Contributed By Low Shan Min
Over two Sundays on Jan. 17 and 24, members of CM2, a zone led by Leong Yan Chee, organized a Creative Cultural Festival. On each weekend, activities were held that catered to different age groups. The first Sunday was for youth, and the following Sunday for the adults.
Held in one of the function halls in Jurong West Stadium, the whole event saw more than 300 people thronging the venue to take part in the competitions and visit the exhibition booths. A plethora of services and products were offered and on display, from fashion consultancy to hair styling, even temporary tattoo drawing. There were booths that showcased floral arrangement, jewelry-making, handicrafts, as well as a health and fitness section which featured Chinese medicine.
|PHOTO: Vinc Ma and Alex Ho|
On the first weekend, there was much buzz and excitement as a group of young adults performed a hip-hop number for the opening act, followed by a newlyformed band from the Chinese Church, that played popular Chinese tunes as well as their original compositions. There was a short skit and a “30-second” talent search—where many undiscovered talents performed magic tricks, danced, played an instrument, sang, and performed an impersonation of Michael Jackson. Each performer only had 30 seconds to impress the judges. The organizers also selected individuals for a special makeover package, which included a catwalk down the fashion runway. There was also costume play—visitors could dress up as popular comic book and cartoon characters. In the second Sunday, the festival opened with a line dance performance, which many adult couples participated in, togged up in cowboy hats, jeans and scarves. The band then performed songs that were familiar with the older generation,
which included tunes from Teresa Teng. The program included a magic show, a beauty talk, a karaoke competition, a makeover fashion show and a cooking competition. The Chairman of Fei Yue Community Services, Lin Zhan Hui, was also present to give a talk. Special guest, Zhao Jing, a former comedian was there to host a program. He said, “I’ve never seen such an excited crowd; their friendly responses caught me by surprise!”
Joann Tan, chairperson of the organizing committee for the event said, “Many people may not be aware of their giftings, so we want to create a platform for them to recognize where their talents lie and use them to serve others.”
Christina Chow, one of the winners of the cooking competition, said, “I didn’t expect to win as I don’t normally cook a lot, so winning this competition was a pleasant surprise and a great encouragement!”