Tuesday, December 8, 2009
千幅和平旗帜迎风招展 呼唤国人重视种族共识 Racial Harmony Can Be Achieved!!
The Starry Hope, a two-day event comprised “Flags of Peace Painting Exhibition” and “The Starry Hope Concert” organised by Concern & Care Society to promote racial harmony and world peace ended with much enthusiasm from the public.
The “Flags of Peace” event exhibiting more than a thousand flags painted by children from all over the world was held on 23 August 2009 at VivoCity Amphitheatre. More than a hundred children from 56 ethnic groups in China came to participate in this two-day event and also to celebrate the joy of racial harmony. The paintings which portrayed the children’s optimism, hope and dream captured the hearts of the public who came to view the exhibition.
“The numerous paintings displayed here today (painting exhibition) reflect the collective dream of children across the globe wishing for a world of peace. I am encouraged to see the young showing enthusiasm for this cause,” said Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports who graced the event as the guest-of-honour.
She also emphasised, “We can never take for granted the peace and harmony we have been enjoying. A single flashpoint such as a terrorist attack can easily fracture our society. We need to continuously remind ourselves – and our young – of the importance of racial and religious harmony as a foundation for social stability.”
Students from Chongfu Primary School, Eunos Chinese Dance Group, Greenridge Secondary School, Nanyang Girls’ High School, National Junior College and the China Dandelion Art Troupe of Youth entertained the guests with their unique performances of art and culture.
Flags That Fluttered Hearts
More than a hundred children from China came to experience and witness racial harmony in Singapore. Through “The Starry Hope” two-day event, they were able to interact with fellow Singaporeans. A 50-square meter flag symbolising one united heart to maintain peace and harmony and togetherness was laid out on the ground at VivoCity Amphitheatre. Together with the multi-racial participants from Singapore, the children painted the flag. Members of the public were also invited to paint the flag as a gesture of celebrating racial harmony.
Liu Zhong Zhao, a student from Dalian, China said, “Singapore is a very beautiful country. I can see flowers and trees all around and it is heartfelt to see all the major races – Indian, Malay, Chinese and Eurasian – all live harmoniously together.”
Mdm Fan Chong Yan, President of China Association for Promoting Children’s Culture and Art expressed, “The Chinese students who are the minority of China come from the south and the north. We are here to learn and share about the idea of peace and the hope that we will always live in a world full of love and peace.”
Chan Si Ming, a student from Nanyang Girls’ High School who performed for “The Starry Hope Concert” said with glee, “The most important theme that we really learn is world peace. It is very touching to see the work of children from all over the world who share the same vision and the same common hope.”
The Starry Hope Concert Mesmerised the Audience
Guests were entertained with cultural performance by the children from China at The Starry Hope Concert held in the Siew May Auditorium at Nanyang Girls’ High School on 24 August 2009. The winning team from Dalian, Zhejiang, Inner Mongolia, Beijing and Sichuan is the Pipa Ensemble, a four-stringed Chinese instrument. They played the famous song “Golden Snake Dance” which got the crowd clapping along with the rhythmic melody.
Students from Nanyang Girls’ High School dance group performed two dance items – a Chinese ethnic dance and a modern dance. The Chinese dance reflected a full demonstration of soft romantic sentiments whereas the modern dance delivered a strong choreography and youthful spirit.
Overall, the audience walked away mesmerised by the various beautiful performance. It was indeed an evening of colourful cultural dances and music.