24 December 2009

10,000 people expected at Labrador on New Year's Eve

A New Year's Eve all-night event is expected to attract 10,000 people. Held "to get Singaporeans and new citizens to mingle", the event will be held "within the tranquil surroundings of Labrador Park". Hordes of litter-producing people coupled with "cultural performances" doesn't bode well for tranquility.
Careless beach users
This was left behind at Labrador by a much smaller group of people who had obviously partied there the night before.

New Year's Eve party to be held at Labrador Park
Asha Popatlal, Channel NewsAsia 23 Dec 09;
SINGAPORE: With just about a week left to the end of the year, planning for New Year's Eve parties has shifted into high gear.

People will be celebrating not just in downtown Singapore but further in the heartlands as well, where grassroots organisations are planning an all-night event starting from 10pm till 6.30am the next day.

The event is being organised in an effort to get Singaporeans and new citizens to mingle amidst the festivities.

Adding some spice to the night will be EZ50 dance group from China that will come on at about 4am.

The event will be held within the tranquil surroundings of Labrador Park.

Organisers said that they already have about 1,000 people committed to attend the party. But since admission is free, they hope to see up to 10,000 people.- CNA/sc

Singaporeans, PRs to party together
Straits Times 24 Dec 09;
COME Dec 31, new citizens such as Mr Ram Chakrapani will join the New Year's revelry alongside other Singaporeans at a party in Labrador Park.

Jointly organised by the Radin Mas Citizens Consultative Committee and new Chinese immigrants group Hua Yuan Association, the overnight party at the park in Pasir Panjang will last more than eight hours, and aims to get up to 10,000 Singaporeans, new citizens and permanent residents (PRs) to see in the New Year together.

The party is co-organised by Lianhe Wanbao and supported by the National Integration Council.

Organisers have made a special effort to publicise the party to new citizens and PRs by contacting formal and informal immigrant organisations in the Cambodian, Filipino, Vietnamese and Indian communities, among others.

About 1,000 invitations to new citizens and new PRs in the Tanjong Pagar area have gone out.

But Mr Sam Tan, adviser to the Radin Mas division under Tanjong Pagar GRC, stressed that the party is for everyone living in Singapore.

Mr Chakrapani, 44, a director with a networking company who came here from India more than 10 years ago, became a citizen in February, and has already made a date for the countdown.

'As a new citizen, I am excited about it, and I want to take my whole family,' he said, adding it was a good way to get to know new cultures and meet people.

Singaporean student Muhammad Nur Afiq, 16, who will be one of the performers in a modern Malay dance being staged at the party, said: 'It is also a benefit to us because we get to let people know about modern Malay culture.'

The night's programmes include other cultural performances such as the long-nozzle teapot dance from Chongqing, China, and Middle Eastern belly dancing and drumming.

Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Lui Tuck Yew will be the guest of honour.

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