SINGAPORE - Sepia-tinted photographs and videos flashed across the panoramic screen, while smoke and sounds completed the effect.
Familiar chapters from the Singapore story were brought to life at the premiere of an immersive multimedia show screened by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI) on Friday.
The business organisation celebrated its role in Singapore's history with the official opening of a show and exhibition called "47 Hill Street", which refers to the address the SCCCI has occupied since 1911. President Tony Tan Keng Yam attended the event.
"Through their hard work, fortitude, dedication to society, and selfless giving, our Chinese business pioneers have contributed to the building of Singapore…(the exhibition) will serve to educate and inspire all Singaporeans, especially our younger generations, to continue to do our part for Singapore and the community," said Dr Tan.
The 20-minute show and panel exhibition cost about $1.5 million and took a year to complete.
Up to 1,000 photographs and materials from various sources were used to create a flowing narrative, including the National Archives and Singapore Press Holdings. Other key partners in the project were the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and the National Heritage Board.
Seven sets of informative panels depict SCCCI's contributions to Singapore in areas such as education, culture, community and the economy, and the chamber's role in key events such as World War II and the introduction of National Service.
The exhibition and show held at the Singapore Flyer will be open to the public from July to September. About 20 volunteers will help lead tours through the exhibition.
The show will screen six times a day alternating between English and Chinese, with an extra evening English session on weekends. Admission is free.