An Extra•Ordinary Celebration 2019 was successfully held on 8 and 9 November 2019. Within the University Cultural Centre Hall in National University Singapore over the two days, we managed to bring together more than 900 performers, 5,000 in the audience, and nearly 13,000 online viewers through the live streams on our Facebook page.
Themed “Home, Heart and Hope”, the event celebrated the artistic abilities of the performers who took to the stage in 24 inclusive teams made up of diverse members from 31 Special Education and mainstream schools, as well as 10 partnering organisations, fully demonstrating the inclusive spirit of the event and the quality of arts training in our educational institutions. Each show was graced by a different Guest-of-Honour, namely Ms Indranee Rajah, Second Minister for Education; Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs; Mr Sam Tan, Minister of State for Social and Family Development; and Mdm Halimah Yacob, President of The Republic of Singapore. We also had the honour of His Excellency Joseph Del Mar Yap, the Ambassador of the Republic of The Philippines to Singapore to grace our second show.
Local performers were joined by guest performers from overseas, including Fun Forest Deaf Dance Crew presented by Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong, The Heart at Play Foundation from the Philippines, and G Star from Gigi Art of Dance in Indonesia.
On 10 November 2018, Extra•Ordinary People presented An Extra•Ordinary Celebration at Resorts World Theatre; a first-of-its-kind effort to celebrate inclusivity and appreciate parents and educators in the special needs community, with the support of Official Venue Partner Resorts World Sentosa.
Extra•Ordinary People was delighted to have Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary-General of National Trades Union Congress, grace the event as Guest of Honour. The event is Singapore’s largest inclusive concert, featuring more than 500 differently abled performers, made up of 15 inclusive teams of students from Special Education (SPED) schools partnering with mainstream schools or organisations. A robust 90-minute stage programme of varying art forms such as aikido, circus arts, Latin dance and handchimes was showcased.
An Extra•Ordinary Celebration was a true celebration of inclusivity, with performers sitting among the 1,400-strong audience, enjoying the concert alongside parents, educators and invited guests. It was the culmination of more than three months of rehearsals, with various schools and groups coming together to co-create their performance items. The process provided opportunities for partnering teams to interact and get to know one another, contributing to the shaping of an inclusive attitude.
Extra•Ordinary People would like to extend our appreciation to our partners: Resorts World Sentosa, BNP Paribas, Cartoon Network Wave, IceInc and Tropic Planners & Landscape, all the participating schools and organisations, and all other parties and volunteers who helped to make An Extra•Ordinary Celebration such a resounding success!