Peace and Disarmament
Singapore Soka Association Youth Hosts "Peace@BluePlanet: Passion of Youth"
From July 2 through 17, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) sponsored "Youth Peace Culture Festival (YCF) 2005, held by area. Since 1980, SSA has held a youth-sponsored cultural show every five years, where youth are able to give full play to their inner potential and creativity. This year's theme was "Peace@BluePlanet: Passion of Youth." Some 5,000 youth, including SSA members, their friends and local students, participated in the event. Singaporean Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan, government officials and local mayors attended the respective shows, together with around 20,000 local residents.
SSA members of North & East Singapore (HQ 1) held their show at Singapore Expo Hall 5 on July 2, while members of South & West (HQ 2) and Central Singapore (HQ 3) held their festivals at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall on July 8-9 and 16-17, respectively. Young people presented songs, ballets, sambas, traditional dances and colorguard routines. Central Singapore District Mayor Heng Chee How, who attended the festival on July 16, stated he was touched by the performances as well as the behind the scenes efforts of the staff. He expressed hopes for Singaporean youth to lead the new era with their positive energy for the development and prosperity of Singaporean society.