The inaugural Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay was officially launched this evening with the illumination of the majestic Spalliera – the largest Luminarie light sculpture at the event – by Guest of Honour, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development.
Guests, including beneficiaries from the Ang Mo Kio – Thye Hua Kwan Hospital, witnessed the enchanting Italian Luminarie light sculptures light up the Gardens while partaking in a bustling European-style Festive Market at the Supertree Grove and getting into the winter holiday spirit with Yuletide in the Flower Dome.
Jointly organised by Blue Sky Events and Gardens by the Bay, Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay is set to redefine the experience of celebrating the festive season in the tropics with unique installations and programmes specially curated for all to enjoy.
The Festive Market will run till 21 December 2014, while the Luminarie light sculptures will be lit up till 1 January 2015 and Yuletide in the Flower Dome will continue till 6 January 2015. Access to Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay is free, while admission charges apply to the Flower Dome. Visitors enjoy 10% off admission rates into the cooled conservatories when they book online on www.gardensbythebay.com.sg at least one day before their visit (terms and conditions apply).
For more information and updates on Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay, the public can visit www.gardensbythebay.christmaswonderland.sg.
Gardens by the Bay, one of the world’s leading horticultural gardens, today announced the launch of its first mobile application, designed using cutting-edge technology to enhance visitors’ experiences. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the app will engage and excite visitors through a series of interactive trails, games, educational tools and information about the Gardens’ unique horticulture.
“We are always looking for new and innovative ways to improve how visitors experience the Gardens,” said Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay. “This app seeks to transform the way that visitors interact and engage with the plants on display by harnessing the power of technology to bring to life the stories of nature on their personal mobile devices. We thank Bloomberg Philanthropies for making this meaningful project possible.”
The Gardens by the Bay mobile app will serve as a practical multimedia guide, providing an introduction to the vast collection of plant life throughout the Gardens and explanations of the diverse habitats around the world. Using GPS and way-finding technology, the app will offer an interactive map and encourage visitors to explore hidden locations, earning them virtual rewards for finding these secret spots and completing scavenger-like challenges. Available in five languages – English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and Japanese – the app will engage visitors through educational games that reinforce horticultural learning, augmented reality that encourage users to uncover virtual plants, and sharing on social media.
“Gardens by the Bay came up with a really imaginative way to use mobile technology to help more people explore and interact with its exhibits. Its app is a great tool for learning about nature, no matter where you are – and it will make a visit to one of the world's most innovative horticultural gardens even more spectacular,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies.
The Gardens by the Bay app is now available on both Apple and Android platforms and can be downloaded for free via iTunes and Google Play. Information on the app is available at www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/mobileapp.
Gardens by the Bay is the latest cultural institution in Asia to be included in Bloomberg Connects, a global commitment that provides funding for the development of technology to increase access to cultural attractions and enrich visitors’ experiences. In addition, the foundation has provided funding for technology at institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Science Museum in London the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern as well as the Metropolitan Opera, The New York Botanical Garden, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Starting with support for traditional audio guides in 1999, Bloomberg Philanthropies has helped cultural institutions stay current with the latest trends in technology and revolutionize the visitor experience.
The inaugural Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens By The Bay is set to redefine the experience of celebrating the festive season in the tropics, with a unique line-up of programmes and installations specially curated for all to enjoy.
Featuring a myriad of firsts, the event includes the debut showcase of the Italian Luminarie light sculptures, a European-style Festive Market set amidst the splendour of the Supertree Grove, and a floral winter experience with Yuletide in the Flower Dome.
In addition, visitors can look forward to a host of exciting programmes throughout the Gardens – from festive-themed acts and performances, Christmas treats and gifts, to winter escapades complete with the cold and ‘snow’.
Jointly organised by Blue Sky Events and Gardens by the Bay, the festivities kick off from 17 November. Access to Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens By The Bay is free, while standard admission charges apply to the Flower Dome. For information and updates, members of the public can visit http://gardensbythebay.christmaswonderland.sg/.
Enjoy specially curated line-up of activities and performances (from 17 November)
Get into the Christmas spirit with a host of performances to ring in the festive season. Look out for the Nutcracker Parade featuring dancers from the Nanyang Technological University, be entertained by bagpipe troupe Merlion Pipes and Drums, be enthralled by the Garden Rhapsody Christmas Edition light and sound show, and snap a picture with Fantasy on Stilts – stiltwalkers in fairy, candy canes and Santarina costumes.
The Casa Armonica, an eight-metre-tall illuminated gazebo, will play host to 12 days of caroling by Singapore’s acclaimed choir groups including Hwa Chong Choir, Temasek Junior College Choir and Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School Choir. Visitors will also be serenaded by the soulful sounds of jazz, bossa nova, samba, soul and contemporary music by Festive Sirens Alemay Fernandez, Dawn Ho, Lily Anna and Michaela Therese.
There is also plenty to keep the young ones occupied – children can play with ‘snow’ during Blizzard Time at the picturesque Spalliera, board a Christmas Train that weaves through the Supertree Grove and enjoy dramatic poetry recitations of The Giving Tree by theatre group ACT 3 Drama Academy, and make a date with well-loved children’s book character from the Netherlands, Miffy, in the Flower Dome.
Experience winter in the tropics (from 17 November)
Get a taste of winter right here on the equator as the world’s Largest Glass Greenhouse – the Flower Dome – transforms into a floral winter landscape with cool temperatures to match.
Celebrate Yuletide in the Flower Dome as the signature Flower Field comes to life this holiday season with a charming winter village scene set amidst red and white blooms dotted with evergreen conifers. Adding to the festive cheer is a series of holiday programmes for the young and old, from story-telling and musical performances to Christmas paper craft and mascot appearances.
Yuletide in the Flower Dome runs from 17 November 2014 to 6 January 2015. The Flower Dome opens from 9am to 9pm, with holiday programmes at various timings.
Explore the European-style Festive Market (from 29 November)
Set amidst the Supertree Grove, the Festive Market features charming wooden huts adapted from renowned Christmas markets throughout Europe, such as those in Hyde Park in London and the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris.
