Singapore

Usher in 2019 with fireworks musical and more

A fireworks musical from Japan will make its debut on Dec 31 at The Float @ Marina Bay, an hour-long show that will include Taiko drummers, dancers, fire performers and dazzling light displays.

The musical, titled Star Island Singapore Countdown Edition, will be staged by Japanese entertainment conglomerate Avex Group. This is the first time the Star Island extravaganza will be presented outside Japan.

LED WRISTBANDS

Besides performances on stage, members of the audience will find themselves part of the action with individual LED wristbands that light up in synchronicity with the various show elements.

There will also be roving performances, food and drinks stalls from 5pm when doors open, and an after-party until 2am for revellers to dance their way into the next year.

Tickets to Star Island (www.star-island.sg) priced from $38 to $78 are still available.

There are many other performances to help usher in the New Year, such as Mediacorp's Let's Celebrate 2019 countdown concert at The Promontory, which will be free for the first time.

Artists such as Taufik Batisah, Gentle Bones, Joanna Dong and Sufi Rashid will perform, while Joel Choo, Pierre Png, Sheila Sim and Romeo Tan will model clothing by local designers. The show starts at 7pm and will be hosted by Chua En Lai and Sonia Chew.

Over at the Esplanade, revellers can groove to the tunes of local singer Nick Zavior, samba and batucada beats by Bloco Singapura and a fusion of percussion and eclectic music by NovoBloco.

The adjacent Civic District will go car-free once again, with various free activities such as a sustainability-focused craft market at The Incubator at Esplanade Park, salsa dancing at the Asian Civilisations Museum and workouts by the Health Promotion Board along St Andrew's Road and The Cenotaph.

St Andrew's Road, part of Fullerton Road and the stretch of Connaught Drive between Esplanade Park and The Padang will be closed to traffic from 4pm on Dec 31 until 5am the next morning.

For more information, go to www.marinabaycountdown.sg - THE STRAITS TIMES

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