Singapore GP newsletter 2008-06-27

Singapore GP Season Revs Up For Fun and Excitement in September One more reason for visitors to stay that extra day for a complete race experience Singapore -- An exciting season of top-notch lifestyle experiences, the inaugural Singapore GP...

Singapore GP Season Revs Up For Fun and Excitement in September

One more reason for visitors to stay that extra day for a complete race experience

Singapore -- An exciting season of top-notch lifestyle experiences, the inaugural Singapore GP Season, with its range of adrenalin-inducing performances and endless entertainment, is set to complement the historic 2008 Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, giving visitors more reason to stay that extra day in Singapore for a complete Uniquely Singapore race experience.

Held over three weekends from 20 September to 5 October, the Singapore GP Season is anchored by more than 10 lifestyle events and premium experiences that include the Singapore River Festival, Opera Gallery's Master's Formula -- The Artistic Drive, Amber Lounge and The Bulgari Watch Exhibition amongst many others. Visitors and locals can also look forward to a host of dining and retail promotions and late night shopping opportunities for a complete lifestyle experience.

"The Singapore GP Season will help entrench Singapore's standing as a world-class events and entertainment capital and position Singapore as a top-notch lifestyle destination, providing unique experiences to complement the first ever night race in Formula OneTM history," said Ms Margaret Teo, Assistant Chief Executive (Leisure), Singapore Tourism Board. "The Season is the result of a concerted effort by the Singapore Tourism Board together with the private sector to conceptualise and make possible these exciting lifestyle experiences. We hope that the Singapore GP Season will not only enhance the experience of visitors but also offer a compelling reason for them to stay an extra day or two simply to revel in the exciting race ambience and gather their most memorable Uniquely Singapore personal experiences."

A key highlight of the Singapore GP Season is the inaugural Singapore River Festival, a week long celebration that focuses on three key elements: water, heritage and entertainment. As part of the Singapore River Festival, Clarke Quay will host a myriad of activities which features concerts on the river by international and local artistes and outdoor parties with DJs spinning the latest hits. Look out for the Southeast Asia first ever mega illusion show, "The Impossible Journey" by J C Sum, held at The Central. Showcasing the best in local talent, the 10-day Timbre Music Festival will be held, for the first time, outdoors along the river promenade and promises to add buzz and activity to the Empress Place area. This historic district is also set to dazzle with the return of six traditional bumboats which will be decorated for a special float parade that will culminate in a visually spectacular dance drama, "Legenda Singapura". For interesting tales about Boat Quay and Clarke Quay, join the walking tours, "The Tipple Exchange" and "Of Dali, Barley and HadhramisTM".

The Singapore Beer Festival promises a showcase of hundreds of the world's best beers from breweries across the world including rare brews from places as far away as the Isle of Wight and Coney Island, available for the first time in Asia. Held within the lush landscape of Fort Canning Park, this trade and consumer event will also present international music artists, stand-up comedy shows by Jonathan Atherton, one of Australia's finest comedians, plus a host of other live entertainment events.

Master's Formula -- The Artistic Drive will showcase monumental sculptures of contemporary masters including Fernando Botero, Arman Fernandez, Robert Combas, Jean Dubuffet and Niki de Saint Phalle at two key tourism precincts - Orchard Road and Singapore River. Art lovers can also look forward to paintings and smaller sculptures of modern art superlatives like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse at Opera Gallery in Ngee Ann City.

Says Cedric Tan, Director of Media and Public Relations, Balroginc, for Opera Gallery, "The Singapore GP Season provides us with a great platform to showcase premium art that we will be bringing into Singapore, to the locals as well as visitors. Opera Gallery has always regarded Singapore as its Asia Pacific headquarters and we now relish the opportunity to further establish Singapore as the Arts Capital of Asia."

Amber Lounge, the ultra-exclusive party synonymous with the exhilarating action of the Formula One race, is where race drivers, team principals, team sponsors, models and celebrities congregate to party from dusk to dawn. To be held at Millenia Waterfall, near Conrad Centennial, partygoers will be able to experience what former Formula OneTM driver Michael Schumacher termed "...the only place to celebrate after a Grand Prix".