Shop for Christmas gifts, crafts or trinkets at the Isetan Christmas Village, Perfect Fit, Yankee candles, Babyatt as well as the Christmas Wonderland and Gardens by the Bay merchandise stores.
The Market will also feature a wide range of international cuisine and wines. Indulge in a delicious snack, grab a tipple or bring home specialty food items from Bakerzin, Brewerkz, Chef on Wheels, Dean and Deluca, House of Nuts, Jing Tea, Saybons, The Ice Cream & Cookie Co., Peach Garden and Water and Wine. Exclusive products and offers are available at selected outlets at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens By The Bay.
The event will also see the debut of a new experiential concept from Asia’s Best Pastry Chef 2014 Janice Wong. Having had her edible installations featured worldwide, including Hong Kong, Miami, New York, Mexico, and now at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens By The Bay, visitors can look forward to experiencing a creative showcase of Chef Janice's decadent sweets and desserts in a pop-up at the Festive Market. Expect Chef Janice's magical touch with the aim for an experience that will be ‘nostalgic’ without being old fashioned, and ‘whimsical’ without being childish.
Another special pop-up store is Christmas d'lights by Culina. The local food purveyor will be presenting an array of fine food and wine where you can take your pick from a wide range of delightful Christmas treats ranging from Christmas Bonafanti panettones (Italy), Folk gingerbreads (Australia), Alain MIlliat jams (France) and Sanpellegrino beverages.
For a Japanese festive experience, visit the Isetan Christmas Village, which offers a combination of the traditional trim shop, signature novelties and a Sapporo Beer Garden. The Japanese department store will also be flying in chefs who will be serving up authentic Japanese delights. Must-haves include Ijima Shoten (Deep Fried Seafood), Eiwa Baby Castella, Sapporo Mensho Ramen and Nakayama Shokuhin.
The Festive Market will open from 29 November to 21 December 2014 from 3pm to 11pm daily, with restaurants opening from 5pm.
Dine at the enchanting two-century old Spiegeltent (from 29 November)
Visitors looking for a unique culinary experience will be able to dine at the spectacular Spiegeltent. The travelling ‘mirrored tent’ is made up of over 1,000 pieces of wood, canvas, exquisitely decorated mirrors and stained glass.
Helmed by Kitchen Language’s award-winning Group Executive Chef Martin Woo, the Spiegeltent will feature traditional Christmas fare, such as Cranberry & Chestnut Falafel, Lemon & Herb Lamb Lollipops, Roast Turkey with Chestnut & Cranberry Stuffing, Worcestershire Glazed Sausages with a Herb & Mustard Dip, Hot Mulled Wine and Hot Vodka with Honey (Krupnik).
Diners at the Spiegeltent can choose from an a la carte dinner menu, which is available from 29 November 2014 to 21 December 2014, from 5pm to 11pm daily. The menu changes every week, with items priced from S$7. Minimum purchase of a drink is required for entry into the Spiegeltent. For more information, visit http://gardensbythebay.christmaswonderland.sg/.
More than 200 children from various charities, schools and arts groups soaked up the Children's Day festivities at the Far East Organization Children's Garden in Gardens by the Bay today.
Joining in the celebration this morning was Guest of Honour, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development, who presented cheques on behalf of Far East Organization to nine children charities. The donation will go towards the development of programmes and activities for beneficiaries from Association for Person with Special Needs, Autism Association (Singapore), Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home, Club Rainbow Singapore, Down Syndrome Association (Singapore), Kidz Horizon Appeal, MILK Fund, Muhammadiyah Welfare Home and Viva Foundation for Children with Cancer.
Guests attending the Children's Day celebration were treated to performances by the Methodist Girls' School and Singapore Symphony Orchestra, as well as a 'splashing' dance item by students from the Singapore Ballet Academy who danced to the familiar tune of "Under the Sea", synchronised with the water jets in the water play area. Other activities for the day included balloon fishing, face painting and water gun shooting.
First Children's Day at Far East Organization Children's Garden
This is the first time that a Children's Day celebration has been organised since the Far East Organization Children's Garden at Gardens by the Bay opened to the public in January this year. Designed as a space to encourage free play and to reconnect the younger generation with nature, the Children's Garden gives kids the liberty to explore, imagine and create, while enhancing their physical and cognitive capabilities, within a garden setting.
Children’s Day Promotion
Kids visit the cooled conservatories for free with each accompanying adult. In conjunction with Children's Day on 3 October, Hari Raya Haji on 5 October, and the new "Indian Safari" floral display in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Residents enjoy a special promotion from 3 to 6 October. With every Local Adult Admission ticket purchased at the ticketing booth, Singapore Residents receive a complimentary Local Child Admission ticket. Terms and conditions apply.
The Flower Dome is Largest Glass Greenhouse in the world
The Flower Dome at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay has set a Guinness World Record for being the Largest Glass Greenhouse in the world.
Featured in the Guinness World Records 2015 book, the Flower Dome covers 1.28 hectares under glass. Its column-free gridshell and arch structure lets in maximum light and replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions of the world.
The Flower Dome sits alongside the 0.8-hectare Cloud Forest conservatory. Both glasshouses, designed by UK architecture firm Wilkinson Eyre, form the botanical arks that have become a distinct feature of Gardens by the Bay. Unlike most temperate greenhouses which have a warm interior, the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest are climate-controlled in a sustainable, energy-efficient manner to provide a cool environment that brings forth the concept of perpetual spring in the tropics. Along with the outdoor garden spaces at Gardens by the Bay, the cooled conservatories were open to the public in June 2012.
“We are thrilled that the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay now holds the Guinness World Record for the Largest Glass Greenhouse,” said Dr. Kiat W. Tan, CEO, Gardens by the Bay. “When we created the Gardens, we set out to make this a vibrant leisure destination where families, friends and communities can come together to enjoy. The cooled conservatories are an iconic part of the Gardens that bring visitors on a botanical holiday to the natural wonders of faraway realms – right here on the equator. This recognition of the Flower Dome as the Largest Glass Greenhouse is an achievement that we can all take pride in.”
