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Work culture in Singapore used to be all about that stable 9 to 5 office job. You’re either white-collared or blue-collared. Everyone aspires to be a professional, be it doctor or lawyer. Aspire to be anything else, and you’ll be laughed at.

Fast forward to 2016, with the rise of technology, the Internet, and social media, there’s a new definition of ‘work’, ‘job’ and ‘occupation’. Over the years, with more space and room for artistic expression, we’ve seen the rise of a bunch of extremely creative workers and youths. They’re breaking old structures and redefining their own future.

Image source: Dakwah Remaja
Image source: Dakwah Remaja

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing.” – Pelé

A hobby is no longer just a hobby. What you enjoy doing – doodling, dancing, or even dressing up – can be a legit career with a stable source of income. The best part of all, you’ll not be trapped in a cubicle for a fixed amount of time every day.

Being young is about exploring your passion, feeling invincible and empowered. And by invincible, we mean taking over Orchard Road for a 3-day weekend festival kind of invincible!

SHINE Festival – an avenue for you to pursue your passion

The biggest street celebration of passion, dreams and talents, SHINE Festival features 5 pillars – Music & Dance, Pop Culture, Interactive Media, Urban Art, and Urban Sports. Viral YouTube videos, graffiti, 360 videos, and parkour are just some of the exciting highlights you’ll find at the Festival! Come be part of the perfect stage for you to pursue your passion.

Realising aspirations at SHINE Festival’s Talent Development Programme (TDP)

Image source: Ashton Movements Agency
Image source: Ashton Movements Agency

“Do different activities, get exposed to more communities and take up self-improvement courses. Eventually, you’ll find your passion.”- Ashton Movements Agency

For SHINE’s Talent Development Programme, 96 recruited youth mentees were paired with reputable mentors such as ShiGGa Shay, Charlie Lim, Chris Chai and Butterworks. These mentors – the cream of the crop in their respective fields, worked closely with their mentees and guided them through the entire process of creation, production, or performance. They provided invaluable advice and honed the mentees’ skills and talents.

These diligent mentees are on track to realising their aspirations, and they’re all coming together from 1st to 3rd July to realise and showcase their potential during SHINE Festival’s showcase.

Take the step to realise your dreams

Through the SHINE Festival, many youths have taken the step to realising their dreams, what about you? If exploring your passion, dreams, and talent is your thing, come and be a part of SHINE Festival! It’s never too late to chase your dreams.

The biggest Youth Celebration of the year takes place from 1st to 3rd July. There’s something for everyone! Get involved, and pursue your passions and talents at SHINE Festival 2016!

“You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

There’ll be sharing sessions by inspirational mentors and renowned experts. Attend these informative sessions and learn from only the best as they share their journey towards achieving their dreams.

Here are some of the not-to-be-missed sharing sessions:

Becoming an independent Musician Sharing Session

Image source: Inch Chua, Peter Huang, Nicholas Chim
Image source: Inch Chua, Peter Huang, Nicholas Chim

If you’re an aspiring singer who doesn’t know where or how to kick-start your career, here’s something that’ll interest you! Come and hear it from Inch Chua, Peter Huang and Nicholas Chim as they talk about becoming DIY Musicians.

Hear about their experiences performing around the world, and get tips on how you can establish yourself as an independent musician, like them.

Becoming an Independent Musician
Date: 2 July 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Venue: *SCAPE Talent Hub, Gallery

Click here to sign up for the session

Wanna be a YouTuber? This could be your first step!

“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your limited imagination.”- Mae Jemison

Join witty YouTubers Tree Potatoes (347k subscribers) and Butterworks (41k subscribers) who will showcase their collaboration with their mentees. Be blown away as they wow you with their talent and passion.

Image source: TreePotatoes
Image source: Tree Potatoes

Wanna become a famous YouTuber? Tree Potatoes and Butterworks will also be conducting a sharing session, so do attend the session and you might be on your way to becoming one!

“Go out there and make films. You’ll never be ready if you don’t go out, shoot films and make mistakes.”- TreePotatoes

Pop Culture TDP Mentee Showcase & Mentor Sharing Session
Date: 3 July 2016
Time: 7:15pm- 8:00pm (Butterworks), 8:30pm-9:15pm (TreePotatoes)
Venue: *SCAPE Talent Hub, Gallery

Seats are running out fast! Click here to sign up!

Journey to producing film

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Singaporean Filmmaker, Boo Junfeng, produced the first Singaporean film – Sandcastle, to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival. What’s more surprising is that the film is his debut feature film! Only 32, the Singapore Youth Award 2012 recipient’s track record is impressive and inspirational.

If film is your thing, you’re in luck as there’s a sharing and film screening session with Boo. For this session, Boo will share valuable tips, insights and experiences. Don’t miss this chance to learn from one of Singapore’s most renowned directors!

7 Letters Film Screening & Sharing Session by Boo Junfeng
Date: 1 July 2016
Time: 7:30pm- 9:30pm
Venue: *SCAPE Talent Hub, Gallery

Seats are running out fast! Click here to sign up!

A world of Urban Art – try your hand at Silk screening and Marble Art

Image source: YouTube
Image source: YouTube

Always wondered what silk screening is all about? Just head down to the silk screening station and give it a go! You’ll learn to burn and print your chosen design (a wide range is available!) onto a screen and cloth.

Image source: YouTube
Image source: YouTube

If you’d like to try something more quirky, get crafty with marbling art! Not sure what that’s about? In short, it’s a method that allows you to produce beautiful patterns similar to smooth marble. Let your creativity flow, you’ll never know what you can come up with!

Available from 1st – 3rd July
Time: 12:00pm-10:00pm
Venue: Between Wisma Atria and Ngee Ann City, Civic Plaza

Don’t miss this opportunity to define your own future

“Trust your instincts and be bold about following your dreams.”- ShiGGa Shay

Be blown away by the 96 youth mentees, discover your hidden talent, or find your life’s purpose, SHINE Festival will help you think big and dream big! It’s a must visit event, so grab your buddies, realise your dreams together, and conquer the world!

Take this step to create your future, one that is full of energy and passion, with like-minded youths. What better time than now?

Image source: Shine Festival
Image source: Shine Festival

Fun fact: Do you know that July is Singapore’s Youth Month and Youth Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of July?

SHINE Festival is also a kick-start to Youth Month – an entire month filled with exciting programmes and activities that will be held over the month for the Youths, by the Youths! Do look out for Stars of SHINE, as National Youth Council (NYC) goes on the hunt for the next youth inspiration!


Date: 1-3 July, 2016
Venue: Orchard Road, from Ion Orchard to *SCAPE Talent Hub

Find out more about SHINE Festival and highlights of the event on their Facebook Page. You can also stand a chance to win passes to 박재범 Jay Park (AOM)’s sharing session for the best dabbers. Be sure to come down to ‪#‎SHINEFest to chase your passion, ‪#‎YourNextStage is only a dab away.

It’s all about letting your creativity take the next stage. Hit us with your best dab in our dab challenge, and stand a chance to meet Jay Park! Here’s how –

  1. Post an Instavideo of yourself doing a dab while doing something you’re passionate about.
  2. Tell us why you are passionate about what you’re doing and hashtag ‪#‎YourNextStage ‪#‎SHINEFest.
  3. Challenge 2 other friends to better your dab by nominating them!
  4. Only 3 winners stand a chance to win passes to a sharing session by Jay Park on 3rd July, so best dabs only!
  5. Contest closes on 2nd July, so stay tuned for more deets!

This article is brought to you by Discover SG x National Youth Council.