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S’pore Day to draw 12,000
THIS year's Singapore Day, to be held at Hampton Court Palace, South West of Central London on April 25, is expected to attract 12,000 overseas Singaporeans from across Britain and Europe.
'We asked ourselves whether we should continue with organising this event given the economic downturn. We went through the analyses, assesment, videos and feedback of overseas Singaporeans and we felt the firm response is yes we need to go ahead,' said Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Director, Overseas Singaporean Unit, at a media briefing yesterday.
'In good times and bad times we need to continue to reach out to the pool of 150,000 Singaporeans living overseas. We cannot neglect them,' she added.
Organisers are working very closely with the partners, artistes and food hawkers to keep costs low, Ms Quah said. The planned cost for the London event is S$ 6 million, she said.
This is the third Singapore Day being organised by the Overseas Singaporean Unit in a city with a significant number of overseas Singaporeans. The first Singapore Day was held in New York in 2007 followed by the second one in Melbourne in 2008.
There are 40,000 Singaporeans living in Britain, with about 9,000 in London. But for the one-day event the organisers are expecting 12,000 Singaporeans to turn up from not only London but from across Europe.
As of now 3,500 Singaporeans have registered for the event on the website - www.singaporeday.sg - and some them hail from countries like Sweden, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Croatia.
For the first time, overseas Singaporeans can contribute to events back home through overseas Singaporean associations in Britain such as the Singapore Business Group and Singapore Creative Network, who will be present at the fair.
They can also find out how to volunteer at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games from the games' organising committee members who will be attending the event.
Other highlights of the show include a satirical version of The History of Singapore presented by the Dim Sum Dollies and Hossan Leong, a skit performed by Jack Neo, Mark Lee and Henry Thia and performances by Singapore Idol Taufik Batisah. They will be joined on stage by the Acapella Ini, a seven-member group of Singaporean university students who study in London.
Find out more of this concert at: https://app.singaporeday.gov.sg/concert.html
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