Enough Talk Just Do, that is the tag line that this years' SHINE Youth Festival will hope that youths in Singapore will act on. In continuous efforts to provide even more platforms and opportunities for youths to demonstrate their talents. The seventh run of the SHINE Youth Festival is back bigger and bolder, starting with it's launch held right in the heart of town at *SCAPE over the weekend.
It was a fun filled day of activities both on and off stage which included a Pillow Fight Competition to remind youth to "Wake up, Stop dreaming and get into action".
A performance by magician Kiki Tay and his team of young magicialns were also among the highlights which included supporting acts like Haru House, the NEA: National Percussion Competition, Radikal Force and Bloco Singapura.
One of the main attention drawers was the COSMO Youth Parade (Mascot Parade) which started from Orchard Central and ended off with a return to *SCAPE, passing Orchard landmarks like the new Mandarin Gallery and Takashimaya.
A spectacle which drew a flurry of colourful costumes from a lion dance troop to iconic comic book characters like Spiderman, Wonder Woman and War Machine. There was even an army of Predetors at the back of the parade as well as a swat team on patrol.
And as a treat this year, overnight internet sensation Mr Yam Ah Mee was present to help kick off the parade. The Chief Executive Director of People’s Association was all smiles as he kicked off the COSMO Youth Parade and took photos with his adoring fans later on.
Mr Yam has said in the past that he is more than happy to use his new found fame to influence the youth of today and most of all to be supportive and to set a good example. Well he was definitely a man of his word and sporting no doubt as stayed till late on into the night.
Mr Martin Tan, Chairperson for SHINE Youth Festival 2011 Steering Committee gave an opening speech on the whole idea of the SHINE Youth Festival before being joined by other VIPs including Guest of Honor, Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister for State for the Ministry of Trade and Industry to officially launch the SHINE Youth Festival 2011.
With more than 12,000 youths at Singapore's first ever multi-deck concept party, the showing of support from the likes of Mr Teo Ser Luck definitely played a huge role in encouraging the youths to showcase their talents and engage in their passions.
And that support was repaid in full with a fitting finale to the eight hour long launch celebrations. The first of a star studded cast arrived on stage in the form of former Radio Personality Daniel Ong who got the crowd roaring from end to end. The energy was up and the tempo was all set to go into overdrive as *SCAPE cheered on as the performances began.
Now of course SHINE 2011 and it's 5 marquee and other partners will be providing a platform for youths to show their skills from now till 30th July, this will be through a rich line up of activities presented throughout the month long festivities.
Local Acapella group JuzB was first to take to the stage as they entertained the crowd with interesting renditions of popular songs like OneRepublic's Secrets as well as a mandarin song which made people take note of this all-Malay group during their time in Channel U's Superband.
JuzB ended off with a Malay song which talks about just being yourself, a fitting tune to n line with the whole SHINE Youth Festival theme.
The Roses were next to entertain and they are a local dance group consisting of 4 girls armed with cool moves as they showed us why they were the champion in 2009's Singapore Street Dance Festival.
With a combination of modern street, hip-hop and funk these 4 girls definitely know their moves. and they certainly caught the audiences' attention. There was also a preview of what to expect during The Big Groove concert to be held later in the month, with many Free style Dancers grooving and moving to the music both on stage and on the floor to the delight of everyone present.