2015 is a hugely exciting year for Singapore as it marks 50 years since independence. The journey the country has taken since being ejected from Malaysia in 1965 is one of the world’s most remarkable success stories. In just half a century, a poor developing nation with high unemployment, low education and inadequate housing has transformed itself into a first world state, blessed with low unemployment, excellent education and one of the highest living standards in the world.
If ever there was an ideal time to visit Singapore, then 2015 is surely the year. The following 12 months promise to be an exciting period, as 50 years is celebrated across the board. The city’s numerous museums and public spaces will be at their best, and with the eagerly awaited opening of the new National Gallery, art and history lovers will experience a city that has quickly developed into one of the world’s most happening arts scenes.
Occupying the impressive former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings, and covering a massive 64,000 sqm, this will be one of the largest galleries in Asia. The transformation of Marina Bay will continue with the launch of the Jubilee Walk, a walking trail connecting historic and noteworthy buildings around the Central Business District and Marina Bay.
The new Jubilee Bridge, connecting the Merlion Park with the Marina Promenade will be officially launched, further enhancing the city’s growing reputation as an urban walker’s paradise. Following the dramatic New Year Countdown at Marina Bay, which includes live music performances from local and international acts, an arts festival and a spectacular eight-minute firework display, the celebratory mood is set to continue throughout the year.
At NOW! Singapore we will continue to shine a light on the many sides of this fascinating city, keeping you up to date through both the magazine and our social media platforms on all the city has to offer. I’d like to wish all our readers a Happy and Prosperous New Year and to congratulate Singapore on her 50 Year Golden Jubilee.
We hope you will join us in celebration in 2015!
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