Parade and party at SEA Games closing ceremony

Parade and party at SEA Games closing ceremony
The Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC) goes through the highlights of and inspirations behind the biennial meet's closing ceremony, which will be held at the National Stadium. SINGSOC will also unveil the official 28th SEA Games medals at the event.

SPECTATORS at the SEA Games' closing ceremony will be treated to a snazzy cocktail of past, present and future, as the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (Singsoc) revealed its plans for the June 16 event yesterday.

A Parade of Stamps, featuring iconic postage stamps through the years to showcase Singapore's history and heritage, will be followed by a party with music spun by a deejay - in a "flying saucer".

These will take place along with traditional items like the athletes' march-past, the extinguishing of the Games' flame and the handover of the SEA Games Federation flag to the next host, Malaysia.

Singsoc opening and closing ceremonies (OCC) chairman Lawrence Lim said the stamps parade would dovetail nicely with the build-up of national fervour and pride leading up to the National Day Parade on Aug 9.

He added that preparations for the OCC are on track.

As for the party, OCC creative director Beatrice Chia-Richmond said: "We found that, by the time it comes to the closing ceremony, what everybody wants is a jolly good time. They want to have an opportunity to let their hair down and celebrate."

Artists set to perform at the event, to be held at the National Stadium, include renowned Dutch DJ Ferry Corsten and local musicians such as The Steve McQueens, The Sam Willows and Tay Kewei.

The SEA Games victory medals were also unveiled yesterday. These are the brainchild of local designer Joys Tan, 29.

Spectators at the closing ceremony will also walk away with a commemorative SEA Games Supporters' Medallion, modelled after the meet's gold medal. Singsoc executive committee chairman Lim Teck Yin revealed that 75 per cent of tickets to the closing ceremony have been snapped up.

He also gave an update on floorball, which was in danger of being left out altogether as it did not meet the minimum number of four National Olympic Committees. He said men's floorball would be contested, while he is "quietly optimistic" that the women's competition will get the go-ahead eventually.

This article was first published on April 28, 2015.
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