Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2015 kicks Off Singapore Golden Jubilee Celebrations

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Jointly presented by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the 10th edition of Marina Bay Singapore Countdown will usher in Singapore’s Golden Jubilee this New Year’s Eve with more wishes to be collected on a record 25,000 wishing spheres that will be set afloat in Marina Bay. Five thousand red spheres will be included for the first time to form a giant number ‘50’ in the Bay. Members of the public can pen their wishes on the wishing spheres from 1 November at the 31 wishing stations around the island.

This year’s countdown will feature video projections on the façade of The Fullerton Hotel and the Merlion. Close to 400 drummers will also perform “live” to specially-commissioned music as the event culminates in an eight-minute firework display at midnight.

Red and white wishing spheres in commemoration of SG50
To commemorate Singapore’s 50th year of independence, 5,000 red spheres will be set afloat in the Bay to form a giant number ‘50’ amidst a sea of 20,000 white spheres. The wishing spheres will be installed in phases from mid-November and will be lit from 26 to 31 December. The spectacular visual installation will carry thousands of wishes from the public made for Singapore’s future.

Mr. Benson Puah, Chief Executive Officer, The Esplanade Co Ltd said, “Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2015kicks off the SG50 festivities by bringing people from all walks of life together in a night of celebration. We invite everyone to join us and together, watch the Bay area come alive as we usher in the New Year and the start of Singapore’s golden jubilee. As we wish for an even brighter future, we hope that everyone appreciates the specialness of what we have as a young nation and what is precious in our lives.”

Mr. Ng Lang, Chief Executive Officer of URA, said, “This is the 10th year of a fruitful partnership with Esplanade to present the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown. More significantly, Singaporeans and visitors will gather at Marina Bay to usher in Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. The success of the countdown comes from the support and involvement of the community, and we look forward to your participation again this year to make this a joyous evening.”

From 1 November, the public can pen their hopes and wishes for the nation and their loved ones on the wishing spheres at 31 wishing stations set up across the island. Netizens and Singaporeans overseas can also make virtual wishes at www.marinabaycountdown.sg from 7 November. The wishing spheres are sponsored for the first time by The Great Eastern Life Assurance Co Ltd. Click here for the locations and timings of the wishing stations.


Wishing Sphere Project


3D projection mapping shows on The Fullerton Hotel and the Merlion
This year, the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown will feature special 3D projection mapping displays on the façade of Fullerton Hotel Singapore and the Merlion. The video projection show will depict the growth and development of Singapore from past to present. From 26 to 31 December, the short shows will run between 8pm and 12am nightly.
On New Year’s Eve, the public can look forward to the final showcase beginning at 11.55pm that culminates in a countdown sequence to midnight, followed immediately by an eight-minute firework display.





Live drumming performed to fireworks music
The firework display will be specially choreographed to a score composed by two up-and-coming Singaporean music talents, Julian Wong and Riduan Zalani, who received guidance from the late musician Iskandar Ismail. This year, a special segment of the music will feature close to 400 drummers who will perform ‘live’ at the lower boardwalk in front of the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, adding a resounding beat to the music and firework display. The public can tune in to MediaCorp radio station Symphony 92.4FM to listen to the music as they watch the firework display.

Early countdown revellers can enjoy drum performances from 6pm onwards on New Year’s Eve. The public can also participate in drum circles to try their hands at creating rhythms with hand-held percussion instruments.

Something for everyone around the Bay
With the range of ticketed and non-ticketed events around the Bay, the evening promises something for everyone.

Free events include:

  • - Esplanade’s Celebrate December music programmes that will take place at the Esplanade Concourse and Outdoor Theatre
  • - A carnival at The Promontory held in conjunction with Celebrate with the World 2015 concert
  • - The Marina Waterfront Bazaar where the public can enjoy some light refreshments and do a spot of shopping from as early as 4pm.

Ticketed events include:

  • - Celebrate with the World 2015 held at The Promontory where revellers can enjoy more than eight hours of non-stop performances and music by local artistes and international DJs for $10
  • - The Celebrate SG50 concert organised by MediaCorp at The Float @ Marina Bay.

For the full list of activities please click here.


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