Ahoy-Amoy, again! The highly anticipated Amoy St. Bloc Party returns this month, bringing its unique brand of revelry back to the streets of Amoy. A festival curated by home-grown brand Spa Esprit Group (SEG), feast and celebrate together in style with well-loved establishments on the block, including Ding Dong, boCHINChe, Employees Only, Le Binchotan, Burger Joint and Birds of a Feather, whilst taking in the rich heritage of Amoy Street. Local music and lifestyle collective Sunshine Nation, together with Singapore music talents Chris D and Zig Zach have your merrymaking needs covered, with headline performer UK electronic duo Maribou State making their highly anticipated Singapore debut. Little tots from Citikids Academy will also join in the celebration with traditional Singaporean performance acts.
“Last year, we took a chance and organised a small party to welcome and celebrate the wonderful mix of prominent and award-winning F&B brands that recently moved into the area,” says Cynthia Chua, Founder & Managing Director, Spa Esprit Group. “The response was overwhelming, which led us in our decision to bring back the Amoy Street Bloc Party this year. We have created something extraordinary, and this event is a continuation of our efforts to celebrate and rejuvenate the unique heritage associated with this special part of town,” she adds.
Singing to a similar tune is 8M Real Estate, one of the festival’s key partners. “The Amoy Street Bloc Party is an initiative that is close to our hearts. It is centred around our first property along Amoy Street which is curated with the best F&B establishments in the city and showcases 8MRE’s vision in creating lifestyle destinations,” affirms Ashish Manchharam, Managing Director, 8M Real Estate.
The inaugural edition last year – New Kids on the Bloc – saw the streets of Amoy transformed in a celebration of food, drinks, play and music, with an attendance of over 3,000 guests. This year, from 3.00pm to 10.00pm on Sunday, 23 April 2017, the popular Amoy Street within the cultural epicentre of Singapore’s Chinatown and on the edge of the Central Business District, will be keeping it good in the hood, and once again be transformed into an invigorating car-free party zone filled with fun, food, drinks and activities for the entire community. The Amoy St. Bloc Party is a project under the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Streets For People programme, which provides support for community-initiated projects that transform Singapore’s streets into meaningful public spaces for everyone.
In line with the theme of keeping it good in the hood, the event this year features various activities suited for the whole community – from keeping the ‘kampung’ spirit alive through well-loved Singapore heritage games, to encouraging fit and healthy living through community multi-levelled yoga sessions by Yoga Movement and F45 athletic circuit sessions. For the musically inclined, don’t miss out the opportunity to Salsa down Amoy Street with Dee Gerodias, SEA Games medallist and professional dance athlete, who will be on-site giving pointers to perfect those dance moves.
Expect signature dishes and cocktails offered at discounted rates to satisfy the culinary and libation expectations of all festival-goers. Offerings range from playful modern Southeast Asian bites to hearty Argentine fare and local favourite wanton noodles, to stiff New York-style cocktails and frisky wines. Quench your thirst with Nakd Water, a super-soft artesian water drawn from one of the world’s deepest, oldest and purest water sources.
Adding to the festivities, 8M Real Estate will be giving away two weekend staycations to lucky festival-goers at their latest project, BASE Residences, a new city-living concept in one of their lovingly converted shophouses at 31 Hongkong Street.
Music, heritage games and exercises for all
In collaboration with Sunshine Nation, live performances and music acts, such as local selectors Chris D and Zig Zach, and headline performer UK electronic duo Maribou State, will take place throughout the day at the main stage outdoors. Well known for their unique style of compelling and deeply soulful sounds, Maribou State will perform a DJ set – a magical musical journey bound to be etched in the memories of all for time to come. Expect to also witness special performances by local hip-hop sensation ShiGGa Shay’s break-dancers, who’ll be strutting their stuff to traditional music.
Paying homage to the colloquial name of the street, Free School Street, indulge in a spot of nostalgic school games – traditional childhood games such as chapteh and five stones. Partygoers of all ages can take a breather with life-sized garden games, such as giant twister, giant jenga and connect four. For those looking to work up a sweat, partake in an athletic circuit by F45, one of the Singapore’s fastest growing fitness studios. Proponents of green living can learn to plant an edible garden of your own under the guidance of Singapore’s very own urban farming collective, Edible Garden City.
For the culture vultures, sign up for specially curated heritage trails by Geraldene’s Tours in the afternoon, or hop onto Singapore’s iconic rickshaw rides for sightseeing through the streets of Chinatown, and soak up the culture the city has to offer. Indulge in art and create your very own Amoy Street buntings to be put up along Amoy Street, with special colouring kits for both children and adults alike as part of the organiser’s efforts to encourage appreciation of the unique architecture along Amoy Street.
Amoy St. Bloc Party
23 April, Sunday
3.oopm to 10.oopm