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July 3, 2013

Refreshed Singapore Youth Festival Celebrations

From 2 to 6 July, about 5,000 students from 167 schools will take centrestage at the Esplanade and other spaces at Ngee Ann City, Suntec City and three National Library Board libraries when they showcase their artistic talents at the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) 2013.

In its 47th year, the SYF in July has been refreshed. Called “SYF Celebrations 2013”, the 5-day arts festival aims to bring the vitality and creative talents of our youth to the public and engage the community.

Themed “in•fusion”, SYF Celebrations 2013 celebrates the rich confluence of the arts through a blend (‘fusion’) of innovative (‘in’) SYF platforms, with each platform pushing new frontiers to showcase the ever-evolving arts experience for the youth. Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, will be gracing the opening IN•FUSION Concert at the Esplanade on 3 July. He will also launch a new SYF logo at the event.

Festival visitors can request for a 60-page activity booklet to guide them through the different performances and art activities such as urban sketching, balloon sculpting and more. Visitors can also earn stamps during these activities and exchange them for specially designed SYF memorabilia.

For the first time in SYF, an Open Call was held from March to April 2013 where schools submitted performance entries via YouTube for showcasing at the Celebrations. A total of 180 shortlisted entries will be presented at the Esplanade and the Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza.

In addition, the Celebrations will bring together the largest mass dance in Orchard Road at the Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, with about 1,000 students, on 6 July. A demonstration of the choreography is available at and members of the public are encouraged to join in the fun.

Besides the onsite SYF Art Exhibition at Suntec City Tropics Atrium, visitors may also visit the online SYF Art Exhibition. They may enjoy 470 artworks from primary schools by scanning the exhibition’s QR code via their smartphones. Visitors are encouraged to share their comments at the online exhibition, which will further inspire and motivate our budding artists.

With the iconic city skyline of Marina Bay as the backdrop of the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, the SYF Youth Got Talent! Showcase will feature 21 solo and group performances in new art forms that have been added to this year’s SYF. The audience can expect performances in beat-boxing, rock, dance, martial arts display and pop music. A voting system via Short Messaging System (SMS) will allow public greater involvement as they vote for their favourite performances.

About the Singapore Youth Festival

The Singapore Youth Festival is the largest annual event organised by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to celebrate and showcase the diverse arts talents of our youth. It embodies MOE’s belief in the importance of a holistic education for our students and plays a key role in the development of arts education in our schools.

Since its inception in 1966, SYF has seen the involvement of more than 30,000 students in the activities and performances each year. It has been a fiesta for honing of skills, building friendship and creating a common experience for our youth through the arts.