Singapore’s largest countdown event celebrates with a bevy of multi-sensory activities and experiences for all
If you haven’t already planned your New Year’s eve party this year, why don’t you fill your senses with light, music, food and family-friendly excitement at Singapore’s Marina Bay and the Civic District?
There will be light projection shows on key landmarks around the bay; Mediacorp’s Let’s Celebrate 2019 countdown concert at The Promontory, made free for the public for the first time; the Food Truck Fest at the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, offering modern local gastronomical delights; Esplanade Presents Come Together outdoor performances by local acts at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre and the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival at the Bayfront Event Space.
There will also be the Car-Free New Year’s Eve (Car-Free NYE) at the Civic District, where the roads around the Padang will be closed to vehicular traffic for activities such as movie screenings, live performances, bazaars, salsa dancing and more.
Enter the New Year with an awe-inspiring fireworks display set against the iconic Singapore’s city skyline with STAR ISLAND Singapore Countdown Edition.
- Help others build their dreams this festive season
Continuing with the theme “Bay of Hopes and Dreams” and in partnership with the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2019 presents the Build a Dream initiative, a collective effort to support the less fortunate in fulfilling their dreams and personal development.
Watch artworks created by students and beneficiaries of local schools and welfare organisations transformed into a series of fascinating light projections on the facades of key landmarks around Marina Bay.
These whimsical artworks portray the world seen through the eyes of these youths, as well as their aspirations for the future.
From 26 December to 31 December 2018, the façade of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore will be illuminated nightly with artworks by beneficiaries of the Metta Welfare Association (Metta) and the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN).
From 29 December to 31 December 2018, catch light projections adapted from artworks by beneficiaries from the AWWA and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS) on ArtScience Museum, as well as artworks by students from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) on the Merlion.
- Experience the buzz around Marina Bay
The Float @ Marina Bay will host the STAR ISLAND Singapore Countdown Edition which will feature a series of gorgeous fireworks over the bay for a full hour on 31 December leading to midnight.
This multi-sensory fireworks musical by Japanese entertainment group Avex will wow the audience with a combination of dazzling fireworks and pyrotechnics, lights, 3D surround sound and performance acts by Taiko drummers, dancers, fire performers and more.
There will also be fringe activities including an F&B marketplace, roving performances and family-friendly activities. For ticketing details, visit www.star-island.sg.
Over at The Promontory, Mediacorp’s Let’s Celebrate 2019 countdown show will be hosted by Chua En Lai and Sonia Chew, featuring top Mediacorp artistes and acclaimed local acts as they usher in the New Year.
Enjoy live performances by Taufik Batisah, Gentle Bones, Joanna Dong, Sufi Rashid, Shabir, as well as the newly-crowned SPOP Sing! winner Jarrell Ng and the top three finalists.
On top of that, artistes Joel Choo, Pierre Png, Sheila Sim, Romeo Tan, Carrie Wong will collaborate with Singapore’s top fashion models and Aisyah Aziz to showcase works done by local designers.
Entry is free and starts from 7pm. For more details, visit toggle.sg/LetsCelebrate2019.
- Finally, the Food!
At the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, the Food Truck Fest will feature a delicious line-up of modern local food, with a gathering of food trucks, caravans and kombi vans.
Experience an array of Singapore’s favourite dishes all in one location, such as the humble, kampong-style New Ubin Seafood, and the newly-awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand, Fishball Story.
- Rides and games, oh my!
This year’s edition of the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival at the Bayfront Event Space will be bigger than ever, featuring 50 rides and games from Europe and around the globe.
The Carnival will also be introducing new rides and games, an array of festive programmes, innovative promotions such as monthly themed dress contests, and new elements such as food challenges and a dance competition, to keep visitors engaged.
- You can dance!
Dance into the New Year at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre with Esplanade Presents Come Together that will feature six different performances with acts by Nick Zavior, Amni Musfirah, Bloco Singapura and NovoBloco. Timothy Nga hosts this stellar line-up of musical talent that will serenade listeners into 2019.
- Enjoy a car-free Civic District
The adjacent Civic District will be turned into a car-free activity hub where public can participate in various complimentary activities such as a pop-up craft market that promotes sustainability at The Incubator at Esplanade Park, movie screenings and live band performances at Empress Lawn, salsa dancing at the Asian Civilisations Museum and a bazaar along Connaught Drive.
- Family-friendly activities
There will also be fitness workouts and activities by the Health Promotion Board along St Andrew’s Road and The Cenotaph as well as family-friendly activities by the Families for Life spread across Angsana Lawn and Empress Lawn.
In addition, there will be ticketed programmes that the public can enjoy, such as an exhibition on Minimalism in Southeast Asia at the National Gallery Singapore and a concert by The Philharmonic Orchestra (Singapore) at the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall. St Andrew’s Road, part of Fullerton Road, the stretch of Connaught Drive between Esplanade Park and The Padang will be closed to traffic from 4pm on 31 December 2018 until 5am the next morning.
For more information, visit www.marinabaycountdown.sg.