The Flower Dome houses vivid floral displays which are refreshed periodically to bring ever-changing horticultural experiences to visitors. For 2015, Gardens by the Bay will embark on a story-telling journey as told through six ‘chapters’ of colourful floral displays. The Gardens will usher in the new year with Asian tales, before welcoming the return of the popular Tulipmania - this time amidst a fairy-tale setting. The story-telling continues with nursery rhymes that will bring back memories of familiar childhood verses. In August, the Gardens will celebrate the nation’s 50th birthday with a floral depiction of the Singapore story, before moving on to folklores surrounding the chrysanthemum flower. The year will close with a fantastical Christmas floral display featuring toys and tales from Santa’s workshop.
The first of its kind in Southeast Asia, Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay is set to redefine the experience of celebrating the festive season in the tropics with a magnificent display of light sculptures from Europe and a charming Christmas market. Nestled in Singapore’s award-winning Gardens by the Bay, this magical light-up experience promises to delight visitors from near and far.
Jointly organised by Gardens by the Bay and Blue Sky Events, Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay will feature a myriad of firsts, promising a feast for the senses. These include the debut showcase of the spellbinding Luminarie light sculptures specially handcrafted and flown in from Italy, an impressive two-century-old Spiegeltent from the Netherlands, a beautifully illuminated Casa Armonica gazebo, and a European-style Festive Market.
A Sight to Behold
Inspired by the elaborate Baroque architecture of the 16th and 17th century, the Luminarie light sculptures have been designed and built in Italy by Paulicelli Illuminations International, a family-run business that has handed down the skill from generation to generation for over a century. The Luminarie’s annual appearance in Kobe, Japan, continues to attract three to five million people each year since 1995.
Set amidst the beautiful backdrop of the flora and fauna of the Gardens, over 30 intricate light installations are handmade using white wood from the south of Italy by skilled craftsmen. Visitors to the Gardens will be greeted and led to the Supertree Grove by 16-metre-tall Frontone light arches. Within the Supertree Grove lies the magnificent Spalliera – the largest light structure at 17 metres high and 31 metres wide – for a breathtaking photo opportunity. These grand masterpieces will complement the magnificent Supertrees to create a truly magical atmosphere from 29 November to 1 January 2015, 7pm to midnight daily.
Also on display is a spectacular Spiegeltent, a travelling ‘mirror tent’ from the Netherlands, making its first appearance in Asia. Originally built in the late 19th and 20th century, only a handful remain in existence. Made of 1,000 pieces of wood, canvas, exquisitely decorated mirrors and stained glass, the enchanting tent will present a unique dining experience for visitors. The Spiegeltent will open from 5pm to midnight daily.
Adding to the festive cheer, visitors will be treated to 12 days of carolling at the stunning Casa Armonica. The eight-metre-tall beautifully illuminated gazebo will play host to a special line-up of carolers every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival.
The resplendence continues into the Flower Dome, where Luminarie light sculptures will lend an extra sparkle to the Christmas floral display within.
Shop, Wine & Dine
To complement the festive theme, the Supertree Grove will also house a traditional European-style Festive Market. The Market will feature 19 specially designed wooden huts adapted from renowned Christmas markets throughout Europe, such as those in Hyde Park in London and the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris.
Visitors will be able to enjoy specialty dining experiences, and shop for one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts such as Luminarie souvenirs, Yuletide crafts, trinkets, and specialty food items. The Market will also feature gourmet restaurants where visitors can indulge in a wide range of international cuisine and wines, a traditional Christmas dinner, Mediterranean dishes and European desserts. The Festive Market will open from 29 November to 21 December 2014 from 2pm to 11pm daily, with restaurants opening from 5pm.
“We are excited to be presenting Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay with Blue Sky Events. The myriad of firsts that will be showcased at this event demonstrates our continuous efforts to inject new ideas into making the Gardens a delightful place for all in Singapore. Complemented by our Christmas floral display in the Flower Dome, we hope the festivities at the Gardens will bring the year to a befitting close, amidst the beauty of nature,” said Ms Ong Chui Leng, Director of Programming, Gardens by the Bay.
“This Christmas fair is specially curated to enable as many people in Singapore to experience the festive spirit from all over the world, from the enchanting glow of the Italian Luminarie light sculptures, to the impressive Spiegeltent from the Netherlands, to the amazing Mediterranean delicacies they can savour at the Festive Market. The grandeur of the Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay will provide yet another reason for locals and tourists alike to celebrate the festive season in the tropics,” said Sarah Martin, Director of Blue Sky Events.
Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) came to a close today, after nine days (16 to 24 August), during which it showcased exciting garden designs and exquisite floral creations. Some 300,000 visitors to the Festival, over 50 displays and more than 250,000 plants featuring more than 1,000 different species were on display.
This is the biennial Festival’s fifth run, the first being in 2006. Over the years, SGF has grown to become the world’s premier tropical garden and flower show. This year’s Festival featured over 50 designers from 15 countries under one roof showcasing their masterpieces at the Singapore’s leading horticulture-themed destination, Gardens by the Bay. This was the first time the Festival went outdoors and visitors were treated to the best of tropical horticulture and artistry with impressive structures of up to 10 metres high. There were 15 Landscape and Fantasy Gardens, 14 Floral Windows to the World displays, eight Balcony Gardens, seven Table Top Floral displays, six miniature gardens and the Orchid Extravaganza featuring some 18,000 plants and more than 40 orchid species and hybrids.
Mr Kenneth Er, CEO of National Parks Board, said at an appreciation party on Sunday, 24 August, “The past nine days have been truly exciting, as we planned for the first time a Festival that was partially outdoors at Gardens by the Bay. Not only did we overcome some of the challenges of an outdoor garden venue, we were also able to attain the highest number of award recipients in the Festival’s history, a sure indication that overall standard has risen.”
The next Singapore Garden Festival will be held in 2016 at Gardens by the Bay. Details on the event date will be announced when available.
A snapshot of what participants and visitors say about SGF:
“The garden has created something of a sensation across the world and we will continue to promote the show and its ethos wherever we can. SGF provided us with the opportunity to explore a particularly ambitious design in the context of Singapore, creating a unique and memorable garden experience,” said Gavin McWilliam, who together with Andrew Wilson (UK) designed the “Sacred Grove” (Landscape Garden).
