Celebrate Singapore’s National Day at Gardens by the Bay with a stunning orchid display and an exciting lineup of programmes! Visitors will be in for a visual and cultural treat as Singaporean filmmaker Royston Tan provides creative direction to this year’s Orchid Extravaganza floral display. On 9 August, Gardens by the Bay Celebrates National Day with fun activities for all ages at Supertree Grove.
“ORCHID EXTRAVAGANZA” FLORAL DISPLAY Singapore’s award-winning filmmaker Royston Tan lends his creative touch to Orchid Extravaganza with a floral tribute to the multicultural heritage of Singapore.
Set amidst a vivid backdrop of shophouses – a familiar sight in many parts of the island – this year’s orchid display exudes a unique local flavour that celebrates Singapore’s melting pot of cultures. Step into the courtyard of a Peranakan home where beautiful orchids bloom alongside quintessential items like the intricate Nyonya beaded slippers, traditional tea set and the ubiquitous tingkat carrier.
More than 14,000 orchids of over 120 varieties will be featured in a profusion of colours inspired by the vibrant hues of local desserts and kueh (cake), while clouds of overhanging orchids conjure up images of the smells and smoke that waft through the kitchen. [Incidentally, clouds were also used as a motif in Royston Tan’s film Bunga Sayang (Flower of Love), which is part of local film anthology 7 Letters and named Best Asian Short Film at the Sapporo International Short Film Festival 2016.]
Date: 13 July – 22 August 2018 (Friday to Wednesday)
Time: 9am – 9pm
Venue: Flower Dome
Details: Admission charge to Flower Dome applies. Get your tickets online to enjoy more discounts from Voyagin.
CURIOUS TO FIND OUT MORE? Pick up an Orchid Extravaganza Garden Trail for more interesting information or join us for daily “ASK Me!” tours by our friendly Display Interpreters as they share fascinating botanical facts and anecdotes about the floral display.
Date: 13 July – 22 August 2018 (Friday to Wednesday)
Time: Daily at 11am and 3pm (2pm – 5pm on 4, 5, 18 & 19 August)
- Guided tours are free, but admission charge to the Flower Dome applies.
- Tours last approximately 15 minutes and are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
- To participate, gather at the “ASK Me!” poster near the Flower Field. Tour will begin when a group of five or more visitors is assembled.
- Tours will not be conducted on Flower Dome closure dates.
GARDENS BY THE BAY CELEBRATES NATIONAL DAY
A fun-filled day awaits this National Day at Gardens by the Bay! Start the morning with an energising yoga session. Then sit back and enjoy film screenings at our pop-up cinema, or try your hand at the various games, sports and activities on offer before dancing the night away at the silent disco.
Date: 9 August 2018 (Thursday)
Time: Various timings
Venue: Supertree Grove
Details: Programmes are free. For more details, visit here.
Yoga in the Gardens
Start your National Day morning with an energising yoga session under the iconic Supertrees. This programme is brought to you in collaboration with True Yoga. Register here from 2 to 22 July. Registration is compulsory and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Pop Up Cinema
A selection of four films – Seniman Bujang Lapok, Two Sides of the Bridge, Money No Enough, and In Time to Come – offers a glimpse of life in Singapore from the 1960s to recent years. Whether it’s through a dose of humour or quieter musings, these films reflect some of the many uniquely Singapore stories.
Fitness & Sports
Bond with your loved ones or make new friends through the ActiveSG Athletics tryouts. Throwback to P.E. lessons in school with foam javelin throws, mini hurdles and more! This programme is brought to you in collaboration with GetActive! Singapore.
We are Singapore (Dance Fitness)
Experience the evolution of Dance Fitness with the Sport5: Ahmad Yunus, Faiz Aman, Mike Yoong, Rasidah Caudal and Vikki Jonied! Boogie with aerobics from the ’80s, move to the quirky “Great Singapore Workout” from the ’90s, groove to Latin beats in Zumba, and get fit and fab with fusion fitness Piloxing. This programme is brought to you in collaboration with GetActive! Singapore.
Proletariat Poetry Factory
Choose a word and let the Proletariat Poetry Factory compose a personalised poem for you on the spot. Curious about what goes on behind this mysterious creative process? See the team hard at work at their typewriters! Founded by artists Rachel Goh and Daren Goh, the Proletariat Poetry Factory is a performance collective that has been mass-making poems since 2006.
It’s playtime! Exercise your brain power in the Escape Room, immerse yourself in virtual reality, and have a go at the ever-popular Dance Dance Revolution and Xbox dance-offs. Prefer something more classic? Participate in games from giant Jenga and pick-up sticks, to popular arcade games like foosball and air hockey, and old school games like hopscotch, Zero-Point and more.
Back in the early days, Chinese street storytellers would entertain the community with fascinating tales for the duration of a lighted joss stick. With the rise of radio broadcasting, storytelling moved from the streets to the studio and storytellers like Lee Dai Sor became household names. Come and relive the nostalgia of storytelling in Cantonese with Lee Swee Har, who was a student of the late Lee Dai Sor.
Love to party? Put on specially designed headsets that provide an auditory experience just like a party dance floor, under the stars and twinkling Supertrees. With three DJs spinning different styles of music simultaneously, choose your preferred music channel and watch the customised LED headsets glow as you groove along!
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