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NDP 2021 to be held at five locations, including the Float@Marina Bay

About 1,200 performers will take part in this year’s NDP, which includes pre-recorded performances.

Brandon Leong

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Published: 18 August 2021, 7:42 PM

This year’s National Day Parade will take place at five different locations, with 1,200 performers taking part. 

About 600 performers will take the stage at the Float @ Marina Bay for this Saturday’s (Aug 21) show segment. 

The performers will also include singer-songwriter Benjamin Kheng and Sezairi Sezaili. Acclaimed film-maker Boo Junfeng reprises his role as creative director at this year’s NDP, after directing the parade in 2018. 

For the first time, the parade will feature augmented reality and animation.

The four act-show is designed for audiences to watch from their homes, said the committee. 

Through old and new stories of Singaporeans, the four-act show will highlight the Singapore spirit and how these people remained resilient despite the challenges each generation has faced.

Live performances at the platform and animated short films will be interwoven throughout the show. 

This will be blended with pre-recorded performances in four satellite sites at Jewel Changi Airport, the National University of Singapore, Marina Barrage and Yio Chu Kang Stadium, to reduce physical contact among the performers. 

For the first time, the parade will feature augmented reality and animation.

Three new songs will be performed, including this year’s theme song The Road Ahead by singers Linying, Sezairi Sezali, Shabir Tabare Alam and Shye-Anne Brown.

The show will be hosted by Joakim Gomez, Eswari Gunasagar, Fauzie Laily, and Patricia Mok and divided into four acts: highlighting the hopes and aspirations, challenges, strength within and strength.

Areas around the Float@Marina Bay will be closed to the public from 11am to 11.59pm on Saturday. This includes the Helix Bridge, Marina Barrage and Esplanade Park as part of COVID-19 safe distancing measures and as a precaution after the large crowd gatherings in July during the rehearsals. 

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