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.
This guy in dreadlocks isn’t a typical Rastafarian.
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. 🙂
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!