SHINE Festival Shimmers and Sparkles

July 1st, 2012   •   no comments   

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
An unlikely crew of super heroes

With the tagline “Fire Up Your Passion”, this year’s SHINE Youth Festival comprises a month-long extravaganza of activities geared towards getting youths to do their part for society. To contribute, they can pledge to SHINE at the festival itself, do it online, or find ways to “take action and lead ground-up initiatives that would benefit the community” (quoting from Lynette Lee, SHINE Youth Festival Steering Committee member).

Held at Ngee Ann City’s Civic Plaza yesterday, the SHINE festival boasted a series of youth-led social movements such as the ever popular Cosmo Youth Parade, Community Service Marathon’s “Walk for a Cause” featuring an 800 m long cloth dragon, Urban Sports Challenge and the Dell-Intel Youth Concert.
Its interesting to note how the event has grown compared to last year. For the concert, 24 year old twins Janice and Sonia of Jayesslee fame made a special appearance (unfortunately I couldn’t stay long enough to catch them), while a more elaborate mascot parade and greater variety of urban sport games drew youths to the carnival grounds. 


Jayesslee covering Maroon 5’s Payphone

Thanks to Edelman and Omy.sg (official media), I had the chance to visit the opening show and practice my event photography skills yet again (remember last year?). Here are some highlights captured with my trusty Panasonic Lumix LX3.

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Here’s a sample of the pledges from the youths, some of which are more serious than others.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
A life-sized game of Jenga.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
Can you spot the ball kicked by the guy in jeans?

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
I like this game of “sumo wrestling” amongst the young kids. At least it doesn’t injure them.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
Two girls slugging it out while “Darth Vader” appears to be pointing his light sabre at somebody.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
“Don’t worry about your safety civillians. We’re here to protect you!”

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
Venom, Spiderman and a superhero/supervillain in blue whose name completely eludes me.

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These young boys played a rousing set of drums to kick off the Cosmo Youth Parade.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
Distinguished guests preparing to cut the ribbon before the parade.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
Do you recognise this elephant? Hint: his name rhymes with charity.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
Did this lion “escape” from Universal Studios Singapore?

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
This guy in dreadlocks isn’t a typical Rastafarian.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
More cool youths dressed like video game, anime and movie characters. The force is with them.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
An environmentally friendly “dragon” made of recycled drink cans.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
I’m guessing that these characters came from the Transformer movies, but I may be wrong.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
Ivan Heng and his “queens” from La Cage Aux Folles made a guerrilla appearance and swooned the crowd. I don’t think this was planned by the organisers of SHINE. 🙂

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
A swirling and tumbling dragon dance performance.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
The 800m long cloth dragon taking a breather after its walk.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
Daniel Ong and another emcee kicked off the concert segment of the event.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
The first item was put up by these four talented young boys singing various pop and hip-hop songs, complete with beatboxing and rapping.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
This guy dressed as a manga warrior was probably the best-dressed cosplayer in the parade.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
The official launch of SHINE graced by Mr Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister of Community Development, Youth and Sports.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
An energetic dance rowsed the crowd with their athletic and acrobatic moves.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
NSF Clarence Liew wowed the crowd with his soulful singing.

At this point, I had to leave so I couldn’t get photos of Jack and Rai and Jayesslee (just use your imagination OK). Before I go, here’s wishing SHINE 2012 Festival every success in its mission of bringing out the best in our youth!

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