"Formula One is celebrating its first-ever night race in the exciting and unique destination of Singapore. When the Grand Prix was announced, we immediately knew we would create an Amber Lounge event to give the Formula One community the best place to party directly after the race. Amber Lounge party-goers were booking tickets even before the venue was confirmed!" said Sonia Irvine, Director of Amber Lounge.

The Season promises more exciting events as well as a host of enriching lifestyle offerings including dining and retail promotions. So whether it is late night shopping at The Central and Orchard Road, motor-related activities like the Oris Air Asia Grand Prix Challenge, the ING Renault F1 Team Pavilion at Tang Plaza and the TAG Heuer "Racing Legends of our Time" Exhibition at Paragon, dining experiences with Michelin-star chef Laurent Peugeot at the Hilton Hotel or specially designed menus at Hua Ting and My Humble House, visitors and locals will have much to look forward to for a memorable Uniquely Singapore experience.

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For more event details, please refer to Annex A.

Also visit www.visitsingapore.com/sgpseason.

For more quotes from event partners, please refer to Annex B.

About the Singapore Tourism Board

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is an economic development agency for one of Singapore's key service sectors -- tourism. The mission of the Board is to develop and champion tourism, so as to build the sector into a key driver of economic growth for Singapore. The STB also differentiates and markets Singapore as a must-visit destination, offering enriching experiences through the "Uniquely Singapore" branding.

For more information, please visit www.stb.gov.sg

ANNEX A

Singapore GP Season Highlights

Singapore River Festival (19 -- 28 September), Singapore River

Highlights include the Timbre Music Festival, the River Party at Clark Quay where party-goers can enjoy outdoor performances and concerts on the river by international and local artistes, with DJ's spinning the world's hits, a float parade, a spectacular dance drama, a mega illusion show by J C Sum at The Central and outdoor parties alongside parties at night spots such as Ministry of Sound at Clarke Quay, IndoChine Waterfront at Empress Place and home-grown dance icon Zouk. There will also be special walking tours such as "Of Dali, Barley and HadhramisTM", a pub walk featuring microbreweries at the historical Clarke Quay and Riverside Point and "The Tipple Exchange", a Boat Quay pub walk.

Amber Lounge (27 -- 28 September), Millenia Waterfall, near Conrad Centennial

In its inaugural race season, Singapore is one of just five Formula One race destinations selected to host the ultra exclusive party. This premium event is a veritable magnet for race drivers, team principals, team sponsors and international models and celebrities from the worlds of television, fashion, music and sport. Amber Lounge Singapore opens from 10.30pm and the party -- and champagne -- does not stop till 5am.

Singapore Beer Festival (2 -- 5 October), Fort Canning Park

Showcasing hundreds of beers from around the world, the Singapore Beer Festival is a trade and consumer event. Besides offering the trade a significant opportunity to meet and interact with industry professionals and key decision makers from the region, it will also feature local and international music artists, stand-up comedy shows plus a host of other live entertainment events for the public.

Singapore Biennale 2008 (11 September -- 16 November)

Following the success of its first edition, the Singapore Biennale returns for a 10-week visual feast, featuring some of the world's and Singapore's frontrunners in contemporary paintings, installations, interactive electronic media and sculptures exhibited at unusual and significant venues around the city. Singapore's largest international contemporary visual arts platform will also include a new segment this year, known as the Showcase Singapore that is set to attract the world's top art galleries and international art enthusiasts.

Bulgari Watch Exhibition 2008 (18 -- 28 September), Paragon Atrium

Producing finely crafted jewelled watches in platinum and diamonds since 1920, Bulgari will showcase more than 100 exquisitely crafted timepieces, including the Diagono collection which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Watch connoisseurs and avid collectors will want to keep a lookout for the limited edition timepieces created exclusively for this event.

Master's Formula -- The Artistic Drive (25 September -- 26 October), Ngee Ann City, Orchard Road and Singapore River

Fans of contemporary art are in for a treat with this exhibition showcasing several monumental sculptures of contemporary masters Fernando Botero, Arman Fernandez, Robert Combas, Jean Dubuffet and Niki de Saint Phalle at two tourism precincts -- Orchard Road and Singapore River. The exhibition of at Opera Gallery in Ngee Ann City will feature paintings and sculptures of modern art superlatives like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse

Diana Krall Live in Concert (26 September), Marina at Keppel Bay

Jazz aficionados can look forward to an intimate evening with the world's best selling jazz artist as she kicks off her Asian tour in Singapore.

