Singapore Day - Shanghaied!
The fourth Singapore Day was the first ever in Asia. Some 5,500 Singaporeans congregated in Shanghai’s Century Park on 16th April 2011 on a chilly Saturday morning under overcast skies. But it couldn’t dampen the mood of the crowd who started gathering from as early as 9am. The burst of colour on the show grounds lent to a carnival atmosphere. For Singaporeans, they’d come to relive and reconnect with home and countrymen.
The hawker stalls serving up authentic local fare witnessed snaking queues that never seemed to thin out till near closing time. Everything from char kway teow, satay, roti prata to chilli crab was lapped up. With happy tummies, Singaporeans on their picnic mats soaked in performances by MediaCorp artistes like Jeanette Aw, Pierre Png, Elvin Ng and Xiang Yun. Popular faces of local sitcoms like Moses Lim, Koh Chieng Mun and Irene Ang also delighted the crowd while comedic emcees Chua En Lai and Michelle Chong had everyone in stitches as they stitched the various stage items together. Familiar tunes also filled the air, thanks to the vocals of 93.3FM deejay Cai Li Lian, Singapore Idol winner Sezairi Sezali and accomplished singer Kit Chan. The showcase marquees were also crowd pullers with games, simulator rides, talks and other activities.
Singapore Day is one of the signature programmes of the Overseas Singaporean Unit in its stable of programmes to engage Overseas Singaporeans. It is held in different cities with a significant community of Overseas Singaporeans. Singapore Day is a collaborative effort between the public, private and people sectors; an event by Singaporeans, for Singaporeans.
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