Youth Shine with mentors

Members of the mentorship programme will show what they have learnt at the annual Shine Festival

(From far left) Mentor Zullikhan Abdullah and interactive media programme participants Hazel Sim, Carissa Chew and Tok Jin Yu with a mock-up of the 360-degree enclosed cube installation that will be shown in front of Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza.
(From far left) Mentor Zullikhan Abdullah and interactive media programme participants Hazel Sim, Carissa Chew and Tok Jin Yu with a mock-up of the 360-degree enclosed cube installation that will be shown in front of Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza. PHOTO: DANIEL NEO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Young talent will be out in full force in Orchard Road this weekend, putting on performances and demonstrations in various fields including music, dance and urban sports such as parkour.

They are from the mentorship programme of Shine Festival, an annual youth-oriented event presented by National Youth Council.

The three-day event this year, to be held from today to Sunday, will showcase what the participants have learnt so far.

For example, the music participants will perform their own songs created with mentorship.

The month-long mentorship commenced in May with 96 participants in five genres: urban arts, interactive media, pop culture or YouTube content creation, urban sports, and music and dance.

Mentors include prominent names such as rapper Shigga Shay and singer-songwriter Charlie Lim (music), B-boy crew Radikal Forze Crew (dance) and creative studio Kult (urban arts).



    Look out for Korean-American hip-hop artist Jay Park as well as home-grown acts such as rapper Shigga Shay and singer-songwriters Gentle Bones and Charlie Lim.

    When: Today to Sunday, 5 to 10pm

    Where: In front of Ion Orchard and Ngee Ann City Coliseum


    Check out interactive motion reactive walls that respond to your movements and contribute to a community wall mural. Try your hand at silk-screening printing and create your own painting using the paper marbling technique.

    When: Today to Sunday, 2 to 10pm

    Where: In front of Ion Orchard, Wisma Atria and Ngee Ann City Coliseum


    More than 60 pop-up stalls in Orchard Road will offer wares such as handcrafted jewellery by Secret Clovers and local illustrated merchandise by Sarah Thursday.

    When: Tomorrow and Sunday, noon to 10pm

    Where: *Scape and Orchard Cineleisure

Ms Tok Jin Yu, 23, a visual communications student from Lasalle College of the Arts, is a participant of the interactive media mentorship programme.

She is being mentored by Zullikhan Abdullah, 43, managing director of creative studio Ideas Empire.

Together with two other participants, she will create a three- minute video sequence that will be projected onto a 360-degree enclosed cube.

It will be located in front of Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza.

She says she hopes to learn from budding designers as well as from mentors with different perspectives from her.

"I am also looking forward to opportunities in the near future to develop interactive experiences that can potentially help solve social issues."

Some of the mentors will perform at the festival too.

Shigga Shay will take the stage in front of Ion Orchard tomorrow, while Lim will perform on Sunday.

Also on the performing line-up during the festival are Korean- American hip-hop artist Jay Park and home-grown musicians such as popular singer-songwriter Gentle Bones and punk-rock band Iman's League.

Shine Festival is in its 11th edition and is organised this year in partnership with *Scape.

All events are free and will be held in Orchard Road, from *Scape to Ion Orchard.

Activities include interactive art installations, parkour demonstrations and try-outs, and music and dance performances.

There will also be an art market at *Scape and Orchard Cineleisure tomorrow and on Sunday, with more than 60 stalls by market organiser The Local People.

Tomorrow, food trucks offering fare such as Japanese maki and salad store Makisan and Thai drinks store Soi55 will line Orchard Road, which will be closed to traffic that day.

Last year's festival attracted 52,000 visitors.

The organisers expect about 60,000 visitors this year.

National Youth Council says that the festival is one way to show the public that young people are creative, dynamic and willing to take risks.

"They are not strawberries and durians - we should not perpetuate this narrative," says its chief executive, Mr David Chua, 41.

He is referring to the perception that millennials are easily bruised like strawberries or overprotected by their parents the way durians are by their shells.

"We ought to help guide and mentor them, offer them opportunities to strike out and, when they fall, encourage them to pick themselves up and go again or try something else."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2016, with the headline Youth Shine with mentors. Subscribe