Welcome to the ’60s!

On 2 October 2015, W!LD RICE took a ballroom full of esteemed guests back in time to 1965: SWINGING SEXY SINGAPURA – the 14th edition of our annual charity gala. Presented by Hublot for the fourth year in a row, the RICE BALL was a raucous affair that celebrated W!LD RICE’s 15th Anniversary as well as Singapore’s Golden Jubilee.
W!LD RICE’s Artistic Team with three of our swinging, sexy guests! (L-R) Tony Trickett, Ivan Heng, Annie Chang, Glen Goei, Joon Courtenay and Jun Low
Have rickshaw, will travel! Bernard and Dolly Cheong head back to 1965!

As they walked into the foyer of the Shangri-La Hotel’s Island Ballroom, the 668 guests for the night found themselves transported into 1960s Singapore – by way of a sleek, snappy Vespa or a traditional rickshaw.

Going nuts over kacang putih!

While wandering through a different time, guests whetted their appetites with ice-cream sandwiches or kacang putih, ahead of an exquisite five-course dinner designed by internationally celebrated chef Violet Oon of Violet Oon Singapore in collaboration with Shangri-La Hotel’s Executive Chef Maran Mariapin.

Ivan gets into the swing of things with Linda Soo Tan!

The CABARET SINGAPURA Concert challenged Singapore’s best and brightest theatre talents to revive some of the hottest cabaret acts of the 1960s. Pam Oei, our hostess with the mostest, rose to the occasion with rocking renditions of ’60s anthems Dancing In The Street and Proud Mary.

She was followed on stage by Judee Tan, Siti Khalijah, Tony Eusoff, Benjamin Kheng, Sezairi and Rishi Budhrani, who sang, danced and joked their way into everyone’s hearts.

Dancing In The Street with Pam Oei and the W!LD RICE Dancers!
Judee Tan channels sexy songstress Ge Lan
Siti Khalijah and Tony Eusoff pay tribute to P. Ramlee
Beatlemania!
Benjamin Kheng and Sezairi perform a medley of Beatles tunes
Our FIRST STAGE Kids having a BALL of a time!
Catch them in action in our year-end pantomime, The Emperor’s New Clothes!
Rishi Budhrani stands up for Singapore
in his howlingly funny comedy routine!
Take a walk down Orchid Road!
Ivana and Glenda bring a little flower power to close the show
Swinging, sexy and very Singaporean! See you next year!

Ivan Heng, Artistic Director of W!LD RICE, presented the company’s report card for the year during the Ball. From Public Enemy to Another Country, from HOTEL to a Brisbane tour for The Importance of Being Earnest, it was W!LD RICE’s most ambitious season yet.

“Thank you for empowering us to reflect on the problems, and also to imagine the possibilities, of our times,” said Ivan. “Thank you for joining us in creating beautiful memories and, ultimately, a document of our history for the generations to come.”

Check out more highlights from 1965: SWINGING SEXY SINGAPURA here:

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