THE young and the restless will have Orchard Road as their playground come May 31.
Graffiti artists, break-dancers and rappers are among the more than 800 aspiring and established performers expected to strut their stuff when the Singapore Street Festival returns for the second year.
Created last year as a platform for youths to showcase their talents, the 16-day affair, which ends on June 15, is recognised as a Special Event in this year's Singapore Arts Festival.
The event is the first of its kind in South-East Asia and aims to nurture a vibrant street culture here.
While last year's activities drew a crowd of 80,000, about 200,000 are expected to turn up this year.
Organisers intend to make this an annual event.
Tang Wee Sung, who chairs the Orchard Road Business Association, which is organising the event, said the shopping belt was picked as the stage as it has ''always been the preferred hangout area for our youths''.
Apart from the NYC Youth Park and Skate Park and the public spaces outside The Heeren, Cathay Cineleisure Orchard Mall and Orchard Building, the plot of land next to Faber House will also be used as a performing venue. The Straits Times/Asia News Network
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