Amoy Street Bloc Party is back this April 2017 with promises of more food, music and culture to the streets of Chinatown Singapore. A street festival curated by Spa Esprit Group, feast and celebrate together in style with well-loved food establishments, great music and lifestyle shops whilst soaking in the rich heritage of Amoy Street. Little tots from Citikids Academy will also join in the celebration with traditional Singaporean performance acts.
“Last year, we took a chance and organised a small party to welcome and celebrate the wonderful mix of prominent and award-winning F&B brands that recently moved into the area,” says Cynthia Chua, Founder & Managing Director, Spa Esprit Group. “The response was overwhelming, which led us to our decision to bring back the Amoy Street Bloc Party this year. We have created something extraordinary, and this event is a continuation of our efforts to celebrate and rejuvenate the unique heritage associated with this special part of town,”
The very first street party last year – New Kids on the Bloc – saw the streets of Amoy morph into a celebration of food, drinks, play and music, with more than 3,000 party goers. This year, the popular Amoy Street within the cultural epicentre of Singapore’s Chinatown and on the edge of Singapore’s CBD will once again be transformed into an invigorating car-free party zone filled with fun, food, drinks and activities for the entire community.
The Amoy Street Bloc Party is a project by Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Streets For People programme, which provides support for community-initiated projects that transform the streets of Singapore into meaningful public spaces for everyone.
This year event features various activities suited for the whole community – from keeping the ‘kampung’ spirit alive through well-loved Singapore heritage games to encouraging fit and healthy living through community multi-levelled yoga sessions by Yoga Movement and F45 athletic circuit sessions. For the musically inclined, come Salsa down Amoy Street with Dee Gerodias, SEA Games medallist and professional dance athlete, who will be on-site to give pointers for perfect those dance moves.
Yummy Street Food & Drinks!
Feast and celebrate in style with well-loved establishments on the block, including Ding Dong, boCHINChe, Employees Only, Le Binchotan, Burger Joint and Birds of a Feather! Savour signature dishes and cocktails (at discounted rates) which range from playful modern South-east Asian bites to hearty Argentine fare and local favourite wanton noodles, to stiff New York-style cocktails and frisky wines. Quench your thirst with Nakd Water, a super-soft artesian water drawn from one of the world’s deepest, oldest and purest water sources.
Adding to the festivities, 8M Real Estate will be giving away two-weekend staycations to lucky festival-goers at their latest project, BASE Residences, a new city-living concept in one of their converted shophouses at 31 Hongkong Street.
Music, Heritage Games & Exercises For All
In collaboration with Sunshine Nation, live performances and music acts, such as local selectors Chris D and Zig Zach, as well as headline performer UK electronic duo Maribou State will take place throughout the party at the main stage outdoors. Well known for their unique style of compelling and deeply soulful sounds, Maribou State will perform a DJ set – a magical musical journey bound to be etched in the memories of all for time to come. You will also witness special performances by local hip-hop sensation ShiGGa Shay’s break-dancers, who’ll be strutting their stuff to traditional music.
Paying homage to the colloquial name of the street, Free School Street, indulge in a spot of nostalgic school games such as chapteh and five stones. Partygoers of all ages can take a breather with life-sized garden games, such as giant twister, giant jenga and connect four. If you intend to work up a sweat, take part in an athletic circuit by F45, one of the Singapore’s fastest growing fitness studios. Proponents of green living can learn to plant an edible garden of your own under the guidance of Singapore’s very own urban farming collective, Edible Garden City.
Culture vultures may want to sign up for specially curated heritage trails by Geraldene’s Tours in the afternoon, or hop onto Singapore’s iconic rickshaw rides for sightseeing through the streets of Chinatown, and soak up the culture the city has to offer. Indulge in art and create your very own Amoy Street buntings to be put up along Amoy Street, with special colouring kits for both children and adults alike as part of the organiser’s efforts to encourage appreciation of the unique architecture along Amoy Street.
Amoy Street Bloc Party
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