4 Oct 2013
Island Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
W!LD RICE was delighted to announce that our Presenting Sponsor Hublot – the world's leading alchemist of revolutionary timepieces – designed a piece unique watch to benefit THE (VERY) ROYAL BALL, the twelfth edition of our annual charity gala.
One of Singapore’s most highly anticipated social events, 2013's RICE BALL took inspiration from the romance and glamour of royalty.
Part of Hublot's King Power range, the exquisite King Power Royale – the only such timepiece in the world – was placed on silent auction, with net proceeds going to supporting W!LD RICE's work in 2014.
Mr. Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot, said, “This is Hublot’s second year as Presenting Sponsor of the vivacious annual W!LD RICE BALL, and we are honoured once again to be partners with W!LD RICE, whose creativity and passion are philosophies that Hublot appreciates.
“At Hublot, we follow our concept: innovation and creativity. This allows us to constantly explore new ground and connect to the future, creating desirable timepieces that are more than just timekeepers but also communicate a passion-driven state of mind – a common ethos that both brands share. We look forward to yet another exciting ball by the talented W!LD RICE team!”
Mr. Ivan Heng, Artistic Director of W!LD RICE, said, “We are deeply grateful for the support Hublot has shown us, and genuinely could not have asked for more. And yet, Hublot has gone above and beyond to design this breathtakingly unique timepiece. Hublot's King Power Royale embodies values also shared by W!LD RICE: a commitment to innovation and the relentless pursuit of excellence.”
A Splendid Evening Fit For Royalty
At THE (VERY) ROYAL BALL, guests can be King, Queen, Maharani or Sultan for an evening. At the Coronation Cocktail Reception, they mixed and mingled with heads of state – including the most eligible of princes and princesses! – while savouring the finest wines and hors d'oeuvres.
Connoisseurs of alcohol cleansed their palates at the Royal Bar, which was kept fully stocked with silky-smooth Royal Dragon luxury vodka and finely matured Johnnie Walker Blue Label whiskey. Wines sponsored by Cornerstone were served during dinner.
By the time guests were sporting a Royal Flush, they were invited to partake of a scrumptious Banquet prepared especially by our renowned Royal Chef, Colin Buchan, head chef of the Michelin-starred restaurant Pollen, in collaboration with Shangri-La Hotel’s own Executive Chef.
The revels was not be complete without The Royally Outrageous Command Variety Performance, a dazzling programme of all-star festivities designed especially by Her Royal Highness Ivana Havesomefun, featuring the very brightest and best talents in our theatre and entertainment industries. Finally, our esteemed guests danced into the wee hours of the morning with tunes and beats provided by the Royal Court’s best musicians and DJs.
The dress code for the night was ‘Rock and Royalty’. Resistance, as we all know, is feudal. It was a lavish affair fit for the most illustrious of guests... And all in the name of a good cause!
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Directors Ivan Heng & Glen Goei
Music Director Elaine Chan
Choreographer Lisa Keegan
Multimedia Designer Brian Gothong Tan
Sound Engineer Shah Tahir
Costume Designer Moe Kasim & Frederick Lee
Fashion Choreographer Daniel Boey
Hair Designer Ashley Lim
Make-up Designer Beno Lim (M.A.C.)
Production Manager Koh Bee Bee
Stae Manager Juraidah Rahman
Producer Tony Trickett
CASTPerformers & Collaborators
DJ Keith Colaco
The Pipa Quartet
Thomson Big Band