“…I think the move to Gardens by the Bay has been very successful. Visitors to the show have still been able to experience Fantasy gardens in the giant Marquee under lights but outside they have been able to see the true delicate textures of natural plant foliage and flower colours against the beautiful backdrop of Singapore’s city skyline. The show has grown from strength to strength and is now widely known amongst international circles as the premiere tropical garden show, evident this year by such a strong line-up of world famous designers from a variety of countries. The people of Singapore, NParks & Gardens by the Bay have every reason to embrace this wonderful show and feel proud that international visitors are seeing first hand that you really are creating a garden in a city,” said Jim Fogarty (Australia) who designed “Australasia” (Landscape Garden).
“This is the second Festival we participated in and its new venue has brought about new challenges and new excitement. Working with the overseas designers and participating in the Fantasy category has also enabled us to challenge our thinking and design innovation,” said Gurumurthy, Managing Director of Landscape Engineering Pte Ltd, who was the implementing partner for James Basson’s Tartarus (Fantasy Garden).
“I believe this is a great opportunity for local designers to showcase their talents with other international designers through this international festival. Not only we learn so much but also a good exposure among all. Truly a wonderful experience!” said Winston Chin, local floral artist behind the display “Enchanted Night” in the Table Floral Series.
“I am very impressed by the Penjing display and I wish I had more time to explore the other parts of the Festival. I will definitely come again in 2016,” said visitor Ms Ho Foong Hoe.
“I came to the Festival this year as it is now at Gardens by the Bay – a garden setting rather than indoors. It is good that the landscape gardens are outdoors and being able to visit the Flower Dome as well is a plus,” said visitor Irene Foo.
The much anticipated premier tropical garden and flower show — Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) – returns from 16 to 24 August 2014 for the fifth time at a new location, featuring bigger, taller and more extensive garden and flower displays from both international designers and local communities. Organised by the National Parks Board and Gardens by the Bay, the nine-day biennial event is expected to give visitors from Singapore and around the world a magical garden experience with 50 gardens and flower displays from The Meadow to the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.
Over 80 percent of the designers this year will be making their debut appearance at SGF. With height limits being raised threefold so that the tallest exhibits would soar 10 metres high, visitors will be treated to the best of tropical horticulture and artistry. The highly popular Landscape and Fantasy Gardens competition and the Floral Windows to the World competition will see 32 internationally renowned designers, including returning Best of Show winners Joe Palimeno (Landscape Gardens Category) and Damian Tang (Fantasy Garden Category) competing for top honours again in this new environment.
An extensive showcase like no other
From fantasy-like gardens to enormous displays of tropical plants and flowers, visitors will be able to see it all at The Meadow. Skirting the perimeters of the lawn are 80 sqm landscape gardens. Be mesmerised by Vincent Chia's (Singapore), ‘Heaven on Earth’ garden, filled with butterfly attracting plants signifying the manifestation of the real world where plants and animals can co-exist in perfect harmony with mankind.
Across The Meadow, in the tented area, visitors will be enchanted and drawn into a world beyond imagination with abstract garden designs and concepts in the Fantasy gardens category.
‘A Garden of Hers’ by Damian Tang (Singapore) will feature a near nine metre tall structure illustrating the high apse of a cathedral with four panels of six metre tall stained glass created by the designer himself. Step into the ‘Winter Illusion’ by Kate Hillier and Dan Rutherford (New Zealand) and be mesmerised by a frozen winter garden, created with the use of a snow machine, beneath a tropical Singaporean jungle.
Also breaking new height records at the Festival this year is the Orchid Extravaganza located at the Flower Dome, which will feature a 10-metre-tall orchid kaleidoscope, giving visitors a stunning visual spectrum of colours to admire. Designed by award-winning landscape architect Jun-ichi Inada, this vertical orchid wall is the tallest structure ever built in Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome. With some 18,000 plants and over 40 orchid species and hybrids on display, the Orchid Extravaganza will give visitors an immersive journey into the diverse and colourful world of orchids.
“It is amazing to see how the Festival has grown over the years into the internationally renowned one it is today. With the move to Gardens by the Bay this year, it has certainly brought about a new aspect to the Festival not just for the designers but also the visitors”, said Dennis Lim, Deputy Director, Singapore Garden Festival. He added, “Unlike previous years, visitors can now admire the beauty and serenity of the gardens as they transit from day to night. Families and friends can also have their weekend picnics at the lawn while visiting the extensive displays at our premier tropical garden and flower show.”
Adding to that, Dr Kiat W. Tan, Chief Judge of SGF, CEO of Gardens by the Bay and Advisor to National Parks Board said, “We are in a land of perpetual summer, which presents a wonderful environment for a show like Singapore Garden Festival to bloom in a garden setting at Gardens by the Bay. We are able to showcase the richness of tropical vegetation and have award winning designers from around the world and Singapore to transform them into such creative and fascinating displays.”
Other Festival Highlights
New to the Festival this year is a Miniature Garden Display where visitors will be able to see six intricately designed gardens that use popular fiction as inspiration among others such as Harry Potter's Greenhouse and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.
Each approximately 0.5m by 1m, these gardens showcase miniature plants along with intricately designed furniture and accessories. Designed by Deb Mackie, Louise Krasniewicz and Nancy Grube, recent Gold & Best of Show Award winners from the Philadelphia Flower Show, this is a new and upcoming horticulture hobby popular in the United States of America, and perfect for Singapore where home garden spaces are limited.
Other highlights include:
Celebrating Community and Home Gardening
Further encouraging visitors to take up gardening is the popular Gardeners’ Cup, returning with an even stronger presence this year. A total of 37 community gardens, up from a previous 30, will be split into five teams to compete. Each team was tasked to design its garden featuring one of the five senses – sound, sight, touch, smell and taste – the first time it had ever been done in this competition.
