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Arts and cultural activities a hit at Car Free Sunday

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With a theme focusing on arts and culture, the fifth edition of Car-Free Sunday was a hit once again, as members of the public thronged the area around Connaught Drive and Empress Lawn.

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Participants during the fifth edition of Car-Free Sunday at Central Business District on June 26. Photo: Sport Singapore

Together with National Arts Council, ActiveSG continued with its popular lineup of activities such as the mass run, fitness dance parties, basketball, tennis and speedminton.

The collaboration between the two parties also allowed for the introduction of several other activities, such as postcard painting, screen painting, including musical performances by the Philharmonic Winds orchestra.

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong also graced the occasion and participated in a cycle around the area. 

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Minister for National Development, Lawrence Wong, (right, in red) cycled during the fifth edition of Car Free Sunday. Photo: Sport Singapore 

For Urban Redevelopment Authority staff Dennis Tan, it was “exciting” to be participating and helping out at the event for the first time.

“Normally in the CBD on Sunday, there’s nobody, and we’re quite excited that there are so many guys cycling, running with balloons, and there are so many kids.”

Tan and his colleagues were helping to distribute balloons to members of the public at the event.

His colleague Jasvin Wu added that they chose to help out because they believe in the idea of going car-free.

“It’s a very good initiative and support our company’s event.”

For running buddies Gerald Tan and Roy Tan, it was only through word of mouth that they heard about the event. 

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Members of the public taking part in fitness dance workouts during Car Free Sunday. Photo: Sport Singapore 

“It’s a good and interesting avenue for Singaporeans to come and since we don’t get to walk on St. Andrew’s Road very often,” said Gerald.

Roy added: “I think it’s a good initiative to get people to come out and be active. Even if you’re not running or cycling. Just coming out to walk on a Sunday morning, I think it’s pretty great.

“And surprisingly, there are more things than what I expected. There are a lot of side activities, booths and exercises. Even if you don’t participate in the main exercise, you can come here and participate in the various activities, so I think it’s not bad.” 


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