TEXT BY PAMELA HO
Published on 26 May 2015
Sing a Song of Singapore
What inspired Dick Lee to write this year’s NDP 2015 theme song?
What is singer-songwriter Dick Lee’s favourite line from this year’s National Day Parade (NDP) theme song? “ ‘And amazing as it seems, it all started with a dream’,” declares Lee, creative director of NDP 2015 and composer of its theme song, ‘Our Singapore’.
“I wrote four different songs before this one appeared. I was looking at all the SG50 plans and I realised there was a lot of focus on the past and not enough about the future. So I thought, why don’t I write a song about the next step and what’s to come? The lyrics are about the Singapore we built, and how it all started with a dream,” he explains.
How worried is he about Singaporeans’ reaction to the song? “I’m terrified!” he admits. “This year especially, it’s a big deal because I have a feeling people may see this as a representative SG50 song. I want to stress that this is an NDP 2015 theme song, but I can’t help it if people want to look at it as the song for SG50. I’d be honoured if they did.”
Fan the Flame
Art and sports meet with the creation of 30 public art installations for the SEA Games.
In addition to the creative team behind the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games’ Opening and Closing Ceremonies (which boasts the Who’s Who of Singapore’s creative community), visual artists and sculptors have also entered the arena where sports and art collide.
As part of the Torch Up! Programme, 30 art installations have been unveiled at different public spaces in Singapore in the lead-up to the eventual torch ceremony and launch of the SEA Games on 5 June. Called The Living! Project, it is conceived by Allan Lim and Kenny Eng together with Singapore sculptor, Sun Yu-Li.
Known as Community Torches, these installations, the creations of visual artists such as Sun I-Yu, Karen Mitchell, Nic Ong, Amanda Lim and Tay Swee Song, can be viewed along Orchard Road (outside ION Orchard, Wisma Atria, Takashimaya), Bras Basah (at Cathay Green and outside Singapore Art Museum), as well as Sports Hub and Marina Bay from mid-May.
To find out more about the SEA Games Torch Up! Programme, visit https://torchup.tly.sg