Dr Leong Chee Chiew, Deputy CEO of NParks & Commissioner of Parks & Recreation, said, “Gardening enhances the quality of Singaporeans. But the true value of community gardening lies in the “kampong” spirit it nurtures – the bonds it builds, the friendships it fosters, and the camaraderie it cultivates. Competition aside, the Gardeners’ Cup is a wonderful platform for fellow community gardeners from all walks of life to meet each other, expand their network, and share the latest happenings in their gardens.”
In conjunction with the 10th year that Community in Bloom (CIB) was incepted, a commemorative book titled, “Community in Bloom: My Community Our Gardens”, celebrating many of CIB’s best moments and memories will be launched at SGF.
Another new book, “My Green Space: Indoor Gardening Made Simple”, will also be launched at the Festival to share tips and inspire visitors to incorporate greenery into their homes.
Members of the public are also encouraged to bring back the plant they took during the “Share a Plant” initiative in May to enjoy a 20 per cent discount on their ticket purchase onsite. They can also submit their potted plants for a mini-competition – Share a Plant Container Garden Competition – and have their mini plant exhibited throughout the Festival. Award ribbons such as “Most Creative Display” and “Best Plant Mix” will be accorded to the winning displays.
Visitors keen to bring something home can also check out the vibrant MarketPlace at the Supertree Grove, with over 80 stalls offering a wide array of plants, gardening and landscape products and services, and arts and crafts for sale.
Snap and win with SGF Colours contest
Visitors to the show can also participate in the SGF “Colours” photography competition and stand to win great prizes such as the Canon-sponsored EOS 700D, PowerShot G16 and the PowerShot SX700 HS. To participate, capture the perfect picturesque view of the theme “Colours” at the Festival and submit it through Singapore Garden Festival’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/SGGardenFest. The contest starts on 16 August and will end on 7 September 2014. The public also stand to win prizes by voting for their favourite photo on the Facebook page’s contest tab.
Tickets are available during the show period at the ticketing kiosks located at the entrance of The Meadow, The Meadow open-air car park and near the entrance of the Flower Dome.
SGF 2014 Ticket Prices (Inclusive complimentary entry to Flower Dome*)
Today, over 1,600 people who had signed up for the Singapore edition of the MP3 Experiment came from all corners of the island to participate in the event at Gardens by the Bay. The MP3 Experiment is a social initiative spearheaded locally by youth movement, The Hidden Good, to bring the community together so as to showcase a warmer, friendlier and more cohesive side of society.
The social experiment involves participants tuning in simultaneously to a special MP3 track, which guides them through a series of spontaneous, interactive activities. This year’s turnout saw visitors across a spectrum of ages and backgrounds engage in activities such as a game of “Scissors Paper Stone”, a mass tai-chi exercise, and a superhero make-believe.
The guerrilla event, which was marketed entirely online and through social media channels, was organised by The Hidden Good in collaboration with Gardens by the Bay, Great Eastern, National Youth Council and Singapore Kindness Movement. As official venue partner, Gardens by the Bay was the setting for the MP3 Experiment this year, which took place across various locations in the Gardens before culminating at the Supertree Grove.
“The MP3 Experiment creates this amazing atmosphere that cannot be replicated easily. At least for that half an hour, it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from and what you agree with – you’re there in the moment, with everyone else, and that matters,” said Ana Ansari, this year’s project manager. “For us, Gardens by the Bay was the ideal location because it provides an amazing space that promises the best experience for our participants. But more than that, it’s part of this new direction that our island is heading towards - it represents change. This year’s experiment was a new challenge for us because of the sheer volume of people we wanted to bring together, and we’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have done it here.”
"We are happy to team up with The Hidden Good for this wonderful initiative," said Ms Ong Chui Leng, Director of Programming, Gardens by the Bay. "The Gardens' many programmes - from concerts and movie screenings to arts performances and sporting events - cater to different interests and age groups. Just earlier this month, the Gardens was abuzz with activity when schools and students came together for the Singapore Youth Festival. We welcome new ideas for making Gardens by the Bay a garden for everyone."
In the months ahead, the Gardens will play host to the Singapore Garden Festival in August, come aglow with lanterns for the Mid-Autumn Festival in September, celebrate Children’s Day in October, and line up a string of engaging programmes for the festive season in November and December.
Gardens by the Bay welcomed its 10-millionth visitor today, a week ahead of its second anniversary on 29 June 2014.
73-year-old Mr Kho Su Kiak from Sarawak, Malaysia, who is visiting his daughter and her family in Singapore, was surprised with a “Gardens Experience” gift as he entered the Flower Dome. This is the first time that he and his wife have been to Gardens by the Bay.
A delighted Mr Kho remarked, “This is such an unexpected surprise! It was my daughter’s idea to bring my wife and I to Gardens by the Bay as we both enjoy nature. It’s wonderful to see so many beautiful and interesting plants that we don’t get to see back home. The Supertrees are unique. And I like the cactus too.”
His daughter, Mdm Ivory Kho, who lives with her family in Singapore, added, “We thought this would be a really nice place to bring my parents to while they are in Singapore. This is the second time for me and my family, and my kids enjoy it. It’s the whole experience – from the moment you step into the Gardens, you are surrounded by plants.”
The “Gardens Experience” gift comprises a private guided tour of Gardens by the Bay; a “Friends of the Gardens” annual membership for five family members; and a hamper filled with Gardens by the Bay merchandise including apparel, home ware, books and novelty items.
Mrs Theresa Foo, Chairman of Gardens by the Bay, said, “For Gardens by the Bay to welcome 10 million visitors before turning two is a remarkable milestone for us. We are grateful for the support of staff, volunteers, partners and visitors – all of whom have contributed in some way towards bringing this People’s Garden to fruition. We have opened our doors and experiences to many, and look forward to continuing to engage and excite all who visit us from near and far. We hope that Singaporeans will continue to grow with us and make this a place they can enjoy with their family and friends.”
