by the residents, grassroots organisations and community partners that will be featured as part of the Chingay50 showcase.
50 years of shared memories
Chingay50 will also evoke shared memories of the past 50 years through a series of commemorative programmes, such as CHINGAY As You PHOTO It. This initiative aroused collective remembrance by calling on the public to share their photo memories of the annual parade, from the very first parade in 1973 up till its first digital edition in 2021.
Amongst the entries is one from Mdm Ong Choon Mui. The 69-year-old sent in a 1973 photograph of her and her friends performing as ‘bighead dolls’, and fondly remembers the thrill of being part of the very first Chingay. Her photograph will strike a chord with many Singaporeans especially the older generation, some of whom relish the opportunity to reminisce shared memories.
Group photo of big head doll performers at the very first Chingay in 1973
Support from members of the public has been encouraging, with more than 1,300 photographs received to date. Each photo has its own story and reflects an aspect of Chingay.
From mid-January 2022, members of the public will be able to access this diverse collection of memories through multiple Chingay50 programmes, including Chingay50 Hall of Frames. The content will provide a glimpse of what the Chingay experience has been like across multiple generations while piquing interest in this Singapore tradition amongst younger ones. The content will be easily accessible via Chingay’s website from mid-January 2022.
For more and the latest information on Chingay50, visit here, @PAssion Chingay Club on Facebook or @ChingaySingapore on Instagram.
CHINGAY50 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMMES
1. Dynamic: Diversity (D:2) Dance Competition
Into its second year, the D:2 Dance Competition is a platform for youth dancers to express their creativity by fusing Singapore’s local dance cultures with their form of dance genre and styles. There are three categories:
Category A: 13 – 17 years old
Category B: 17 – 25 years old
Category C: 13 – 35 years old
Group size: 2 people
All submissions are to be made via the official form found on the Chingay website.
Prizes: Total cash prize of $6,600
Submit by: 15 December 2021
2. We’ve Got Talent!
We’ve Got Talent! is a community engagement programme where residents can submit one-minute original video entries of their talents.
Prizes: $3,000 worth of cash and the opportunity to be named Community Star of the Year.
From 15 to 30 December 2021, the public can vote for the video they like best. Top 3 prizes with the highest votes will win attractive prizes.
Public Voting: 15 to 30 December 2021
3. CHINGAY As You PHOTO It
Part of a series of activities to commemorate Chingay’s 50th anniversary, CHINGAY As You PHOTO It called on the community to submit photographed memories of Chingay over the last 50 years.
Prizes: 3D2N hotel staycation worth $1,500, shopping vouchers and a limited edition Chingay50 pin for the 1st 1,000 eligible submission.
From mid-January 2022, selected submissions will be showcased across various Chingay50 initiatives.
Chingay50 Hall of Frames
The Chingay50 Hall of Frames e-gallery will feature 100 photos on the Chingay website that best portray the Chingay spirit – People, Multi-culturalism, Heritage, Aspirations and Resilience.
Chingay50 Hall of Frames
Duration: Mid-January 2022 onwards
Info: Please check Chingay50 Website for updates.
4. Chingay50 Mini Floats
Residents from 17 Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) in Singapore can look forward to building their own GRC mini floats to be featured as part of the Chingay50 showcase.
Info: Please check Chingay50 Website for updates.
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