RICE BALL 2023: The Legendary Ball

18 Feb 2023

Island Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel

It gives us great pleasure to inform you that the Wild Rice Ball is BACK!

Over the past two decades, the Rice Ball has established itself as one of the highlights of Singapore’s social calendar: a fun, fabulous fundraising event made all the more magical by our theatre industry’s brightest stars.

After a two-year hiatus, we are thrilled to finally be able to welcome you back to the Shangri-La Hotel! We have missed you, and we know you have missed us too. So come join us for a legendary party full of glitz and glamour – and all for a good cause!

LEGENDS Only – An UnMYTHable Night Out!

In this exclusive, one-night-only extravaganza, we invite you to celebrate with us the most unforgettable myths and legends of all time. Think people and characters who have captured the human imagination – from Hades to Hanuman, from Teresa Teng to P. Ramlee, from Wonder Woman to the Monkey King!

As always, Wild Rice promises you an unforgettable evening and a WILD time. Directed by none other than Ivan Heng, Wild Rice’s Founding Artistic Director, the eye-popping entertainment for the night will be beyond compare. A feast of culinary delights will also be on offer, curated by Shangri-La Hotel’s stellar team of chefs. This is the stuff of which legends are made!

We Need Your Help More Than Ever

Over the past 20 years, Wild Rice has witnessed trials and tribulations, but none as devastating as the COVID-19 pandemic. We are still reeling from the aftershocks of the crisis, which forced us to close our theatre and cancel or delay shows multiple times. Our ticketing income took a severe hit, with audience capacities strictly limited for most of the last two years. At the same time, we were unable to stage critical fundraisers like the Rice Ball, which had to be delivered digitally or greatly scaled down.

Nonetheless, we have persevered, doing everything in our power to keep engaging our audiences, empowering our artists and educating future generations. We do not take our position and responsibilities as Singapore’s leading theatre company lightly. Despite the myriad challenges we faced, we have staged no less than 26 productions, entertaining over 60,000 audience members, since November 2020. We have offered gainful employment to hundreds of freelance theatre practitioners, and have welcomed students, young people and marginalised communities back to our theatre.

We cannot continue doing all of this without your support. You can help us navigate the road to recovery and look toward the future with confidence. By joining us for this year’s Rice Ball, you will make a dramatic difference to everyone whose lives, hearts and minds we change through the theatre we make.