TGIF for the win! Yes tonight is the night of YFest, which is organized by the Esplanade for youths, and of course the young at heart. So being hot blooded youths, how can we not grace this event?
Tired audit interns that the both of us are, we manage to leave the office on-the-dot (damn lucky we know!) to check out whatever that’s brewing at the theatres on the bay. OK admittedly, elson wasn’t too optimistic about the event initially. Ehh IMHO, the marketing is not exactly too targeted and does not set to differentiate itself from other run-of-the-mil events held at places like Scape, with the usual flea-market, skate boarding stuff, yada yada yada. But still, we had to give it a shot, and boy were we really really glad.
Upon arrival at the Esplanade, we were bombarded by a loud concert-like noise, and the honour goes to a group of performers on the stage who were performing a kind of dance called ‘popping’. We ain’t too familiar with dances, and hence would not be able to explain the nuances behind them, but do experience the dance and judge for yourselves. We have to admit that, given the large crowd and thundering applauses, it must’ve been good. Indeed a very good way to propagate the art of dancing!
Next up, we headed towards the area with lots of carnival tents (and this is where it really really really got us interested, INTERESTED!!! :DDD), the first stop for us was the ‘Swop Shop’. So what is this ‘Swop Shop’ thingy about? It turned out that it is actually a global movement. What you do is, bring down items you do not want, but are in workable conditions, and simply exchange them for any of the items displayed there. It was form of ‘free-cycling’, which is actually an aberration of ‘recycling’. This reduces the disposal of items and is actually a marvelous concept. Barter trading anyone? It is an impressive movement by this YFest, and a very noble and innovative one.
All the above available for ‘barter trade’ or rather ‘free-cycling’!
XL with Swop Shop lady! Thumbs up for the environment!
Next stop, guess what?! Another darn interesting concept! You see people writing stuff on cards around? The concept actually revolves around writing a card to our friends and the Esplanade will send it only a year after! So it’s like a you in 2012 writing to a friend in 2013, pretty awesome we feel! This concept purported by the YFest is to promote friendships; if we are still in contact with the friend, well, it serves to reinforce the friendship; and even if we were to lose contact, it serves to rekindle the friendship. Aww! What a sweet gesture! XL got so hyper about it that she did not hold her horses back and immediately plonked down onto a chair, and started writing! (Hint hint: We will both receive a letter one year on! WAHAHAHAH!)
How it works!
Cheapo XL smiling at the prospects of sending postcards for free!!!
elson writing his secret post!
XL writing her stuff!
Cute letter box!
Popping the letters in !
Yes and we deposit those letters into the uber cute chutes and get to see the letters only a year on! And oh, did we mention that the service is totally FOC! YES FREE OF CHARGE! (yes don’t have to pay admission charges, don’t have to pay for Swop Shop, don’t have to pay for ANYTHING in this YFest! Shiokness! Everyone loves a good deal and everyone relishes a FREE deal!)
Our third stop in the carnival-like tents was this toy-making event, where you would be provided with a mould, and some clay, and DIY your own toys. Basically this event does not seem too unique and special to be honest, but it does allow one to play around with the clay and other art and crafts gadgets, in case one has been away from school for too long. So yea, get your hands dirty and get back to school! Unfortunately for us, we could not get to make the toy because the clay takes around 1-1.5hrs to set and the booth will be closing soon 😦
Made by Singapore Boys’ Hostel!
Right smack at the center of the carnival tents is this friendly Caucasian guy who is from the University of Melbourne’s faculty of arts. He called out to us, and how could we not show some Singaporean hospitality, tio boh? Anyway, he asked us some questions pertaining to friendships and he filmed our replies on camera, to be uploaded on Facebook (can’t wait to see it being aired HAHAHAHHA!)
Steve from UMel!
elson makes a new friend in Steve!
Although the question about friendships is rather cheesy, we really like the whole getup about promoting friendships, particularly with the Postcards thingy from the previous booths. Kudos to YFest! A good reminder that it’s really special to find someone whom you can relate to and click with among the torrents of people. No matter how bad the going gets, there’s always someone out there watching our backs. We like that, we really do :)) Double smiley for this one!
Last station is actually a Cosplay station. Although Cosplay is a common trend, what makes this booth special is that, we can actually partake in the Cosplay! Yes the Cosplayers will provide all the equipments, including the makeup, and turn you into someone out of Naruto or One-piece. One caveat though, there’s only 4 choices to choose from, but it can really be enjoyable! Here’re some photos (We failed to do the Cosplay thingy because of time constraint yet again 😦 )
Walking out back towards the air-conditioned comfort of the Esplanade, we dropped by the Giant robotic statue where everyone is allowed to draw/write/doodle anything they like on those structures! Graffiti at its finest, and no legal penalties at all! WOOHOO!!!! We got down to work, and decided to leave our mark here! Artistic expression at its finest! Go ahead, write ‘My grandfather’s road’ here or imitate the Sticker Girl for all your heart desires without any consequences!
Let’s put some graffiti on this robot!
We were here! :DDD
Graffiti Art Attack!
Singaporeans exercising their artistic freedom
We headed towards the entrance, and were greeted by more performances as we left. Tonight, we were truly young and awesomely awed by the wonderful concepts thought out by YFest. As Jessie J sang ‘It’s not about the money money money….’ This event serves as a yardstick for future events to be organized. Low in budget, but full of innovative concepts and meaning for our youth. The subtle lessons that would be inculcated into the audience is mind-boggling, especially the ‘Write a card to your friend’ and ‘Swop Shop’ movement. The intricate weaving of the fabrics of art, youth and altruism is indeed something worth celebrating. A successful event is not judged only by its ability to wow our external senses, but one that is able to warm the cockles of our hearts. In our humble opinion, YFest has managed to do that. We applaud the effort.
Some of the random pictures we took!
Interesting picture. We like!
- Awesome concepts, values and great integration of youth and art.
- Great for family, couples and folks who love the arts!
- Best of all, everything is entirely FOC!
- Operating hours are rather short. Seeing that the Cosplay and Toy-making might take some time, it would be good to head early so as not to miss the hands-on events.
- Outdoor event, have an umbrella ready or prepare for wet weather program.
- Not as many booths as we would like, but hey, each booth is interesting with a refreshing concept, so well, cannot really complain too much too 😉
How to get there?
Esplanade: Theatres by the Bay
Nearest MRT Stations: Esplanade station, Cityhall station
Event only runs for this weekend! 22nd June to 24th June
23rd June (Sat): 7pm – 11pm
24th June (Sun): 7pm – 10pm
Visit www.yfest.com for more details on the event!