Since its first anniversary, Gardens by the Bay has launched the new Far East Organization Children’s Garden in January this year, and in February opened the Sun Pavilion, an outdoor attraction of desert plants. Within the Flower Dome, a year-round series of floral display changes continues to captivate visitors with plants from around the world such as tulips, roses, lavenders and chrysanthemums. By bringing the world of plants to Singapore, Gardens by the Bay enables visitors to discover the wonders of the Plant Kingdom without having to leave the city. The Gardens also provides an idyllic setting for public events including a Valentine’s Day concert by singer-songwriter Corrinne May and a movie screening of the award-winning “ILO ILO” beneath the Supertrees. In a short span of less than two years, the Gardens has received more than 35 international and local awards – from being the first garden to be presented the prestigious Thea Award (deemed the Oscars of the international attractions industry) in 2014, to being recognised by the Singapore Tourism Board for “Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism” in 2013.
In the second half of this year, some of the programmes that visitors can look forward to include:
With the approaching school holidays and the myriad of activities and promotion at Gardens by the Bay, there is no better time than June to reconnect with your family and nature.
Gardens by the Bay has lined up a series of fun and educational programmes for kids this holidays. Learn about the Gardens’ environmental sustainability through simple experiments and activities in “A Sustainable Garden”. Discover interesting stories behind the fruits from the Mediterranean region in “A Forbidden Fruit”. Embark on a journey of floral and fauna discovery through a series of tours and craft activities in “Kids at the Gardens”.
Within the Flower Dome, families can enjoy the latest “French Faire” floral display featuring fragrant blooms like lavender, lilac, gardenia and jasmine. What’s more, the “Gardens by the Bay Family Package” which runs till end-June offers even more reason to visit the cooled conservatories. Priced at S$50, the special package includes admission tickets for two adults and two children (valid for local residents and on-site purchases only; other terms and conditions apply).
At Gardens by the Bay, no family outing is complete without a visit to the Far East Organization Children’s Garden. Just a short walk from the conservatories, this outdoor garden for kids enables our little ones to “hang out” in treehouses or get wet in the water play area.
The return of the premier tropical garden and flower show — Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) – was announced today with the launch of a week-long “Share a Plant” initiative. The launch event, held aptly at Gardens by the Bay (GB), the new grounds for the biennial Festival’s fifth run, got off to a green start with over 100 community gardeners, students, parents and teachers from various schools and organisations coming together with National Parks Board (NParks) and GB staff to pot 1,000 plants. These plants were put on display at a specially created “Singapore Garden Festival Candy Land” structure at GB and will be given out to park visitors as “Share a Plant”.
Everyone Can Garden
“Share a Plant” aims to encourage the appreciation of plants and gardening, which is a key objective of SGF. It also helps to spread the message that everyone – young, old, amateur or aspirational – can garden. A total of 5,000 plants – potted by community and school volunteers from Nanyang Primary School, Loyang Primary School, St Joseph’s Institution, Muhammadiyah Welfare Home and Community in Bloom Gardeners – will be distributed across five popular gardens and parks over the next five days for the public to pick up and share with someone special. Members of the public are encouraged to bring back their plant to the Festival for others to enjoy and those who do so will each enjoy a 20 per cent discount on their ticket purchase onsite.
A mini-competition – Share a Plant Container Garden Competition – will call for people to not just bring back the plant to the Festival, but to decorate or arrange it creatively in a 0.5mL by 0.5mW design of their choice, for example, in a dish garden, container garden or basket. These mini plant displays will be exhibited throughout the Festival, and a panel of judges will decide the winners. Award ribbons such as “Most Creative Display” and “Best Plant Mix” will be accorded to the winnings displays.
The five locations and the respective timings are summarised in the table below.
|Date||Time||Plant Sharing Locations|
|08 May 2014 (Tue)||11:00 am onwards||Gardens by the Bay|
|09 May 2014 (Fri)||08:00 am onwards||Singapore Botanic Gardens|
|10 May 2014 (Sat)||08:00 am onwards||Bishan - Ang Mo Kio Park|
|11 May 2014 (Sun)||08:00 am onwards||HotPark|
|12 May 2014 (Mon)||11:00 am onwards||Raffles Place Park|
A Premier Show at an Iconic Location Showcasing the Best of Tropical Horticulture and Artistry
The Festival will be housed at GB for the first time and be opened for a nine day period from 16 to 24 August 2014. Jointly organised by NParks and GB, this much anticipated Festival will continue to bring together top award-winning garden and floral designers from around the world to compete, as well as introduce new gardening elements to excite visitors from Singapore and overseas alike. This will be the first time that the Festival is held both indoors and outdoors, and with the new grounds seeing a new height limit raised threefold of up to 9 metres, visitors can look forward to even more impressive structures that showcase the best of tropical horticulture and artistry. The highly popular Landscape and Fantasy Gardens competition and the Floral Windows to the World competition will also be returning to the Festival with 28 out of the 33 designers participating at SGF for the first time.
The Festival will span across 2.2 hectares with gardens and floral exhibits uniquely displayed both indoors and outdoors at The Meadow. Over 70 stalls will set up shop along the Supertree Grove for visitors to satiate their shopping needs. Visitors can also delight in the return of the Orchid Extravaganza with award-winning landscape designer Jun-ichi Inada at the helm, featuring orchids from around the world at the Flower Dome.
“Since the launch of SGF back in 2006, the intent has always been to host the Festival at Gardens by the Bay when GB is ready. After four editions of SGF at Suntec Singapore, we are glad to say that the Festival is finally home. As Singapore’s leading horticulture-themed destination, GB provides the natural hosting venue to showcase the best of tropical garden and floral artistry for the enjoyment of the people. True to the Gardens’ promise from conceptualisation, we bring the world of plants to Singapore, and in so doing, present Singapore to the world. Holding the acclaimed SGF at GB marks another milestone in Singapore’s transformation from Garden City to a City in a Garden,” said Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay and Advisor to National Parks Board.
“The Festival has been an exciting show that Singaporeans look forward to biennially, and has inspired many visitors to start their own gardens. It has also enhanced the capabilities of our local landscape industry through the knowledge exchange between the overseas designers and local implementing partners. With the displays sited both indoors and outdoors, not only will it challenge the designers, it will also provide new exquisite offerings for visitors in an iconic garden,” said Dennis Lim, Deputy Director, Singapore Garden Festival. He added “We also hope to get more of the community involved in the Festival. Through Share a Plant, we hope that more will be inspired to enjoy plants and gardening.”