Singapore Motorshow 2008 (26 September -- 5 October), Suntec Singapore

Established as a must-visit for every car enthusiast, the Motorshow returns this year for yet another adrenaline-charged event. Expect sleek cutting-edge concept cars, the newest automobiles and the latest motor accessories and services.

Michelin-star Guest Chef Laurent Peugeot (22 -- 28 September), Hilton Hotel

Gourmet food-lovers can look forward to fine-dining with award-winning Chef Laurent Peugeot from Burgundy who will be serving up some of his finest culinary masterpieces at The Harbour Grill and Oyster Bar. Chef Laurent has won many fans, at home and abroad, with his stunning and unique culinary fusion of minimalist Japanese and hearty terroir de Bourgogne.

Oris Air Asia Grand Prix Challenge (17 -- 30 September), Millenia Walk

Cortina Watch and Air Asia jointly present the thrills of Formula One driving in a life-size AT&T Williams F1 Team simulator. Winners of the Challenge will get a chance to pit their driving skills against Nico Rosberg,of the AT&T Williams F1 Team. Collectors of luxury time-pieces in Singapore will also be the first in the world to witness the launch of Oris' latest collection of Williams-inspired timepieces, exhibited alongside a range of Oris timepieces inspired by the world of motor-sport.

ING Renault F1 Team Pavilion (29 August -- 28 September), Tang Plaza

Formula One fans are in for a treat with a special display of the Renault F1 R28 show car taking centre stage, flanked by the Megane Renault F1 Team R26 and Clio Renault F1 Team R27. In addition, a full-sized replica of a real Formula One steering wheel and interactive story-boards will offer a peek behind the scenes of the Formula One team, providing a Formula One experience for everyone. Exclusive ING Renault F1 Team collectibles and merchandise, some made with actual parts of the Formula One car, will also be on sale.

TAG Heuer "Racing Legends of our Time" Exhibition (19 - 28 September), Paragon Atrium

This exhibition showcases TAG Heuer's rich heritage and involvement with motor racing since the 1860s and is an exhibition that all avid watch collectors will look forward to., They will witness the unveiling of a new TAG Heuer watch inspired by motor racing and have the opportunity to purchase one of the 150 limited edition watches commemorating the first Formula One Grand Prix night race in Singapore.

Alongside these are a compelling line-up of arts, entertainment and lifestyle events including dining and retail promotions by participating merchants such as Hua Ting, My Humble House and Central, amongst many others.

For updates, please visit visitsingapore.com/sgpseason, and www.singaporegp.sg

ANNEX B

Singapore GP Season Quote Sheet

"We are thrilled to be part of the Singapore GP Season festivities marking the celebrations for Singapore's inaugural Formula One race. Clarke Quay's unique tenant mix and location on the riverfront allows us to provide visitors to Singapore and the locals with an entertainment experience like no other."

Quote to be attributed to: Ms Dawn Tan, General Manager, Clarke Quay

"Being part of the Singapore GP Season not only helps in generating greater awareness for our events, but also allows us to play our part in adding to the excitement leading up to the 2008 Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. We hope that through our participation in the Season, we can bring the excitement of the race to more people, giving them the opportunity to get up close and personal with a Formula One driver as well as a chance to challenge him in our simulation game."

Quote to be attributed to: Ms Selina Ang, Marketing & Communications Manager, Cortina Watch

TAG Heuer is very pleased to be part of the Singapore GP Season in celebration of Formula One's first-ever night race. We are very happy that our customers in Singapore will experience first-hand, the precision, professionalism, prestige and passion of the race and drivers - philosophy and spirit which TAG Heuer embraces. TAG Heuer has enjoyed a long association with motor racing for more than five decades now. Besides offering professional timekeeping expertise, we have also developed a strong association with many racing legends, such as Ayrton Senna, Jo Siffert, Juan Manuel Fangio and Mika Haikkinen. Today, we are very honoured to be represented by the defending Formula One World Champion, Scuderia Ferrari Formula One driver, Kimi Raeikkoenen and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 team, Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen.

Quote to be attributed to: Ms Wong Mei Ling, Divisional Manager, TAG Heuer

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Lewis Hamilton , Juan Manuel Fangio , Nico Rosberg
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , McLaren , Williams , Renault F1 Team