Superyachts are still likely to be the main attraction at this year's Singapore Yacht Show, but visitors can also indulge their love of art, fashion and four-wheelers.
To improve the experience for visitors, organisers have come up with a more diverse programme for the annual show, which will run over four days next week at One Degree 15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove.
Among one of the new programmes is an art, jewellery and watch auction.
Up for grabs are more than 30 paintings - starting from $1,900 each - by artists such as Singaporean Andre Tan who specialises in pop art and veteran local artist Aw Tee Hong. Art-lovers can also bid for sculptures and ceramics.
Also going under the gavel are 24 jewellery pieces (starting from $2,500) and 20 timepieces (starting from $1,200) from brands such as Italian hand-made jewellery label Margherita Burgener and Swiss luxury watch brand Patek Philippe.
It is the first time the auction's organiser, online auction house Lucanna, is participating in the Singapore Yacht Show, which is in its fifth year and is expected to draw more than 16,000 visitors. It drew 14,000 last year.
Visitors do not have to pay or buy a pass to the show to view or take part in the auction, which takes place on April 25. Auction experts will also guide visitors through the lots and offer advice onsite.
Mr Wong U-Yun, managing director of Lucanna, feels the auction is a good fit at the Singapore Yacht Show as the show is "re-positioning itself to provide a family-oriented and carnival experience for visitors".
For those who are sartorially inclined, there will be daily fashion shows featuring spring and summer outfits by regional and international brands. Fashionistas can even indulge in a spot of shopping.
The fashion shows, organised by One Degree 15 Marina Club, starts from 6.30pm and are open to non-ticket holders as well.
Car enthusiasts would be chuffed to know that a supercar rendezvous, featuring luxury brands such as Lamborghini, will take place at 3pm on April 25 and 26.
Of course, the main draw for visitors is still the luxury yachts on display. There will be at least 120 boats by 150 exhibitors at the show, including superyacht builders Gulf Craft and Spirit Yachts. Superyachts are roughly defined as being more than 24m long, which is the length of a tennis court.
On the more diverse programming, Mr Andy Treadwell, managing director of Singapore Yacht Show, says: "Top quality yachts and boats built around the world will always remain our focus, but we also understand the value to our visitors in adding complementary lifestyle elements, products and services."
There will also be parties galore for visitors, with live music performances at Boaters' Bar, a floating bar within the club, culminating in a White-Out Party for pass-holders on the last day where visitors are encouraged to dress in white.
To cap the show, Woobar at W Hotel in Sentosa Cove will host the official afterparty on April 25, with international groovemeisters such as British DJ Scarlett Etienne on the decks. The party is open to non-pass-holders.
Mr Matthew Fleming, 44, a consultant at a forensic services company, was at the Singapore Yacht Show last year and has bought a ticket this year.
The Singapore permanent resident, who hails from Australia, is looking forward to checking out the Anastasia, a 75.5m-long yacht, with his children, aged four and seven.
Built by shipyard Oceanco, it will be the largest pleasure cruise on display at the show.
Mr Fleming says: "It's like a big toy shop for my kids. I go there to live the dream, at least for one day."
SINGAPORE YACHT SHOW
Where: One Degree 15 Marina Club, 01-01 Sentosa Cove, 11 Cove Drive
When: Thursday to April 26, 1 to 9pm from Thursday to Saturday; 1 to 8pm on Sunday. Supercar rendezvous at 3pm on April 25 and 26. Fashion parades at 6.30pm every day
Admission: $48 for single-day entry, $18 for children aged five to 16; $148 for multi-day entry, $48 for child
FINE ART & EXQUISITE LUXURIA AUCTION
Where: Viewing at Constellation Ballroom I, One Degree 15 Marina Club; auction at Constellation Ballroom II
When: Public viewing: April 24, 10am to 8pm; April 25, 10am to 3pm; Auction:April 25, 4 to 6pm
OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY
Where: Woobar, W Hotel, 21 Ocean Way
When: April 25, 9.30pm till late
Admission: Free, but visitors are encouraged to book tables. Call 6808-7258 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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