Southeast Asian creative team promises extraordinary 28th SEA Games Opening Ceremony
19 January, 2015
Shawn Lim & Angelina Dass
Photo credit: (L-R ) COL Yang Si Cheng (Chairman Show),COL Michael Ma (Dy Chairman OCC), COL Lawrence Lim (Chairman OCC),Haresh Sharma,Dr Sydney Tan,Beatrice Chia-Richmond,Kenny Wong,Mac Chan,Brian Gothong Tan,Jeffrey Tan,Goh Boon Teck, NILA, Mr Lim Teck Yin. Photo: Voxsports for SINGSOC
Hailing from Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, the 11-man creative team behind the Opening and Closing ceremonies for the 28th SEA Games promised an extraordinary and immersive experience for the audience.
Speaking to media Thursday evening, Creative director Beatrice Chia-Richmond and Colonel Lawrence Lim, Chairman, Opening and Closing Ceremonies (OCC) promised an opening ceremony to remember, where a grand spectacle and a visual treat awaits spectators inside the 55,000-capacity National Stadium.
The audience will also get the chance to be part of the show as LED medallions will be given to each audience member. Collectively, they will form a giant LED screen where graphics will be showcased throughout the three hour ceremony.
“Work for my team begun in October 2013 and it has been a long and extraordinary journey," said Chia-Richmond.
"We referenced many opening ceremonies in the Olympic Games because we wanted to create a show on that level. We wanted to create a show that is beautiful, inspiring, something all of us can connect to and ultimately be proud of."
The Games' opening ceremony will be held on June 5 and the closing on June 16. Priority sale of tickets begun yesterday while the rest of the public can purchase their tickets to the ceremonies from Jan 22, 10am onwards.
Competition tickets will be sold in February.
Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC) chairman Mr Lim Teck Yin, who was also present at the press conference, updated the media on the progress of the 28th SEA Games.
Thanking corporate Singapore for their support, Mr Lim said, "while we have not signed the target amount of $50 million, I have to say what is in the bag has surpassed that target".
"They (Corporate sponsors) don't just lend their support in funding and sponsorship, they are coming on board with their staff in some cases to be part of the Games," he added.
Mr Lim added that more details will be announced at a later stage.
Giving an update on SINGSOC's community engagement programmes, Mr Lim said the Make-A-Nila initiative has reached multiple ActiveSG sports centres, shopping malls and schools. He added that about 128 schools have signed up for SEA Games Modular school programmes since its launch late last year.
Under the programme, Team Singapore athletes go down to schools to pique students’ interest in sports while showing them how they too can be involved in the 28th SEA Games.
Mr Lim also urged Singaporeans to mark their calendars for Saturday, March 7, where SINGSOC will descend on Orchard Road for a big extravaganza to rally for One Team Singapore.
Other upcoming events include the unveiling of 14 songs of the Games, a volunteer appreciation day and multiple sponsor signings.
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