Concert In The Park 10th Birthday Bash

 

Ten Years of Concerts in the Park!

 

The NAC-ExxonMobil Concert in the Park series

 

celebrates one decade of success, memories and the arts

 

Concert in the Park 10th Birthday Bash

 

 Date:  30 July 2006 (Sunday)
 Time:  3 pm – 7 pm
 Venue:  Singapore Botanic Gardens,
   Palm Valley (Symphony Stage)
 GOH:  Dr Balaji Sadasivan,
   Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts
   and Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

Come 30 July, the NAC-ExxonMobil Concert in the Park (CIP) series will mark its tenth anniversary of bringing the arts to Singaporeans.

 

This milestone event celebrates the growth and success of an iconic series that has arguably played a pioneering role in arts outreach programmes here, and helped to increase awareness and appreciation of the arts among Singaporeans.

 

Launched in 1996, the CIP series started as a monthly event, inviting people to picnic in the park amidst music, theatre, dance and quizzes. Each concert boasted a special theme and fun-filled activities for both adults and children. To this day, it continues to spur throngs of Singaporeans to make their Sunday afternoons an arts-filled one. The CIP series has some 109 activities to its credit, and drawn a total audience attendance of over 200,000.

 

Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC) and sponsored by ExxonMobil, this long-standing series has reaffirmed NAC’s audience development strategy.

 

“The National Arts Council is grateful for the commitment of ExxonMobil, in a partnership that has brought enriching arts experiences to the masses. NAC 's outreach initiatives including the Concert in the Park series have encouraged many Singaporeans to embrace the arts. More people are attending the arts now. In 2005, 33% of Singaporeans attended an arts event, triple that of ten years ago In the long run, NAC will further build on its efforts to engage more Singaporeans and grow ticket-buying audiences. This will help enhance a self-sustaining environment for the arts to flourish and thereby benefit the wider community.,” said Chua Ai Liang, Director, Audience Development, NAC.

 

Through increasing access to the arts, the CIP series has delivered many of the benefits of the arts to the community. Beyond intrinsic benefits such as personal enjoyment, it has also supported community bonding, social interaction and the like. Invitations have been extended to various charities, welcoming beneficiaries and families to be part of the merry-making this Sunday. At least 200 children from five children’s homes will be attending the 10th Birthday Bash.

 

The series is also a firm testament to the fruitful partnership between the arts and corporate sectors.

 

"It takes many years to reach out and to nurture in any community a love for music and the arts. ExxonMobil is privileged to be a part of this programme and will continue to contribute to our community," said Jonathan Law, Public Affairs Manager, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

 

A rousing celebration not to be missed, the 10th Birthday Bash at the Botanic Gardens will be hosted by actor and long-time CIP supporter Adrian Pang. It will be staged over four hours instead of the usual two. All are invited to revel in an array of festivities as concert organisers present a star-studded line-up that will deliver nostalgia and novelty alike.

 

Relish performances by past Concert performers such as Cultural Medallion recipient Jeremy Monteiro, vocalist Jacintha Abishegenaden, Grammy Award-winning bassist Eldee Young and theatre group ACT 3. Sing along to familiar favourites such as Rasa SayangLife Story and Mustafa. Celebrate xinyao classics and evergreen Chinese pop songs with The Philharmonic Winds and Leelian Chua, and groove with all-girl a cappella group NANU as they team up with beat-boxer Charles Wong.

 

Main stage performances start at 5pm, but a range of dancing workshops, interactive performances and fun activities will be open to the public from 3pm to kick start the fun and adventure. There will also be installation artworks and a “Down Memory Lane” exhibition.

 

A copy of the Concert programme is attached as an annex.

 

For media queries, please contact:

National Arts Council

 

Ms Sylvia Low, Manager, Corporate Communications

DID: 6837 9596 | Mobile: 9873 5060| E-mail: Sylvia_LOW@nac.gov.sg

 

Mr Nigel Sim, Assistant Director, Corporate Communications

DID: 6837 9730 | Mobile: 9680 5045 | Email: Nigel_SIM@nac.gov.sg