Childaid Asia Malaysia

Six members of dance group, Sugar Rush Crew put up an ethnic dance performance at the 5th edition of ChildAid Asia Malaysia on 25 – 26 August 2016. This is the second time the group is performing at ChildAid Asia Malaysia. This year’s performance was challenging as they had to collaborate with classical Indian dancers from Mahavidya Dance Theatre, a dance group based in Kuala Lumpur (KL). In spite of the short time given to practise, they managed to pull off a beautiful 5-minute dance which drew loud cheers from the audiences.

During this excursion, Sugar Rush Crew also participated in several workshops and took in the sights of KL.

ChildAid Asia Malaysia is a charity concert for young people by young people. Living up to its mission, the concert has brought together local talents as well as many from the region such as Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines and Singapore to perform on the same stage. Its theme in 2017 – Magical – aptly describes this journey which has allowed young people to foster friendships across borders and to use their talents to benefit the less privileged.

Citibank Calendar 2018 Competition

This year’s theme for  he Citibank Calendar 2018 Competition is Pathways to Progress.

A total of 40 entries were submitted by our students. Of which, 25 sketches were shortlisted which depicted the career aspirations of the students. On 11 August, a panel of judges including Ms Lin Hsiu Yi, Citi Commercial Banking Country Business Head and Mr Rodney head of commercial bank digitisation for Asia, selected 13 designs to grace the 2018 calendar.

The Pathways to Progress initiative is a commitment from Citi Foundation to help youths improve their career-readiness through first jobs, internships, and leadership and entrepreneurship training.

Tian Tian Xiang Shang art exhibition at Raffles City

More than 1000 figurines painted by international and Singaporean artists, cultural figures and well-known personalities were on display at the Tian Tian Xiang Shang art exhibition at Raffles City. Tian Tian Xiang Shang, which means ‘ to look up every day’ in Mandarin, is an inclusive project to promote cross-cultural exchanges, creativity and dialogues. LAA students were delighted to participate and contribute 200 painted figurines, each uniquely depicting their limitless imaginations.

Three of our students attended the launch of the exhibition on July 29.

Dreams Come True Charity Fundraiser and Cultural Exchange with Step One Dance from Philippines

Sugar Rush Crew and Stylo Mylo Crew took time out of their hip hop routine to burn the dance floor with members of the Step One Dance, a leading dance company in Mindanao Philippines. The 16 students who took part in this cultural exchange on 11 June were exposed to an eye opening experience of ballroom dancing – a genre outside their typical dance routine. They shared the dance floor with these professional dancers at Dreams Come True, a charity fundraiser for The Business Times Budding Artists Fund. Huge thanks to Step One Dance and our donors as well as supporters for making this night possible!

Citi’s Global Community Day in Singapore

Citi’s Global Community Day was a huge success this June! Our children and youths facilitated a tote bag design workshop which was very well-received.

This is the third consecutive year that Citi Commercial Bank has collaborated with The Business Times Budding Artists Fund to showcase the artwork created by our young artists in their marketing collaterals. The collaboration includes an art competition with the theme “Pathways to Progress” for the young artists to translate their career aspirations into creative visual illustrations.

We would like to express our gratitude to Citibank Singapore for giving our beneficiaries an opportunity to showcase their works!

BNP Paribas Dream Up workshop with French Choreographer Abou Lagraa

In March, children and youths from the Little Arts Academy took part in a series of dance workshops conducted by acclaimed French contemporary dancer and choreographer, Mr Abou Lagraa. Mr Lagraa is a BNP Paribas Foundation Ambassador, working with the Foundation since 2006 to promote education for children and young people through the pursuit of an artistic activity. He was in Singapore at the invitation of BNP Paribas Foundation as part of their Dream Up programme, which was launched in 2015 and reaches out to children and youths who are living with disabilities or from underprivileged backgrounds to receive training and guidance in an artistic activity.

The students’ hard work was evident at the showcase where they collaborated to perform dance items from the workshop. LAA would like to thank Mr Abou Lagraa and BNP Paribas Foundation for their support and initiative!

Performances at Clementi Mall

Christmas is coming! To celebrate this joyous occasion, The Clementi Mall Management has liaised with 10Square and The Little Arts Academy to organize a series of enchanting performances for festive shoppers. Our children and youth performers dazzled members of public with their evening performances, on the 16-18 Dec and 21-23 Dec, with the stage right at the very heart of the mall!

 

Book Launch @ Fidgets

On 8 December 2016, a launch event was held at Fidgets, an indoor playground, for three books written by 7 talented 10-year-old students from CHIJ Kellock Primary School.  The three books are titled “No”, “Emily and the Paintbrush” and “The Magic Bag of Gold Coins” respectively, which are part of a  collaboration project between CHIJ Kellock Primary School and The Rice Company Limited, in commemoration of the 11th anniversary of the Business Times Budding Artist Fund (BTBAF).

Uniqlo Fundraising Event

On 3 and 4 December 2016, to kick-start the Christmas season of giving, our students participated in a fundraising event in partnership with Uniqlo. The event was held over the weekend at the Uniqlo Orchard Central Flagship Store.

Prior to the event, our students participated in a drawing workshop conducted by renowned artist, Peter Draw, to perfect their drawing skills so as to create masterpieces for the donors at the event.

 

Inaugural ChildAid Symposium

On 19 November 2016, ChildAid Asia held its inaugural symposium event, “Friendship without Borders”, at Suntec City. The event was organized by The RICE Company Limited with the objective of promoting the ChildAid movement in the Asian region as opportunities for young budding artists to showcase their talents on a bigger stage, as well as to raise funds for a worthy cause.

40 distinguished guests turned up for the event. At the symposium, key partners from Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia were also invited to do presentations on the ChildAid movement in Asia and its future direction amidst the different political and socio-economic factors and challenges in today’s world.

ChildAid was established in 2005 with the main objective of raising funds for The Business Times Budding Artist Fund (BTBAF) to provide arts training for young artistic talents, as well as for The Straits Times Pocket Money Fund to provide pocket money to children from low-income families. Since then, it has become one of the largest-scale annual children’s charity concerts in Singapore, with the annual ChildAid Concert attracting large audiences from all walks of life.

 

Sugar Rush Crew at Rpresenting to Da Fullest Hip Hop Competition

Presenting to you, the Sugar Rush Crew at Rpresenting to Da Fullest Hip Hop Competition! The sweat, tears and hard work they had invested in this competition had definitely paid off when they got into the finals. Although they won consolation prize, what mattered the most was that they had danced with all their hearts and soul. These experiences would undoubtedly be stamped in their minds and aid them in the long journey ahead. A big thank to BNP Paribas for supporting the Sugar Rush Crew thus far and making the dreams of dancing come true for these children!

The Asean Children’s Festival at Vietnam

On 28 May 2016, Sugar Rush Crew (who were supported by The BNP Dream Up Project) reported to Changi Airport and embarked on a journey they would never forget. Just in 4 hours, they landed on the beautiful land named Ha Noi, Vietnam, ready for upcoming challenges! These talented teenagers were singled out to perform for the ASEAN Children’s Festival.