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Singapore is celebrating its 40th Birthday on 9 August 2005 with festivals, carnivals and concerts for visitors and Singaporeans to enjoy…

Singapore is celebrating its 40th Birthday on 9 August 2005 with festivals, carnivals and concerts for visitors and Singaporeans to enjoy.

August`s `Celebrate Singapore` month includes the following events:

Carnival@Marina, 6 – 14 August
`Celebrate Singapore` opens with Carnival@Marina, a massive playground for all ages, with a wide array of exciting activities and experiences ranging from concerts by the Bay and family rides, to military shows, thrilling adventure sports and tantalising cuisine. The highlight of the Carnival will be the grand `live` National Day countdown party. One million visitors are expected at this year`s Carnival@Marina, open from 10am to 11pm every day.

Fireworks Festival, 6, 8, 9, 14 August
Four nights of spectacular fireworks displays, accompanied by inspiring music, will wow audiences. The stunning displays, produced by teams from Singapore, France and Portugal will be the largest ever seen in Singapore. Best of all, they will be open to the public free of charge.

National Day Parade at Padang, 9 August
The annual National Day Parade is being held at the historic and nostalgic location of Padang, the same venue as the first National Day Parade in 1966. On this special anniversary the theme is `40 Years of Nation Building` and Singaporeans and visitors alike can enjoy an evening of show, parade and fun. The highlights of the parade include a March-Past by various sections of the military, a 21-gun salute announcing the arrival of the President, a state flag fly-past by a Chinook with two helicopter escorts and a fly-past by the Republic of Singapore Air Force. The end of the parade will be marked by a magnificent firework display, part of the Fireworks Festival.

Skydiving Festival, 18 – 21 August
Spectators at the second annual Skydiving Festival will be treated to four days of exhilarating events. Thrill-seekers will be able to watch aerial displays and tandem jumps from 18,000 feet above. This is not for the faint-hearted!

Dim Sum Dollies – Singapore`s Most Wanted
If jumping out of a helicopter is not quite your cup of tea, why not turn to the theatre? `Celebrate Singapore` will be presenting home-grown musical cabaret Dim Sum Dollies – Singapore`s Most Wanted, a must-see for Singaporeans and visitors, young and old alike. The Dollies are ready to take their audience through a hilarious two-hour crash course on everything that is Uniquely Singapore.

STB assistant director Lynette Pang said the diverse events would highlight as many aspects of Singapore culture as possible.

To coincide with the festivities, `Celebrate Singapore` is offering red hot deals on lifestyle, food and beverage and entertainment to visitors throughout August. What`s more, visitors will have a chance to win a trip for four back to Singapore in December to enjoy Christmas in the Tropics.

Lynette Tang, deputy chairperson of `Celebrate Singapore` said: We`ve put together a booklet of coupons made up of different deals from shopping vendors to restaurants and rides, so if you`re a visitor to Singapore, you can get great discounts and free deals throughout August.

Mr. Oliver Chong, Director of Leisure Management/Lifestyle & Events, Singapore Tourism Board added: This year, we want to sweep all visitors and Singaporeans out of their seats and up onto their feet with our fantastic line-up of events. We want them to spread the word and invite their family and friends abroad to come and celebrate all things Uniquely Singapore. If you look at the host of activities and special promotions that we`ve planned for the month, you`ll see there`s something for everyone. August is truly the month to party!

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