Singapore’s largest youth festival returns this year with a slew of activities and programmes.
The annual event, held by National Youth Council, will kick off Youth Month this July, bringing together the youths of Singapore in support of their aspirations, talents and passions.
Returning for its 12th edition, the theme for this year’s SHINE Festival is #OwnYourDreams, which aims to inspire youths to pursue their ambitions, particularly in the four main pillars of Music & Dance, Art & Media, Sports & Gaming, and Makers & Creators.
With Orchard Road closed for the biggest street celebration of the year, this three-day event is not to be missed, but if you’re in need for more convincing, here are seven reasons why you should check it out.
1) Support Local with Singapore’s Music Heavyweights
In line with SHINE’s mission to celebrate Singapore’s home-grown talent and youth, there is no better place to catch the very best of the local music scene than at SHINE Festival 2017.
With ShiGGa Shay, The Sam Willows, Gentle Bones, Charlie Lim, THELIONCITYBOY, Sam Rui, LinYing and DruChen all slated to feature at the festival, come and feast your eyes and ears at the country’s best artists.
Kicking things off at the music stage at ION Orchard are local female powerhouses INCH and Sam Rui, who will be performing their latest hits on Day 1 (June 30).
Day 2 (July 1), on the other hand, will feature K-Pop icon Jessica Jung, alongside Singapore’s Gentle Bones, The Sam Willows, ShiGGa Shay, LinYing and X Factor Australia finalist Natalie Ong.
Last but not least, closing the weekend of festivities on Day 3 (July 2) are none other than THELIONCITYBOY, Charlie Lim and Sezairi.
2) Get Inspired by SHINE x *SCAPE’s Talent Development Programme
More than just a festival, SHINE sets itself apart from similar events because of its Talent Development Programme (TDP), providing a platform for aspiring young talents to pursue their dreams and showcase what they’ve got.
This year, mentors such as Jon Chua from The Sam Willows and music producer Kevin Foo will be on deck to guide young aspiring musicians while the Singapore Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) will take on young gamers under their wing.
What’s in it for attendees? You’ll get a chance to check out the brilliant works, ranging from songs to media installations, produced by the mentees under the guidance of their mentors during SHINE Festival.
There’ll also be workshops and talks for youths interested in the Legal Aspects of Music, Art and Media, so don’t forget to sign up.
3) Get Your K-Pop Fix with Jessica Jung and check out her collaboration with Singapore-born Natalie Ong
Listen up, K-Pop fans. This one’s for you! Superstar Jessica Jung will be gracing our shores and SHINE Festival Stage this July. The former Girls’ Generation member will be bringing her hits like Fly and Love Me The Same, so if you’re fan, it’s time to start practicing those dance moves.
That’s not all though. Jessica will be joined by Singapore-born Natalie Ong on 1st July.
The performance will be their first ever LIVE performance together and is sure to light up the stage just like how ShiGGa Shay did with Jay Park last year.
4) Check out Singapore’s Largest Team Dance Competition
If you’re a fan of dance competitions, don’t miss out on Super 24. Adding a new spin to dance competitions, Super 24 pits dance crews consisting of exactly 24 members against each other in an 8 by 8-metre square.
Rather than focusing purely on dance talents, the competition is designed to test the depth of a dance crew’s unity. To make things even more intense, judges are sat on all four sides, scrutinizing each performance to immense degrees of detail.
Held on Day 2 (July 1) from 2-10pm, SHINE Festival will play host to the Tertiary and Open Qualifiers of the event, a month before the National Finals on August 6, 2017. Come and witness some of Singapore’s best dance crews battling it out for the ultimate prize of becoming the Super 24 Champion.
5) If you love Dota 2…
There are loads in store for gamers at SHINE Festival 2017, whether you’re an aspiring Esports athlete or just a casual gaming fan.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career as a gamer, SHINE Festival will be hosting a series of workshops as part of the Talent Development Programme. Some of this year’s partners are SCOGA, Garena, Twitch and Super Evil Megacorp, who will be working with SHINE on programme activities at this year’s festival.
These include foundation and mastery workshops for gaming enthusiasts in Dota 2, League of Legends and Vain Glory, as well as lessons on how to build and design your own gaming company.
Additionally, gaming fans will be able to witness the finals of the Lion City Esports Cup for Dota 2 and Overwatch, which will be played in the Gaming Containers located near Ngee Ann City. The livestream will be broadcasted on a large projector screen with a spectator seating area provided.
6) Feast with Food Trucks & Youth Hawkers
It ain’t a festival without food, and SHINE Festival 2017’s line-up of food vendors does not disappoint.
If you’re into food trucks, you’re in luck as a whole string of them can be found on Orchard Road over the festival weekend, operated by The Traveling C.O.W., Coffee Bandits, Milo, Old Chang Kee, and Somersby, just to name a few.
Besides that, the festival will also have live cooking youth hawkers who truly embody the spirit of embracing unconventional careers. Stalls like Penang Kia Prawn Mee, A Noodle Story, Two Wings and Xiao Di Hokkien Mee will be on deck to serve delicious local hawker food, giving the festival a unique twist to the usual
7) Kick Off Youth Month in Style
SHINE Festival might only be three days long, but it marks the start of Youth Month, which is dedicated to celebrating the contributions by youths to the nation and to inspire more youths to achieve their dreams.
The entire month of July will be filled with exciting programmes and activities for youths, by youths.
There are also a whole bunch of perks and discounts for youths to enjoy all month long. Some of the participating retailers and partners include Zouk, New Balance, Homerun Baseball, Udders, Choo Choo Chicken, Soi 55 and more.
Apps such as The Entertainer and Cheers that provide 1-for-1 promotions will also be available at a highly discounted rate. Youths will be able to purchase The Entertainer for S$70 instead of S$125, while Cheers will go for S$40 for youths instead of S$125.
Some of the outlets under the The Entertainer app include Kith Café, Wave House Singapore, Jamie’s Italian, Fat Cow, Lepark, and Bounce. Cheers on the other hand has vendors such as The Mad Men, KPO, Aria Roof Bar and Sum Yi Tai.
SHINE Festival 2017 will be held from 30 June to 2 July at Orchard Road and is brought to you by the National Youth Council
Brought to you by National Youth Council.