An annual fundraising gala for W!LD RICE, the Rice Ball has established itself as one of the most talked-about and highly-anticipated events of the Singapore social calendar. Fabulous, sophisticated, entertaining and outrageously fun, the event sees a gathering of Singapore’s great and good, coming together to show their support for W!LD RICE, as it continues to fulfill its mission of creating significant, innovative and inclusive works, inspiring audiences in Singapore and around the world.
The inaugural Rice Ball, Starry Starry Night, was conceived and spearheaded by W!LD RICE’s Guardian Angel Kay Kuok, as a by-invitation-only dinner and soiree at the Shangri-la Hotel’s Island Ballroom in association with Prestige magazine, to introduce W!LD RICE to the social and business elite. With a scrumptious spread laid out by the hotel’s chefs and a charity auction, the highlight of the evening was an all-star concert directed by Artistic Director Ivan Heng and Associate Artistic Director Glen Goei – featuring Singapore theatre’s finest talents.
Over the years, the event has grown from strength to strength, graced by an impressive list of Guests of Honour including: His Excellency President SR Nathan and Mrs Nathan (2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009), Mrs Goh Chok Tong (2004), Speaker of Parliament Mr Abdullah Tarmugi, Minister for National Development Mr Mah Bow Tan.
Today, this gala event is organised by the Rice Ball Committee, a group of committed individuals who have been inspired and touched by W!LD RICE.
You can make a difference. By attending the Rice Ball, you will help sustain a vital creative enterprise and make a contribution to our city’s cultural, intellectual and social life. All funds raised will go directly towards supporting the company’s artistic and educational programming. It's a not-to-be-missed event that enables W!LD RICE to develop and produce works of excellence and make Singapore proud!
RICE BALL THROUGH THE YEARS
2017 - Once Upon A Time
2016 - XXX: The Very W!LD RICE BALL
2015 - 1965 Swinging Sexy Singapura
2014 - Night Safari
2013 - The (Very) Royal Ball
2012 - Diamonds Are Forever
2011 - The People's Acting Party
2010 - The Red Hot Chilli Padi Ball
2009 - The Big Hair Ball
2008 - The Disco Ball
2007 - Singapore A-Go-Go
2006 - Some Enchanted Evening
2005 - Kampong Glam
2004 - Double Happiness
2003 - Red, White & W!LD
2002 - Starry Starry Night
"The most rollicking party I have attended in recent years was W!LD RICE's 10th Annual RICE BALL... We have amazing talent here and more importantly, we have a unique artistic and cultural soul. W!LD RICE is part of the soul."Woffles Wu, 8 Days
"It was, essentially, the essence of W!LD RICE rolled into a one night. A fun, fabulous and perfectly harmless extravaganza, where everyone, especially the performers, had a great time. With its aims tucked firmly under its belt, W!LD RICE showed off some of the things they've stood for over the years, such as melding tradition with pop, supporting local talent and promoting new talent."The Business Times
"Even the menu was a creative take on local dishes with epicurean versions of rojak and laksa, conceptualised by Wild Rocket's chef Willin Low. Witty skits and musical performances by the W!LD RICE team and guest performers put the evening's entertainment value at a perfect 10."Tatler
"Its contingency of fiercely professional talents, in characteristic wit and irony, brought the house down with its biting comedy, and got the house up with its musical performances."Sylvia Toh Paik Choo, The New Paper