Immersive Installation Explores SG Youths’ Vision For The Future: 5 Reasons To Check It Out

As millennials and Gen Z-ers, we love any stunning visual
installation that makes a great photo-op for our Instagram feed, but to call us
superficial would be wrong.

We’re also the same people who crave to go deep and talk
about the meaning of life, our hopes and dreams, and how we envision a better

A new roadshow called Spark
The Next: Youth Hangout
will let you do both. While it sets a dazzling
backdrop of swirling colours for the ‘gram, it’s also packed with many
insightful things to discover, based on topics that we care about.

Here’s why you should check it out.

Psychedelic Spaces Come Alive When You Step Inside

Spark The Next: Youth Hangout, installation about what the youths of Singapore envision for the future.
Image Credit: DiscoverSG

If your favourite installations are the kind you can
interact with, Spark The Next: Youth
will let you unapologetically be the ‘itchy-fingers’ your parents
used to call you.

Step inside the various installations, snoop around and
see what happens. Each of its psychedelic spaces isfilled with interactive elements — every action you take here
triggers a reaction that may just surprise you!

In fact, the installations quite literally won’t show you anything special unless you work with them. So go ahead and don’t hold back your curiosity!

Learn How Your Habits Can Make The World Around You Greener 

Many young Singaporeans are on board with the idea of
sustainability. But frankly, we know it’s going to take SO much more than just
metal straws to fix waste, pollution and climate change.

For the eco-conscious who want to know how they can do
their part, Room For Change will
show you where to look.

What do you do with your old phone when you upgrade to a
newer model? Did you know your fashion choices could be leaving a nasty trace
too? The good news is, switching to better habits can make a positive impact.

Explore this installation to find out how your little
changes can go a long way!

We Don’t Have To Hide What We’re Dealing With Inside

The Invisible Gallery installation at #SparkTheNext showcases unseen stories of struggles from real Singaporeans.
Image Credit: Spark The Next

We’re the generation that’s ready to stop shying away and
get real about mental health and many other complications of growing up. But it
isn’t always easy for these conversations to happen. When everyone constantly
tries to put their best ‘face’ forward, sometimes we don’t know who’s actually

The Invisible
shows you blank canvases at first, just like the way
emotional strife is often hidden beneath the surface. There’s a simple trick to
revealing what lies beneath. We won’t tell you how, but here’s a hint: your
handphone will help you out.

Once you find out what to do, you’ll start to see stories of struggles come to light. Prepare to have your heartstrings tugged as Singaporeans share about their personal experiences with mental health, addiction and other unseen struggles.

Find Out How Successful Singaporeans Were Once #YouthsLikeUs

Meet a young Fandi Ahmad and learn from his journey at the Youths Like Us installation, #SparkTheNext
Image Credit: DiscoverSG

Everyone could use a motivator now and then, to remind you that you’re doing great and to keep going towards your goals!

Who better to do that than fellow Singaporeans who have
been through the hustle and made their mark?

Youths-Like-Us lets you ‘meet’ Michelle Chong, Fandi Ahmad, MasterChef Asia finalist Lennard Yeong and Tanglin actress Eswari Gunasagar as their younger selves pursuing their passions, and they each have a few words to help motivate you along your own path to success.

Meet a young Michelle Chong to learn about her journey at the Youths Like Us installation, #SparkThe Next
Image Credit: DiscoverSG

Besides getting some nuggets of wisdom about how they made personal progress on their journey, you could also win exclusive workshops with each of the four personalities!

Free Entry To An Immersive Experience

The best part is that
Spark The Next: Youth Hangout
is completely free for anyone to enjoy. If
you’re tired of expensive outings with your friends or S/O, this makes for a
memorable activity you can try without spending a cent.

In fact, you can also look out for instructions at the
installation to redeem free bubble tea, and stand a chance to win mall vouchers!

You’ll definitely leave with something new learnt, and maybe even feel inspired to start a change IRL.

The installation will be hopping across a few locations around Singapore, including Plaza Singapura and Our Tampines Hub. You can catch it first at Jurong Point from 20 November!

Spark The Next: Youth Hangout
Location: Jurong Point
Date: 20 – 24 November 2019

Location: Plaza Singapura
Date: 27 November – 1 December 2019

Location: Our Tampines Hub
Date: 4 – 8 December 2019

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90s Kids, This Nostalgic Video From Butterworks Will Hit You Right In The Feels

Remember the things you used to do in school as kids? The fun times you had with your friends during recess, the way you would terrorize the teachers, the songs you used to sing in class?

Well, this video by Butterworks will bring ALL those memories back.

The YouTube channel has released yet another heartwarming hit with “想当年 The Songs We Used To Sing“.

The idea of the video is simple enough: guy is selling his guitar, guy reminisces the good times he’s had with his guitar, guy decides, nah, he’s keeping it after all. While reminiscing, the video launches into medley of familiar mandarin tunes many of us know by heart.

One after another, each song triggers its own memories, tempting you to sing along! I won’t say which songs feature in it, because that’ll just ruin the fun. You’ll have to watch it and see listen for yourself!

At the end, the video leaves us with a very simple truth: Some things just cannot be forgotten. We will always have those golden moments.

Also read, Blast From The Past: 7 Nostalgic Old-School Food Spots That Your Grandparents Dined At

These S’porean Youths Are Realising Their Dreams, What About You?

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.

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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

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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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?

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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
Facebook: 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.

While You Were Busy Sleeping, 300 Youths Did Their Part For OBS Project IsLand-A-Hand!

Debunking the myth that young Singaporeans lack idealism, more than 300 young volunteers lent their hands in various environmental conservation initiatives organized by Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) at Pulau Ubin and Coney Island earlier last weekend while all of us were still sleeping.

This is to commemorate the first death anniversary of Singapore’s founding father Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and honor his legacy of a clean and green Singapore.

These youths, aged between 15 and 35 years old proactively did their part for nature through reforestation, coastal and swamp cleanup, invasive weed clearing, flotsam fence maintenance, species survey and bird box construction. This is the second time OBS has organized this large-scale outdoor conservation classroom, with overwhelming participation.

To further encourage youths to appreciate the environment, OBS will also be opening its campus to the public for the first time for a series of March school holiday Nature Appreciation Programme.

A total of 11 workshops will be organized featuring activities such as nature treasure hunts, mangrove appreciation and nature photography to promote family bonding and a greater understanding of Pulau Ubin’s history, geography and ecology.

Members of public could register for the free workshops at which can be found on the OBS website.