NDP: Farewell, drifting platform, hello, National Stadium?

Arina Fedorova
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SINGAPORE – First developed as a momentary phase for the National Day Parade (NDP) in 2007, the Marina Bay floating platform hosted its last parade this year ahead of its improvement into the long-term NS Square.

But before this job is completed in 2026, Singaporeans might see the return of the renowned Kallang Wave to the National Arena.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen suggested in July that future NDPs might be held there after next year's edition at the Padang.

While the drifting platform is an unique venue, stated starlet and former NDP creative director Beatrice Chia-Richmond, the National Stadium provides a possibility for a more intimate program. When the NDP was held at the brand-new National Arena in 2016-the only

time it was held there- components such as the Red Lions parachute dives and the flying of the state flag close to the parade might not happen for security reasons. However the 55,000-strong crowd was treated to giant drifting props, indoor fireworks and a lit up stage that acted as a big canvas for spectacular mass screens. The distance in between the entertainers and audience is shorter and this makes for a much better

program, said Ms Chia-Richmond, who directed the show sections for

NDP 2011 at the floating platform and the 2016 edition at the National Stadium. However, the Red Lions, together with other aerial, military and naval aspects, in addition to fireworks-all NDP crowd favourites- might not work also at the National Arena, she stated. As for the drifting platform, Ms Chia-Richmond said:” I can't consider many venues worldwide that use a floating stage in a stunning bay with such a fantastic horizon behind it.”The Marina Bay horizon is currently an unique advantage as it provides a gorgeous background to the stage, with a bay for fireworks, a marine defence screen and great viewpoint for the

aerial displays. “However the stage there is a little too far from the audience and any efficiency can be seen clearly only on big LED screens, she said. Veteran musician and director Penis Lee, who has actually likewise directed shows at the drifting platform and the National Arena, along with the Padang, stated each of the three locations has a various character and significance. The drifting platform and Padang can each host 25,000 to 27,000 people for the yearly celebration. He stated: “The drifting platform is a spectacular and fitting tip of Singapore's success, the Padang has historical significance and official beauty, and the National Arena has its splendour and inclusivity.

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