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This tour is a celebration in and of itself, offered just two days before Singapore's August 9th National Day festivities.
We will explore how this key nation-building event has developed since the first one at the Padang in 1966, which marked the one-year anniversary of Singapore’s separation from Malaysia. Back then, it was a relatively humble event including a variety of military and civil contingents marching past City Hall and onto the city streets. Military bands played, with a finale featuring a lion and dragon dance performance.
Over the years it has developed into a highly choreographed affair involving as many ordinary citizens as possible. New spectacles are added from time to time, such as the debut in 1970 of the dramatic “flypast” stunts by the Singapore Air Force.
We will learn how the participants practice for the many colourful shows and parades, and how ticket sales for this extremely popular occasion are handled. We will also examine how the themes have developed over time, from “Majulah! The Singapore Spirit,” to “Building Our Singapore of Tomorrow,” “One NationTogether,” and “We Are Singapore.”
We’ll visit the key places associated with the celebrations — the Padang, the (new) National Stadium, and the Float@Marina Bay, the current preferred venue. Starting at the National Stadium, we will then head to Marina Bay. From this aquatic stage we’ll proceed to the Padang, where will talk about what to expect from this year’s National Day events.
Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.
Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.
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Off the Beaten Track
We pride ourselves in offering out of the ordinary tours (some walking, some by bus, some a mix!) and other events with an emphasis on the heritage, history, and culture of our "little red dot" of an island. We have a wonderfully professional, committed team who work hard to ensure that the interesting parts of our small but magical island are introduced to residents and visitors alike.