Toto Tales Celebrates Singapore Independence Day 2011!

NDP 2011

Today, 9th August, is Singapore Independence Day and since 5 members of the team are from Singapore … it’s party time!

Over in Singapore, the whole country is alive with festivities, mainly focused around TheFloat@MarinaBay which is the world’s largest floating stage. (Have a look at it here)

Although TheFloat@MarinaBay only has seating for 27,000, there is extra seating for an astonishing 150,000 along the Marina Bay Waterfront.

Here in Edinburgh, we will be performing Under The Baobab Tree at 10am then living it large on the Royal Mile, flyering our wee butts off.

Then we get the party started.  At the moment, we only have plans for having a big meal over at the lovely flat in the South Side of Edinburgh.

If anybody has any good tips for good Singapore festivities in Edinburgh, do let us know.

Traditionally in Singapore, there is a large parade, called ‘National Day Parade 2011’.  It celebrates the contributions of the scouts and guides, trade unions, armed forces, artists, political and business communities and many, many other communities.  With music, ethnic dance like the mass Lion and Dragon dance displays, fireworks and a spectacular fly past, everybody feels really proud to be a Singaporean.

Singapore gained independence from Malaysia in 1965 and became a member of the Commonwealth the following year.

Check out this brilliant, and strangely moving video of the Official National Song, “In A Heart Beat” sung by local singer, Sylvia Ratonel.

You can share this with any of the Singapore community here in Edinburgh, UK or anywhere around the world.  Send it with love and best wishes from Toto Tales and the whole crew.

Alternatively, watch the irreverent, spoof version by Chua Enlai, called “Another Home”. It’s become an internet sensation with almost 200,000 hits on YouTube. Enjoy!

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About TotoTales

Toto Tales brings African stories to life through the arts. We find and create incredible, inspiring, heart warming, tragic, humorous stories from across Africa, and share them with a variety of audiences across the world. We collaborate with various artists and strive to produce high quality works that while simple are far from being simplistic.
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