2020 marks Singapore’s 55th birthday. Every year the nation gathers for her biggest celebration, the National Day Parade. The presence of COVID-19 meant that the usual evening outdoor event of more than 30,000 people had to be cancelled. Yet from these limitations came forth creative expressions and fresh interpretations. The usual parade highlights were dispersed around the island with parachutists landing directly in neighbourhoods, members of parliament joining in their consituencies' virtual celebrations via video calls, and fireworks at 10 different estates.
The NDP 2020 Evening Show, held indoors at The Star Performing Arts Centre for the 1st time, sparkled in this new and intimate setting. It was themed around inspirational stories of frontline workers, COVID-19 patients, and enterprising Singaporeans during this pandemic. Directed by Royston Tan, many of Singapore's top artists across genres and races came together for a multi-cultural performance that has become a unique mark of this nation.
Here are 12 of the musical highlights, timestamped so you can jump straight into your favourite tracks. Click on the images to jump into the video.
1. Room at the table: Charlie Lim
2. Overture medley ft. Geylang Si Paku Geylang, One United People, Where I Belong, Singapura: John Lee, Umar Sirhan, Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai
3. Life in the Lion City: Hossan Leong, Rebecca Lim, Fariz Jabba, ShiGGa Shay, Fauzie Laily, Yung Raja, Mohamed Raffee, THELIONCITYBOY, Vernetta Lopez
4. Each Other: ABANGSAPAU with his mum
5. The Storm: Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai
6. Together: Abby Simone and Shabir
7. Stay with you: Stefanie Sun, JJ Lin, Heema Izzati Zainudin
8. Queenfisher: NAMIE
9. Everything I am: Nathan Hartono (NDP 2020 theme song)
10. Everyday heroes: Umar Sirhan (written by Dick Lee)
11. We will get there: Dick Lee, ABANGSAPAU, NAMIE, Umar Sirhan, Charlie Lim, Nathan Hartono, Shabir, Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai, Farhana Binte Ibrahim, John Lee, Heema Izzati
12. NDP Sing-Along: all artists, Joakim Gomez, Jaz Loh, Suthasini Rajenderan, Singaporean public virtual choir
Watch the full NDP 2020 Evening Show here:
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