Singapore recently marked the country’s 50th Anniversary - SG50 - with flamboyant celebrations all across the island, culminating in a special National Day Parade (NDP) in the Padang, right in the heart of the city.
The NDP show was attended by the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan, several international heads of state, politicians, dignitaries, a host of VIPs plus 60,000 members of the public. It was also broadcast live on national TV, beamed across Asia and streamed locally to giant LED screens in several key locations around Singapore.
Lighting for the multimedia SG50 NDP show - directed by Dick Lee - was designed by Javier Tan, and the equipment – including 350 x Robe BMFL Blades – delivered by Showtec Communications Pte Ltd., which recently purchased over 700 BMFL fixtures.
The BMFL Blades were positioned on all four sides of the NDP venue, constructed specially for the SG50 event, rigged on the top rail of trussing gantries towering above the back of the four grandstands. They were used for all the key lighting of performers spread out across the 120m x 90m performance space, which was covered in Teraplast.
The throw distance was between 60m and 80m around the show ground, while a 360-degree LED screen hung above the top layer of seating, circling the arena and producing a massive amount of ambient light. This meant the BMFL Blades had to really cut through. In addition to their intensity and power, Tan also needed precise shuttering to ensure that lighting was confined neatly to the areas, people and objects it was illuminating, with no spillage or mess.
“There was no other fixture available with the brightness or the versatility and amount of features,” he commented, adding that he was delighted with the results.
Javier’s starting point for the lighting design was the format of the NDP which included around 10,000 performers, dancers, school, youth and community groups, special guest singers and massed displays by the Singapore Armed Forces, Police and the Civil Defence Forces, an 170-vehicle military column, plus several fly-pasts including Singapore Airlines, an aerial ‘bomb burst’ by the Black Knights display team and Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) F-16 fighter jets in a breath-taking “50” formation.
The ‘show’ – the final section of the NDP – was an energetic journey through Singapore’s history and culture, highlighting its multiculturalism, aspirations, community, key people, and growth into the strategic and commercial powerhouse it is today.
To view more photos from the event, click here.