SINGAPORE - More than 3,700 student performers and athletes will take part in Youth Day celebrations this year to mark Singapore's 50th year of independence.
Themed "celebrating diverse talents, creating shared memories and looking forward in confidence," the Youth Celebrate! event will take place on July 26.
It will also mark the official opening of the Singapore Sports Hub.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be the guest-of-honour at the event organised by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY).
This will be the first time that the new National Stadium will host a joint sports and arts event for over an audience of over 53,000 people.
Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, said that the event will be one of the biggest events MOE has ever organised for students to "showcase their diverse talents in sports, arts and mass performances".
Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Communications and Information revealed that the Singapore Sports Hub will also take the opportunity to celebrate its first year of operations with a slew of events for the community over two months.
"The future of Singapore lies with our youth, and we want to give them every opportunity to turn their dreams into reality," he said.
"I hope that the Singapore Sports Hub will be a place where our youth shine in their sporting pursuits, break new ground for Singapore, and create shared memories which will bond us as Singaporeans."
PM Lee will be sealing a Time Capsule that will contain a repository of items symbolic of the nation's sporting aspirations.
During the Youth Day celebrations, students will attempt to set two records in the Singapore Book of Records; one for the largest floating Singapore flag involving 486 swimmers, and one for the most number of laps swum in one hour.
A band of over 400 members from various schools across Singapore will also perform at the event.