This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) show, the first one to be held indoors because of the pandemic, will reflect on Singapore’s journey as the country tackled the COVID-19 outbreak.
A video from Keppel Corporation featuring its employees imitating the haka – an ancient New Zealand Maori war dance – has been taken down from the NDP Facebook page after it received criticism for being disrespectful to the Maori culture. This comes after a torrent of comments on the Facebook post accusing the video of cultural appropriation. The video was an entry for the NDP cheer competition which pits companies, government agencies and schools against each another.
It looks like next year’s National Day Parade will be an exciting one, now that the organising committee has selected their creative director for 2018. While there’s no official confirmation yet, Singapore socialite Paige Parker – wife to wealthy American businessman Jim Rogers – broke the news on her Instagram on Friday (1 December), along with a photo of her and filmmaker Boo Junfeng on the red carpet at the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF). She praised the 33-year-old director of “Apprentice” before casually making the announcement. ...
The interior of one of the NDP-themed MRT trains. With National Day coming next month, Singaporeans can already start to get into the spirit of the event as they go about their daily commute on National Day Parade (NDP)-themed MRT trains. The specially-decorated trains were launched on Monday (17 July) morning as a collaboration between the Land Transport Authority (LTA), SBS Transit and SMRT.
One Nation Together is a ground-up effort featuring contributions from Singaporeans around the world. It’s that time of the year again – Singapore’s National Day looms and a new official NDP song is released, to the amusement and chagrin of Singaporeans. While official NDP songs from previous years have sparked discussion online, it is an unofficial National Day song that’s gaining attention this year.
Singaporeans and Permanent Residents hoping to catch this year’s National Day Parade can apply for tickets from 23 May to 4 June via SMS, the NDP website or SAM and AXS stations islandwide.
The theme song for this year’s National Day Parade (NDP) was unveiled on Wednesday (17 May), along with the logo and concept for Singapore’s 52nd birthday. Titled “Because It’s Singapore”, the song was produced by singer Jay Lim and composer Lee Wei Song. Lim said that he had drawn inspiration from his family and his gratefulness to being in Singapore, calling it a “great honour” to pen the NDP theme song.