26 June 06
Singapore Youth Festival Reaches into the Heartlands
Largest student participation in 40 years
Celebrating 40 years of vibrant performances and events by students, the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) this year is set to reach out to new participants and audiences while casting a fond look back at the past. In the spirit of “Reaching Beyond”, the theme for SYF this year, the Festival will also break away from convention by going into the heartlands and involving participants from Special Education (SPED) schools.
2. More than 45,000 students involved in performing arts, sports and uniformed group CCAs are celebrating SYF in its 40th year, starting from April and ending in July with four weeks of 22 performances and events. The celebration will kick off with the Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium on 1 July where Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be the Guest of Honour.
Spirit of Reaching Beyond
3. For the first time in its 40-year history, SYF comes to the heartlands with four concurrent performances going on at four shopping malls – IMM, Bishan Junction 8, Tampines Mall and Tiong Bahru Plaza showcasing the excellent aesthetic programmes being offered in schools to a wider audience. Members of the public will be able to enjoy performances by students from primary and secondary schools, junior colleges and centralised institutes.
4. Also for the first time, two SPED schools will be involved in SYF this year. Metta School Chinese Orchestra will perform a Chinese Orchestra piece, while students from Yio Chu Kang Gardens School will put up a modern dance piece.
5. In seeking to broaden its horizon and outreach, more than 600 students and educators from countries such as China, Indonesia and India have been invited to join in the SYF celebration at the Opening Ceremony. Through this, they will be able to experience the life of our students beyond the classroom and how they develop social skills and build bonds with team mates of different social and ethnic backgrounds in the various CCAs. Students from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the US will also be performing at the SYF.
6. The Commemorative Volume will be launched during the SYF Opening Ceremony by the Prime Minister. The photographs and images in the Volume, complemented by prose and captions, tell the story of how the SYF has progressed from its early days as a platform for schools to perform, to its current status as the definitive showcase of the top talents amongst our youths. The Volume also conveys to our audience that beyond the festivities and extravaganza, SYF is really about our youths, their talents, aspirations and what SYF means to them.
7. The Commemorative Volume will be on sale to the public at $50 per copy.
8. The SYF Opening Ceremony this year will feature display bands from Bowen Secondary School, Deyi Secondary School and Tanjong Katong Secondary School competing for the coveted “Display Band of the Year” award which carries a cash incentive award from MOE. All the three bands will also receive Shell Challenge Trophies and cash incentive awards sponsored by Shell Companies in Singapore.
9. Two foreign bands will also demonstrate their marching skills and creativity - the Victoria Institution Cadet Corps Band from Kuala Lumpur, whose bagpipe section is one of the oldest school bagpipe band in South East Asia, and the Suranaree Marching Band from Thailand, which will showcase their skills with a 100-strong, all girls band.
10. Another highlight of the SYF Opening Ceremony is a performance by Campus Superstar winners Ng Chee Yang and Teresa Tseng, who will sing the theme song, “Reaching Beyond”, composed and arranged by well-known Singaporean musician, Iskandar Ismail,.
11. The SYF is organized annually to show the diverse talents of our students in the performing arts, sports and uniformed groups. Since its inception in 1966, the SYF has played an important role in providing a platform for students to refine their different skills. Through participation in the various SYF activities, students in various CCAs also develop social skills and build bonds with team mates of different social and ethnic backgrounds.
12. The SYF takes place over two periods: April and July. In April, various performing arts groups in schools (band, Chinese orchestra, choir, dance, drama and instrumental ensembles) are awarded Gold, Silver, Bronze awards based on their performance. Items are then selected for the July festival to showcase the diversity of items put up by the schools.
Information about the SYF performances can be found at