SINGAPORE - For the first time, the public can get close to and interact with some of the exhibits and installations that will be showcased at the Chingay parade.
From Feb 5 to Feb 9, the Chingay 2023 Taster Experience will feature unique exhibits, behind-the-scenes tours, light shows and performances by foreign groups.
Visitors can take part in activities such as urban sports, dance, and art workshops run by local artists.
They can also marvel at the Rabbits Art-Venture installation put up by more than 2,000 students from eight schools and institutions and Chingay’s largest container art installation, standing at 18m tall.
Admission to the exhibition at the F1 Pit Building is free.
At a preview of the parade on Thursday, Ms Tan Swee Leng, Chingay 2023’s executive committee vice-chairman and director of arts and culture at the People’s Association (PA), said this year’s parade allows for closer interactions between performers and the audience.
The parade will be held on Feb 3 and 4 at the F1 Pit Building.
Those who cannot catch the parade in person can tune in to the live webcast, where a QR code will be flashed during the show.
They can scan the code to get an invitation to sign up for exclusive workshops and experiences at the Chingay 2023 Taster Experience, Ms Tan added.
Meanwhile, spectators attending the parade will get to mingle with three rabbit characters and soak in the atmosphere.
The show will feature lion dances and stunt performers, among others. Each act will highlight various aspects of Singapore’s multi-culturalism.
Mr Javier Ong, who choreographed the urban sports segment, said he wants to show spectators what urban sports are all about.
“This year’s parade is a really good platform for us to showcase what urban sports are and show people that they’re not something to shun,” said the 27-year-old, who has been skating on longboards since he was 18.
Mr Kia Siang Wei, Chingay 2023’s exco chairman and PA group director, said he was excited to welcome back a live audience.
“I hope the public will get immersed in the whole experience,” he said, adding that he hopes this year’s parade will be a memorable experience after two years of scaled-down celebrations.
Chingay 2023 tickets, priced from $20 to $60, are on sale at Sistic. PAssion Card holders get a 20 per cent discount. For more information, visit https://www.chingay.gov.sg or the Chingay Facebook and Instagram pages.