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A River Romance – Bumboat Parade & Dance Musical (& Free Boat Rides)

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As part of the Singapore River Festival 2009‘s celebration, Singapore River Cruises & Leisure presents ‘A River Romance‘, a water & land extravaganza comprising a bumboat parade and dance musical at the historic Singapore River and its riverbanks at UOB Promenade. It is open to the public for free.

Event Information

A River Romance” is a spectacular water and land celebration of Singapore River’s historic trading port and the people who lived and worked along this epic waterway.

Set in the 1900’s when Singapore River was a major free trading port and the centre of commerce, “A River Romance” pays tribute to the People of the River who turned Singapore River from an idyllic fishing village to a thriving main artery of trade, making the river the birthplace of Singapore’s economy.

Bumboat Parade
19 to 27 June 2009 (7.30 pm to 8.30pm)
Robertson Quay, Clarke Quay and Boat Quay

Catch vibrant scenes of river life from the past, recreated on Singapore’s last remaining traditional bumboats, floating down the waterway from Boat Quay, Clarke Quay to Robertson Quay. This colourful bumboat parade will bring back glowing nostalgic memories of kampung boys, traders, coolies, samsui women, rickshaw pullers, street hawkers and vanishing trades all on water.

Dance Musical
19 to 21 and 26 to 27 June 2009 (8.30 pm to 9.30pm)
UOB Promenade

Discover the romance of the Singapore River, as the dance musical brings you a beautiful love story between a Nonya maiden and a coolie, set amidst the hustle and bustle of Singapore River’s flourishing trading port in its heyday. Offering a glimpse into the interwoven lives of the people at the river, the show promises love, intrigue and humour. Combining movement, music and acrobatic stunts, “A River Romance” is a grand visual spectacle not to be missed.

Presented by Singapore River Cruises & Leisure, “A River Romance” Bumboat Parade and Dance Musical is conceptualised and produced by Splash Entertainment. The dance musical is directed by Jeremiah Choy and showcases award-winning home-grown creative and artistic talents.

Complimentary Singapore River Festival Party Boat

To add convenience to revelers along the Singapore River during the Singapore River Festival 2009, Singapore River Cruises & Leisure will sponsor a Singapore River Festival Party Boat, offering complimentary hourly river taxi transfers from 7pm to 9.30pm at Raffles’ Landing Site, Boat Quay Jetty and Liang Court Jetty.

The Singapore River Festival Party Boat is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating capacity per boat is 45 passengers. Once all the seats are taken up, public can choose to wait for the next boat or purchase river taxi tickets at $3. All passengers are to disembark once they reach the jetty.

Singapore River Festival Party Boat Schedule
Raffles Landing Site / Boat Quay Jetty: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
Liang Court Jetty: 7.30pm, 8.30pm, 9.30pm

* Time schedule is subject to change.

For more information, visit Singapore River Cruises and Splash Entertainment.

For more information on Singapore River Festival 2009.

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