Buskers to bring festive cheer to MRT stations, bus interchanges

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There will be live music and other performances at selected MRT stations and bus interchanges from now till Christmas Eve.

Rail operator SMRT has scheduled performances at major bus interchanges and stations across the East-West, North-South and Circle Lines to spread the festive cheer.

The performances started on Monday at Orchard and Jurong East MRT stations.

Buskers entertained a lunchtime crowd outside Bugis MRT station's East-West Line exit yesterday, performing festive songs such as Silver Bells, Let It Snow and some Mandopop and Malay tunes.

It is the first time that SMRT has scheduled performances at MRT stations and bus interchanges in the lead-up to Christmas.

"It's much more lively with the music and performances. It's quiet on most days," said Miss Fateha Yunos, 27, an assistant station manager at Bugis MRT station.

Besides the performances, Christmas-themed stickers will be given out by 4,500 frontline SMRT staff and over 200 staff volunteers. To add to the festive mood, all SMRT passenger service centres have been decorated with special Christmas decals as well.

Ms Dawn Low, project chair of the SMRT festive cheer committee and managing director (commercial), said: "This festive cheer initiative is a joint effort across all our staff from trains, buses, taxis to come out and greet commuters at various MRT stations and bus interchanges."

At Bugis MRT yesterday, people stopped to enjoy the music or take videos of the buskers.

Ms Cheri Wu, 37, a banker, said: "It's a good initiative, it really brightens up the station. They should do this more."

She stopped to watch busking duo Ang Cheng Wei and Er Young Yee, both 25, who call themselves The Unemployed. The duo, who have been friends since junior college, performed English, Mandarin and Malay tunes.