28th SEA Games opening ceremony set to break record

28th SEA Games opening ceremony set to break record

SINGAPORE - The 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games has set its sights on breaking records with an opening show on Jun 5.

With the largest high-definition floor projection created by 160 multimedia projectors, the opening show will be one large extravaganza in the National Stadium.

It is also the most technically-demanding show to date as there will be an extensive aerial system that will enable performers and props to 'fly' in a stadium for the first time in Singapore.

Members of the audience will be given a medallion to wear and collectively form a giant LED video screen as part of the show. There will also be about 5,000 performers and volunteers as well as 3,500 soldiers supporting the event.

Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chairman of the executive committee of the games' organising committee, said: "It is our turn to host the SEA Games after 22 years and it will happen during Singapore's Golden Jubilee. The occasion calls for a fitting celebration; one that will bring communities together and invoke a sense of pride and ownership in Singaporeans.

"We are pleased to have the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and various volunteer groups contribute to the SG50 celebrations by partnering us through the Ceremonies."

Chief Artillery Officer COL Lawrence Lim said: "We look forward to harnessing the energies and capacities of these diverse groups of individuals and making their participation a meaningful and memorable journey."

The volunteers include those from Deloitte Singapore, Eurasian Association of Singapore, HeartWare Network, Martial House, the Ministry of Education, Nanyang Polytechnic, Nanyang Technological University, People’s Association Youth Movement, SAF Military Band, the SAF Music and Drama Company, SAF Silent Precision Drill Squad, Singapore Dikir Barat Federation, Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society, Singapore Police Force Band and Singapore SOKA Association.

Ms Chia-Richmond, Creative Director in the executive committee, said: "The 28th Southeast Asian Games will be a proud moment for us, as it will see the coming together of people from 11 different South-east Asian nations. SEA is close in proximity, but very diverse in cultures.

"This region is full of extraordinary people and this inspired us in our quest to celebrate the spirit of the Games. The Ceremonies aim to truly demonstrate the 28th SEA Games theme to the region, and we hope that it will pave the way for everyone to celebrate triumph of the human spirit - be it in sport or daily life," she added.

Priority sale of tickets to the opening show for those who had registered their interest last year began today. For those who did not register their interest, they can still purchase their tickets to the opening ceremony from Jan 22 at 10am onwards.

Tickets are sold on a zonal basis and cost between $12 to $60 for the opening ceremony, and from $12 to $40 for the closing ceremony. Concession prices are available to students, senior citizens and full-time National Servicemen.

Sale of tickets to the competitions will commence in Feb 2015.

stephluo@sph.com.sg

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