Singapore Youth Festival to mark 50th year with variety of celebration events

Performers from Yuying Secondary School's Concert Band rehearse at the Academy of Singapore Teachers on June 24, 2016.
Performers from Yuying Secondary School's Concert Band rehearse at the Academy of Singapore Teachers on June 24, 2016.ST PHOTO: AZMI ATHNI

SINGAPORE - This year's Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) - which marks its 50th anniversary - is themed YOUTHforia! It seeks to be a meaningful and vibrant celebration of both the SYF's heritage and the vitality of youths who are creating the future, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Friday (June 24).

The festival, which started in April, will culminate in celebrations spanning two weekends in July. About 6,000 students from 246 schools, from primary schools to junior colleges, will take part .

Performances include the SYF 2016 Opening and Closing Concerts, TRANSCENDance which is a solo street dance contest and Youth Got Talent! which will feature students break dancing, beatbox battling and doing magic acts.

Speaking at a media briefing, an MOE spokesman said that besides performances, the SYF's heritage and 50-year history will also be displayed in a heritage showcase at the Esplande Festival Corner.

There will also be an art exhibition in which students can showcase their artistic talents and promote art appreciation in schools.

Workshops - held for the first time in SYF celebrations - are also being organised. These are for youths to discover new artistic possibilities and learn from experienced arts professionals.

The sessions, from June 30 to July 3, will offer art forms such as improvisational band jam, dance choreography and urban sketching.

The SYF 2016 celebrations will also be extended to malls, such as Bugis+ and Causeway Point. There will be featured items such as hip-hop dances, pop songs and a fashion parade.

The inaugural Uniformed Groups Carnival, which showcases freestyle or precision drills, unarmed tactics and disaster management will also be held together with SYF 2016.

SingPost has also partnered with MOE to issue the SYF 50th Anniversary Commemorative Stamp Series, comprising five designs that symbolise the dynamic energy of youths and their artistic pursuits.