SINGAPORE - When Thierry Yeo was asked to help create art pieces for the upcoming Chingay, he agreed, filled with excitement.
The Singapore Polytechnic (SP) student has been a budding artist since he was six years old, and the opportunity to participate in a public art installation - one of various community engagement programmes to celebrate Chingay - was too good to pass.
“This is the first time I get to express myself on such a big canvas. I feel incredibly honoured to be chosen to create art pieces for Chingay and expand Singapore’s arts scene,” said the 17-year-old, who is pursuing arts, design and media at SP.
He added that it was a great opportunity to be a part of something much bigger than himself.
Mr Yeo is one of 10,000 residents and artists - including over 3,000 performers - involved in the 2023 Chingay parade.
The Chingay parade started in 1972 as a way to bring cheer to Chinese New Year festivities amid the firecracker ban, but over the years evolved to become Singapore’s biggest multicultural celebration.
Set to take place on Feb 3-4, 2023, the parade will mark the return of colourful, large-sized floats. The National Education show for primary school students will also return after a two-year hiatus.
“Chingay has always been about the people, about bringing people together to celebrate our unique and multi-faceted cultural mix,” said Mr Lim Hock Yu, chief executive director of the People’s Association.
He added: “Chingay 2023 will start a fresh chapter that involves wider community participation, including the younger generation, to reimagine and tell of our Singaporean culture – of our multiculturalism, our youth, and our community arts in a more innovative, trendy, and appealing format.”
The theme of the Chingay parade is “Embrace Tomorrow”, calling on all Singaporeans to treasure the present and look to the future of the nation with hope.
Eight local artists and 480 youngsters will be coming together to create art installations that embody the community spirit and showcase Singapore’s multicultural...