Celebrate Community Gardeners
The popular Gardeners’ Cup will return. 34 groups of community gardeners will be split into five teams to compete for the Gardeners’ Cup. From past experience, the competition between the teams is keen, with each team trying to outdo the others with creative designs and well-grown plants. This is a testament to how SGF has evolved beyond a glittery ensemble of world class garden designers into an occasion to also celebrate our community gardeners and showcase their talent and skills. To make things even more interesting this year, each team will design its garden based on one of the five senses – sound, sight, touch, smell and taste.
In conjunction with the 10th year that Community in Bloom (CIB) was incepted, a commemorative book that celebrates many of CIB’s best moments and memories will be launched at SGF.
“Community gardening has taken off in a way that we didn’t even dream was possible. It started with humble beginnings but has since grown exponentially – we now have over 700 community gardens and over twenty thousand dedicated gardeners young and old. It is wonderful to see our immensely passionate gardeners showcasing their talent and creativity to an international audience at the Singapore Garden Festival,” said Dr Leong Chee Chiew, Deputy CEO and Commissioner of Parks & Recreation, NParks.
New Highlights and Returning Delights for Everyone to Enjoy
In addition to a new location, this year’s Festival promises fun for everyone, with new and exciting elements introduced to both the competitive and non-competitive components of the show. For example, the Table Top Floral Displays – previously a non-competitive segment – will be present again at this year’s Festival but as a competitive category. Both floral professionals and enthusiasts among the public will be given a chance to showcase their talent and creativity at the Festival. The Home Garden displays with its unique and functional designs will also inspire visitors to incorporate greenery into their homes.
For those looking for a new gardening hobby, SGF will be featuring six Miniature Gardens created by three recent Gold & Best of Show Award winners from the Philadelphia Flower Show. Such displays feature intricately designed gardens created with miniature plants and furniture which is a new and upcoming horticulture hobby popular in the United States of America.
To celebrate the Festival’s debut at Gardens by the Bay, SGF tickets have been specially priced for local residents to visit both the Festival and the Flower Dome Conservatory for the same price as previous shows. All Singaporean seniors (≥60yrs) will also be entitled to an additional discount in celebration of the Pioneer Generations’ contribution to Singapore’s nation-building.
Tickets will be available online at www.singaporegardenfestival.com from 2 June 2014.
Ticket sales at the following places will start on 8 May 2014.
|Local Residents Rate||Standard Rate|
Singapore’s most popular tulip display, Tulipmania, is back for the second time at Gardens by the Bay. From now till 4 May 2014, the Flower Field within the Flower Dome will transform into a garden of tulips, this time bringing a “mini Holland” to Singapore. With more tulip bulbs on display this year compared to Tulipmania’s debut in 2013, the captivating floral display looks set to excite visitors from near and far once again.
For this second edition of Tulipmania, Gardens by the Bay has flown in 50,000 tulip bulbs in a myriad of varieties and colours directly from the Netherlands. Drawing inspiration from Madurodam, the miniature replica model park in Amsterdam, Netherlands, this year’s display depicts scenes of Dutch canals, houses and windmills set amidst spectacular blooms of tulips and hyacinths.
In conjunction with Tulipmania 2014, Gardens by the Bay is offering a special 50% discount to local senior citizens visiting the tulip display in the Flower Dome (terms and conditions apply). Visitors can also look forward to an exciting line-up of programmes such as Dutch cheese tasting, tulip-inspired art activity, Tulipmania self-guided trail, photography and Instagram competitions, and appearances by Miffy, the well-loved children’s book character flown in on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from the Netherlands.
Singapore’s largest popular tulip display – Tulipmania – is back at the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay and looks set to excite visitors from near and far from 14 April to 4 May 2014.
This year, Gardens by the Bay will bring in some 50,000 tulip bulbs of many varieties and colours directly from the Netherlands. To join in this floral celebration, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will fly in Miffy – a well-loved children’s book character - bringing the tulips and a piece of Holland with her to Singapore.
“Gardens by the Bay is proud to announce the second installation of Tulipmania following last year’s success. We are delighted to have KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on board again to bring a slice of their heritage to our Gardens - with Miffy in tow this year. Tulipmania is part of the exciting line-up of programmes designed to encourage people from all walks of life to enjoy the wonders of the plant kingdom in the Gardens.” said Dr. Kiat W. Tan, Chief Executive Officer, Gardens by the Bay.
Drawing inspiration from the Madurodam, a miniature replica model park in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tulipmania aims to enthral guests once again, and presents a truly unique experience for visitors by bringing the cool climate blooms right into the heart of our tropical climate.
From today till 6 April, Gardens by the Bay celebrates the beauty and romance of the Rose with a new floral display in the Flower Dome that showcases one of the world’s most popular blooms.
Entitled “War of the Roses”, the floral display draws inspiration from an event of the same name that took place in 15th century England. The historical “War of the Roses” was a series of civil wars between the House of Lancaster and the House of York that were vying for the throne of England. Its name drew reference to the emblems associated with the two Houses – the Red Rose of Lancaster and the White Rose of York.
Transporting visitors to medieval times, the floral display at Gardens by the Bay features two armour-plated knights on horses amidst a battlefield of roses in different colours, shapes and sizes. Other flowers complementing the display include Hydrageas, Pansies, Bellis and Alyssums.
The “War of the Roses” floral display, which features some 60 varieties of England’s national flower, is part of the Europe leg of the “Gardens by the Bay Goes around the World” series for 2014.
In conjunction with the display, visitors can embark on a self-guided adventure to discover the history and significance of roses with the help of a new trail map entitled “A Tale of Roses”.
Home to over 1,000 desert plants comprising some 100 different species and varieties, the Sun Pavilion at Gardens by the Bay opens to the public today and brings yet another unique horticultural treat to visitors.
With this latest addition, the Gardens is the proud owner of one of the largest cacti and succulent collections in Southeast Asia. The 800-square-meter cactus garden proudly sponsored by Woh Hup (Private) Limited is located outdoors, next to the Far East Organization Children’s Garden.
