The 10-day Singapore GP Season kicks-off
today, packed with a spread of quality events to drive up the
adrenaline during the world’s only Formula One night race.
“More than just a race, the Singapore
Formula One experience is an
entire lifestyle experience encompassing parties and concerts,
shopping, dining and other treats catering to a range of personal
preferences. Last year, visitors to the race stayed up to two days
more than the average visitor. They also spent twice as much on
shopping and three times as much on food and beverage,” said Ms
Lynette Pang, Director of Entertainment Sports & Arts at the STB.
“This year, Formula One ticket holders will enjoy additional
privileges. The STB has worked with various retail and dining
establishments to introduce attractive perks during the Season,
with local attractions joining in for the first time.”
these perks include retail and F&B promotions at participating
establishments, free entry to six National Heritage Board museums
like 8Q sam, Asian Civilisations Museum, National Museum of
Singapore, Peranakan Museum, Singapore Art Museum and Singapore
Philatelic Museum, special promotional prices for attractions like
the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park, Sentosa,
Singapore Flyer, entry discounts to the Chinatown Heritage Centre,
and free rides on the One City Three Festivals open-top
sightseeing bus offering a bird’s eye view of the Chinatown,
Little India and Kampong Glam street light- ups.
be seen all over the city with Orchard Road, Marina Bay and the
three ethnic precincts - Chinatown, Geylang Serai and Little India
- all decked out to the nines, celebrating with themed
décor or cultural light-ups.
For the first time this year, even
the Singapore River is dressed for the occasion. Located just next
to the Marina Bay circuit track, the river will be decked out to
commemorate the race with Singapore GP Season banners, chequered
flags, and large format prints along the underpasses, highlighting
the many exciting nightlife activities and promotions and to draw
in the crowds to revel in the buzz and excitement at the river
during the Singapore GP Season.
At the heart of the race action, Marina Bay shopping
malls have stepped up their in-mall promotions and race-related
activities. Marina Square and Millenia Walk will be holding race
car simulator challenges where the winning shopper will walk away
with attractive prizes and limited edition goodies. Race fans can
enjoy a spot of late night shopping as Marina Square extends its
shopping hours till midnight on race nights.
For the first
time, shoppers can be guided by the handy ‘The Marina Bay
Connector’, produced by Marina Bay establishments. The guide will
provide information on the above- and under-ground pedestrian
access options to the Marina Bay area during the race period,
shuttle services and in-mall deals and promotions. Some 300,000
guides will be available from 18 September at the Singapore
Visitor Centres, shopping malls and hotels at Marina Bay.
Stereolab, located at the
Pan Pacific Singapore, Marina Square, is set
to host the worldwide debut of The Official Formula 1 Lounge this
year, the after-party destination for track stars, drivers and
The first Official Lounge in the
history of the Grand Prix, this inaugural party is hosted by
Tamara Ecclestone, Sky Sports Italia presenter and daughter of Bernie Ecclestone. Entertainment will be provided by
superstar DJ Jean Claude Ades, alongside Stereolab resident DJs
Todd Omotani (Canada), Stephen Day (UK) and Brendon P.
around the corner, the Singapore River looks set to become a favourite watering hole for pre and post-race parties and
gatherings. KinestAsia at Timbre@Arts House will feature Asian
beers and performances by renowned Asian musicians including “King
of Blues Guitar” Gugun from Indonesia, Transitions from the
Philippines, Trevor Jalla from Malaysia and
Singapore’s “King of Swing” Jeremy Monteiro. The latter will be
collaborating with Hong from Thailand for the first time.
Quay, American jazz trumpeter Greg Glassman plays at Jazz@Southbridge with local jazz musicians Andrew, Boon and Weixiang. Clarke Quay’s Johnny Walker’s Black Lounge Experience
will see former Formula One racing champion Mika Häkkinen
unveiling the Johnnie Walker Designated Super Car display. Whisky
connoisseurs can savour their drink while enjoying live music
Along Orchard Road, the Orchard Road Business
Association and its members are enticing shoppers with great
shopping, food, art and entertainment. Shoppers who spend at least
Sin$80 will receive a limited edition Singapore GP Season umbrella.
Formula One ticket holders need only spend just Sin$60.
Participating Orchard Road malls include The CentrePoint, ION
Orchard, Orchard Central, Paragon, TANGS Orchard, Takashimaya
Shopping Centre and Wisma Atria.
Alongside outdoor art and
photography exhibitions taking place, such as Britto in Singapore
and The First Night Race Outdoor Photo Exhibition by Paul-Henri
Cahier, shoppers will also enjoy scheduled street entertainment
provided by local bands and music talents at the Urban Green Room
in front of Wisma Atria, as well as roving cultural performances,
adding even more buzz to the street and revving up the excitement
to the race weekend.
These new Singapore GP Season events join
many other quality lifestyle and entertainment events already
lined-up for the Formula One race period, such as Asia On The
Edge, Living in Style International 2009, An Evening with Il Divo,
F1 ROCKS Singapore, Amber Lounge and Indochine Festival.
such a great line-up of lifestyle offerings, the Singapore GP
Season is set to pump up everyone’s Formula One race experience
with Singapore’s unique formula for fun, making September a month
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