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More than 500 differently-abled performers present Singapore’s largest inclusive concert

SINGAPORE, November 10: Extra•Ordinary People presented An Extra•Ordinary Celebration at the Resorts World™Theatre – a first-of-its-kind effort to celebrate inclusivity and appreciate parents and educators in the  special  needs  community  with  the  support  of  official  venue  partner Resorts  World  Sentosa.  Mr  Ng  Chee  Meng,  Minister  in  the Prime  Minister’s  Office  and  Secretary-General  of  the National  Trades Union  Congress was the Guest  of  Honour.

The  event was Singapore’s largest  inclusive  concert,  featuring  more  than 500 differently-abled  performers,  made  up  of  15 inclusive  teams of  students  from  Special  Education  (SPED)  schools  partnering  with  mainstream  schools or  organisations. A robust  90-minute  stage  programme  of  varying  art  forms  such  as  aikido, circus  arts,  Latin  dance  and  hand chimes was  showcased.

As  the  event  name  suggests,  An  Extra•Ordinary Celebration  was  a  true  celebration  of  inclusivity,  with  the performers  sitting  among  the  1,400-strong  audience,  enjoying  the  concert  alongside  parents,  educators  and  invited  guests. It was the culmination of more than three  months  of  rehearsals,  with  various  schools  and  groups  coming  together  to  co-create  their performance items.

The  process  provided  opportunities  for  partnering  teams  to  interact  and  get  to  know  one  another,  contributing  to  the  shaping  of  an  inclusive  attitude.

“What  resources  cannot  buy  is  what  I  see  tonight  and  why  I  am  so  proud.  Principals  put  in  the  extra  bit  of  effort,  our  students  put  in  the  care  and  love  to  partner  and  bring  society  together.  When  Singapore  wants  an  inclusive  society,  we  don’t  just  talk  about  it.  This  is  our  values  in  action. For  the  special  group  of  people,  like  Extra•OrdinaryPeople  and  the  volunteers  that  are  here  working  in  the  background  and  backstage,  let  me  thank  you  personally  for  the  heart  of  love.”  said  Minister  Ng.

“Extra•Ordinary  People exists  to  serve  the  special  needs  community  and  build an  inclusive  society,  while  supporting  parents  in  their  child’s  learning  and  developmental  journey.  We believe  that  every  individual  has  talents  and  are  proud  to  have  been able  to  showcase  the  different  abilities  of  so  many  performers  in  the  first  edition  of  An  Extra•Ordinary  Celebration,”  said  Ms  Wee Wei  Ling,  Director  and  Co-Founder  of  Extra•Ordinary  People.

Established  in  July  2017,  Extra•Ordinary  People  is  a  charity  with  Institution  of  Public  Character  status  that  aims  to  support  every  person  with  special  needs  in  Singapore  through  community-supported  initiatives.  It  will  officially  open  its  second  centre,  Extra•Ordinary  Place  @  Joo  Chiat,  on 18  November  2018,  providing  multi-disciplinary  therapy  services  and  performing  arts  classes  for  children  with  special  needs.

Leading  by  example,  Ms  Wee  initiated the  stage programme in  a  unique  collaboration  with  a  92-member  inclusive  hand chimes  orchestra.  Performing  Dick  Lee’s  composition  Bunga Sayang,  she  was accompanied  by  Singapore  Special  Voices and  joined  by  desk  bells,  hand chimes  and  handbells  ringers  from the  Ministry  of  Bellz,  Rainbow  Centre  Margaret  Drive  School,  Grace  Orchard  School  and  Raffles’  Girls  School,  as  well  as  the  Show  Band  from  the Ministry  of  Bellz and  solo  vibraphonist,  Ms Lily  Goh.

As  the  concert  progressed  through  the  evening,  there  was  never  a  dull  moment  with  the  exciting  line-up  of performance  items,  which  segued  seamlessly  from  singalong  tunes  to  lively  dance  and  circus  arts  routines.

Made  up of educators,  parents  and  the  performers  themselves,  the  audience  fully  participated  and  immersed themselves in  the  celebratory  spirit.

Minister  Ng  joined  the  performers  on  stage  for  a  finale  item  – a  special  rendition  of  the Circle  of  Life  from  the  soundtrack  of  the famous  American  animated  musical  film  “The  Lion  King”.

“An  Extra•Ordinary  Celebration  provides  a  valuable  platform  for  both  the  organisations  and  participants  involved  to  collaborate  towards  a  common  goal  of  inclusion  in  our  society.  Through  the  process,  participants  learn  to  appreciate  their differences,  supporting  each  other  and  forming  meaningful  friendships,” said Ms  Joyce  Lin,  Teacher,  APSN  Katong  School.

“When  we  were  told  that  we  would be  collaborating with  St  Andrew’s  Autism  School,  I  was  slightly  apprehensive.  However, during  practices,  I  made  use  of  the  opportunity  to  not  only  talk  to  them  but  play  simple  games  such  a sscissors-paper-stone  and  they  seemed  to  enjoy  it  very  much!  This  experience  has  opened  my  mind  and  heart.  I’ve learnt  that  not  everyone  is  the  same  and  we  can all  learn  and  benefit  from  each  other’s  perspectives,” said Gabriella  Roselyn,  Secondary  2,  Boon  Lay  Secondary  School.

“The  first  time  I  danced,  I  felt  nervous  and  anxious  because  I  did  not  know  how  it  would  be  like  to  dance with  an  advanced  group.  But  I  slowly built  up  confidence  through dancing  together  as  a  team,  like  an  army,  and  I  really  enjoyed  it,” said Ayman  Nur  Shan  Bin  Affendey,  Student,  APSN  Tanglin  School.

Extra·Ordinary  People  is  a  charity  with Institution  of  Public  Character  status  that  aims  to  support  every  person  with  special  needs  in  Singapore  through  community-supported  initiatives.

Extra·Ordinary  People  strives  for  an  inclusive  society  and  embraces  a  child-centred  approach  in  supporting  parents  and  their  children’s  learning  and  developmental  journey.

It  currently  operates  two  centres  providing  multi-disciplinary  therapy  services  and  performing  arts  classes  for  children  with  special  needs.

For  more  information, please visit:http://extraordinarypeople.sg
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/extraordinarypeoplesg

Extra•Ordinary  People  is  located  at:
Extra·Ordinary  Place  @  Beach  Road7500A  Beach  Road,  #01-313/317/318 The  Plaza  Block  A,  Singapore  199591
Extra·Ordinary  Place  @  Joo  Chiat402  Joo  Chiat  Place,  Singapore  428082

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