8-minute fireworks and light projection show at Countdown 2016; singer Adam Lambert to perform

Fireworks lighting up the sky during a countdown party for 2014.
Fireworks lighting up the sky during a countdown party for 2014.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - Fireworks will span the entire Marina Bay during the countdown celebration to 2016, organisers of the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown said.

Matching 2015's display, the pyrotechnics to usher in 2016 will last eight minutes with festive lighting of buildings around the Bay and a special light projection show on the facade of The Fullerton Hotel.

The largest Countdown celebration in Singapore, the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown is jointly organised by Esplanade - Theatres by the Bay and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

Mr Benson Puah, CEO of The Esplanade, said: "With the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2016, we start a new chapter in the Singapore story by coming together as a nation and imagining the possibilities that the future holds."

Party-goers can view the fireworks from more locations around the bay, particularly with the opening of the Jubilee Bridge this year, the organisers said.

The display will be set to an original score composed by young music director Julian Wong.

Mr Ng Lang, CEO of URA, invites the public to join in the "first post-SG50 event".

"The Marina Bay Singapore Countdown has now firmly established itself as a key event on Singapore's calendar, where the community comes together to welcome the New Year," he added.

Besides the fireworks and light displays, there will be activities around the bay including Esplanade's Celebrate December music programmes, a bazaar at the Marina Bay waterfront and a Celebrate 2016 concert.

Singer Adam Lambert will be performing at the concert, the press release said.

There was an online petition to stop the openly gay singer from performing at the Countdown. An opposing petition in support of him performing, appeared online afterwards.

Activities around the Bay:

* An explosion of colour

The facade of the Fullerton Hotel comes alive with light and colour, and a digital art showcase that looks ahead to a vibrant, dynamic new year.

When: Dec 26 to 30 at 8.15pm, 9.15pm, 10.15pm and 11.15pm nightly

Dec 31 at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm

Where: Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Entry: Free

* Celebrate December

Celebrate the festive season at Esplanade with your family, friends and loved ones, and indulge in free music performances, craft workshops and other fun activities.

When: Dec 18 to 31

Where: Esplanade Concourse, Esplanade Outdoor Theatre and other locations around Esplanade

Entry: Free

More details: www.esplanade.com/celebrate_december

* Marina Waterfront Bazaar

This promises an array of artisan handicraft, collectibles, fashion apparel and accessories, party novelties and lighted gadgets, with light refreshments also available at affordable prices.

When: Dec 31, 3pm to 3am

Where: Marina Bay waterfront promenade

Entry: Free

More details: www.facebook.com/BazaarsINSingapore

* Mediacorp presents: Celebrate 2016

A star-studded ensemble of artistes including American star Adam Lambert.

When: Dec 31, 8pm to 3am

Where: The Float @ Marina Bay

Entry: $168, $88, $38

More details: toggle.sg/celebrate2016