The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth held its Pioneer Generation Tribute 2015 to celebrate the contributions and achievements, as well as to show appreciation towards pioneers in the arts, cultural and heritage scene. The event recognised 350 pioneers – a long list of who’s who – artists who have contributed their precious time, put in tremendous efforts, and made personal sacrifices, just to lay the foundation for Singapore.
Thank you for taking the path less travelled!
The event was attended and hosted by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Lawrence Wong. “And thanks to your pioneering efforts, our lives have been enriched… Today, we have access to quality arts to express ourselves, to enjoy the beauty around us and ultimately to become better human beings. This is the rich legacy that you have left for all Singaporeans,” he said to the pioneers in the crowd.
In the Victoria Theatre, guests were first entertained by Jeremy Monteiro – a Cultural Medallion award winner – and his band, including four talented singers: Stephen Francis, Melissa Tham, Rudy Djoe and Rani Singam.
A video compiling interviews with a few Pioneer Generation artists was specially created for the event. They shared about their obstacles, sacrifices, and the journey they made while pursuing their passion.
The celebrations continued with an elaborate dinner setting in the white zone and atrium area, within Victoria Concert Hall and Victoria Theatre compound. Minister Wong personally presented each and every pioneer with a special memento. They were presented with plaques and a lifetime membership at the National Gallery, which will open in November. Guests were also led on a tour to the newly-launched Heritage Gallery on the third floor, opened that night for a very special first viewing session.
Bilingual Emcee Danny Yeo was honoured to host the ceremony and dinner celebrations as an arts practitioner who has benefitted from the mentoring, nurturing and encouragements of his pioneers in local theatre. He felt deeply grateful to have spent the meaningful evening with many heart-warming and touching moments.