With an amazing variety of prickly plants on display, the Sun Pavilion continues the efforts of the Gardens to introduce plants from various regions so that visitors can enjoy a botanical tour of the world. Visitors to the free attraction can marvel at cacti and succulents from semi-arid regions such as Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar.
“The Sun Pavilion presents an unusual group of plants that may not be the most visually appealing in the conventional sense, but is no less fascinating. Together with our existing collection of succulents in the Flower Dome, it forms one of the largest cacti and succulent collections in Southeast Asia, and adds on to our horticultural mosaic of plants from different regions of the world. We thank Woh Hup (Private) Ltd for making this possible,” said Dr. Kiat W. Tan, CEO, Gardens by the Bay.
Visitors will be able to spot the amazing Mexican columnar cacti, which bring to mind the desert landscapes reminiscent of those in olden-day cowboy films, and the large succulent Euphorbias, which while less spiny, are interesting as they produce latex to protect themselves against hungry predators. The Sun Pavilion also houses smaller succulents with eye-catching details such as the Brazilian species of Turk's Cap, and the Brain Cactus.
The Sun Pavilion opens to the public from 25 February 2014 and admission is free.
The Far East Organization Children’s Garden, the culmination of a year-long partnership between Gardens by the Bay and Far East Organization, was officially launched by Minister of State for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee, today. The 1-hectare play area located along the waterfront of Bay South Garden, adjacent to the Cloud Forest conservatory, opens to the public tomorrow.
Gardens by the Bay, a recipient of the 2014 “Thea Awards” which is regarded as the Oscars of the attractions industry, and the Singapore Tourism Board’s recognition for “Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism” in 2013, is proud to offer children a place where play can be integrated into a fun garden setting. The Children's Garden was made possible with a SGD10-million contribution from Far East Organization.
“Words cannot express how pleased we are to offer children a special play area in Gardens by the Bay,” said CEO of Gardens by the Bay, Dr. Kiat W. Tan. “This Children’s Garden is made possible by the strong support of Far East Organization, and cements our commitment to creating a People’s Garden with a green legacy for our future generations.”
The Far East Organization Children’s Garden encourages playfulness by giving children the liberty to explore, imagine and create – in a way that no smartphone, tablet, or game console can offer – all within a garden setting that will spark the child’s imagination and appreciation for nature and the environment.
Far East Organization Executive Director Mrs Dorothy Chan said, “Far East Organization supports Gardens by the Bay’s vision to be a People’s Garden accessible to all. By the Grace of God, we are blessed to be able to contribute to this very special and meaningful initiative to create a fun-filled space for children and their families. We are confident that this partnership between Far East Organization and Gardens by the Bay will provide hours of enjoyment for the young and young-at-heart.”
Members of the “Friends of the Gardens” programme at Gardens by the Bay, who previewed the Children’s Garden, commented that the whole area was “nothing short of amazing” and agreed that they could not wait to bring their little ones back when it officially opens.
The Far East Organization Children’s Garden will open to the public from 21 January 2014 and admission is free. The play area operates from 9am to 9pm, and closes for maintenance every Monday (or the next working day if a public holiday falls on a Monday of that week).
Gardens by the Bay ushers in the Lunar New Year with a new floral display aptly named “Year of the Horse”. Inspired by Chinese brush painting “One Hundred Horses”, the floral display features sculptures of horses galloping amidst colourful blooms such as chrysanthemums, cherry blossoms, kumquat (citrus) plants, and camellias, and runs from 17 January to 16 February in the Flower Dome.
The festive celebrations continue outdoors with “Spring Surprise”, a series of entertaining programmes from 17 to 19 January. Kicking off the series is a free outdoor movie-screening of “ILO ILO” and “The Reunion Dinner” by award-winning Singapore director Anthony Chen on 17 January. Over the 18-19 January weekend, look out for the melodic performance of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra; Chinese opera by the Chinese Theatre Circle; and dragon and lion dance by the Taman Jurong CC Juboon Dragon & Lion Dance Troupe.
For those keen to learn more about plants in the Gardens’ cooled conservatories, there is a new “Flower Remedies” garden trail map which highlights the significance, uses and benefits of chrysanthemums and camellias, and a new “Fancy a Spot of Tea?” activity sheet which offers fascinating tea-related facts and fun things for the whole family to do.
For reunion dinners and get-togethers, the Gardens’ Chinese restaurants – Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant and Peach Garden Noodle House – are offering festive menus and goodies till the last day of the Lunar New Year.
For more details, please refer to our Calendar of Events.
Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay has been selected as one of 13 recipients of the international Thea Awards, alongside other attractions such as Walt Disney World Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan.
Regarded as the Oscars of the attractions industry, the Thea Awards is presented by international alliance, Themed Entertainment Association. This year, Gardens by the Bay will be receiving the award at the 20th Annual Thea Awards Gala on 5 April in California, USA.
“Gardens by the Bay has been fortunate in receiving a number of local and international awards including World Building of the Year 2012, and more recently, the Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism award and President's Design Award 2013 in Singapore, as well as the RIBA Lubetkin Prize in the United Kingdom for best new international building of 2013. While most of the awards we have garnered so far relate to design, architecture and engineering, the Thea Award honours creative excellence in the attractions and entertainment arena. It is a wonderful recognition of the team’s hard work, since opening in June 2012, in making every visit to the Gardens a delightful experience for our visitors,” said Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay.
“This award is especially befitting as we kick off 2014 with a new theme for the year’s series of floral displays – ‘Gardens by the Bay Goes around the World’. After all, our aspiration has been to bring a world of plants to Singapore, and in doing so, present Singapore to the world,” added Dr Tan. “This year will be an exciting one with the opening of the Far East Organization Children's Garden and the Sun Pavilion, as well as the co-organising of the Singapore Garden Festival with the National Parks Board for the first time at Gardens by the Bay.”
Dr Tan will be presenting Gardens by the Bay as a case study at an attractions industry forum on 4 April and receiving the Thea Award on 5 April at the Disneyland Resort in California, USA.