Chingay is one of Asia's largest street and floats parade that epitomises the dynamism of Singapore's vibrant and multicultural society. To mark 60 years of community building by the People's Association in 2020, the theme for Chingay 2020 is 'Colours in Harmony', expressed through the use of different colours to symbolise Singapore's cultural diversity and harmonious blend of different cultures in this 48th edition.
An estimated 6,000 volunteer performers from all walks of life and different organisations will be involved in co-presenting this People's Parade to showcase their passion and skills in a vivid display of their talents, over five parade segments.
As a national platform that brings people from diverse backgrounds together to celebrate Singapore's unique multiculturalism, Chingay will be the first event to mark this milestone. Chingay will feature a unique 'Bridge of Harmony' float, decked out with 'Harmony' tiles that are co-created by more than 20,000 residents island-wide, signifying the shared journey of PA with fellow Singaporeans in community building.
Bridge of Harmony Float to mark 60 years of community building by People's Association
One of the co-creation is PA's very own 'Bridge of Harmony' float, where the entire float will be deckedd out with Harmony Tiles (10cm by 10cm) drawn by some 20,000 residents islandwide. We have roved to more than 180 community events to encourage residents of different ages and races to either pen their wishes for our community or draw something to signify the six community values (care, inclusiveness, courage, diversity, innovation and excellence).
Traditional Art Forms VS Contemporary Displays
Chinese performing art groups are taking up the challenge to refresh the traditional art forms by weaving new styles into tradition. Look out for 'battle' between stilt walkers and sky runners performing alongside each other. And also, conventional dragon dance performing on a 3.5-m high rotating see-saw structure. There will also be remote-controlled LED flying dragons and lion dance performances made from giant balloons.
Strength in Unity
For the first part of the finale, the 250-m parade route will be transformed into a sea of bamboo, in six colours to represent different community values. 600 young and energetic percussionists will incorporate the bamboos into their performance. Bamboos were chosen because they represent strength and when multiple bamboo sticks are bound together, the combined strength is great and the structure would not break. It is an apt symbol of strength in unity and together as one.
Harmony in Motion
Over the years, Chingay is always associated with diversity, due to the multi-cultural performances that are put up. Most times, these ethnic groups will present their individual items. But for the first time, in Chingay 2020, the creative team has challenged themselves to choreograph a unique fusion item titled 'Harmony in Motion' where performers of four different races will perform together as one. There will be common elements in their costumes, music and choreography, but yet, each ethnic identity will remain distinct. This is an example of how Singapore is - we celebrate diversity in harmony.