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September 13, 2008

Singapore River Festival

Photo: Clarke Quay Night Scene, Singapore River Festival Site

Singapore River Festival

The inaugural Singapore River Festival (19 September to 28 September) will be launched with a ten-day-long series of music, dance and entertainment parties to be held at the Singapore River. In celebration of three key elements (water, heritage and entertainment) of the iconic Singapore River landmark, the Singapore River Festival is planned to be a signature tourism event for years to come.

I understand that this music, dance and entertainment festival will be put up by organizations along the Singapore River to make it a more hip and happening place. This Singapore River Festival event is to be held for the first time in conjunction with the Singapore Grand Prix (GP) season.

From 8pm on 19 September, visitors to the Singapore River Festival at Clarke Quay jetty can be entertained at the Solid Groove Party where performers like Wicked Aura Batucada, Jive Talking from the Pumping Room, Bushmen, Najip Ali with DJ Aldrin and DJ Josh. This will be followed up with more Singapore River Festival acts in the Urban Jazz Crossover performance the next evening featuring Quasimode Live (from Japan), Cosa Bostra Live, Cubania from Azzucar and Don (all from Singapore).

At the Clarke Quay atrium, you can catch many dance performances for free in the Singapore River Festival. In Electrik Boogaloo event, to be held on 26 September from 10pm, DJ Aldrein from One will spin the discs with live dance party performance acts by Lapsap from KL and Inquisitive from Singapore.

Celebrating Hip Hop of Asia will take centrestage on 27 September from 10pm at the Singapore River Festival. MC Vandal from California will lead the crowd with more performances by Arabyrd (from KL), Inquisitive, Freaky Z, aided by DJ Titus from Attica.

The ‘live’ broadcast of Singapore’s first Formula One race will take place at Clarke Quay during the Singapore River Festival on 28 September 2008 from 8pm to 10pm.

A final big bash will be performed on the penultimate day of the Singapore River Festival celebration. Wicked Aura Batucada, Sri Warisan, Kohinoor Bhangra, Zingo Festival Drum, Stassh and Vinnie Q (from Hong Kong) will wow visitors who enjoy music and dance. Note however that all these line-ups at the Singapore River Festival are subject to change.

More Singapore River Festival Highlights
19 Sep - Late Night Shopping @ Central19 & 20 - Clarke Quay River Party
19-21 & 26-28 Sep - Legenda Singapura and a colourful bumboat float parade
19-28 Sep - Timbre MusicFest 2008
19-28 Sept - Tiger Translate Museum @ the Riverfront
20 & 27 Sep - Of Dali, Bali & Hadhramis - A Clarke Quay Historical Pub Walk
24 Sep - "The Impossible Journey" - A Mega Illusion presented by CENTRAL
25 Sep - The Tipple Exchange - A Boat Quay Historical Pub Walk
26 Sep - Chivas Live at RVP

Ticketing of Singapore River Festival:
Free Admission unless otherwise stated

How To Get There:
Raffles Place MRT Station (EW14/NS26) or Clarke Quay MRT Station (NE5)

Website:Singapore River Festival

In my search for more places of interest to visit, the Singapore River has often appeared on my radar. With a focus like the Singapore River Festival, I might just make another family trip to the Singapore River a reality.

Other places near Singapore River to see in Seen This Scene That:
1. Merlion Park

2. Anderson Bridge

3. Esplanade Park

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