Chingay 2011: why pay to watch?

Singapore has some of the most talented organizations  in the region- especially when it comes to making money. 

Take Chingay, for instance. For years the public didn’t have to pay to watch. 

But now if you want to watch, I mean really watch the performers dance or perform in front of you, you have to fork out money. It’s not cheap either.

Depending on the day and category, you have to pass over to SISTIC( the ticketing agency) $25 to $55. 

For the non-paying public you still get the chance to see Chingay, but the performers will simply walk past you or just go through the motions. Can’t blame them because after performing for the paid guests, they can be quite exhausted.

Maybe they are now eyeing other festivals like Thaipusam that  draw the crowds, especially tourists. All they have to do is simply find an excuse to commercialize the festivals. 

I’m pretty sure Penang and Johor Bahru still  keep their free for the enjoyment of EVERYBODY.

Singapore is true to character in making you pay and pay. Even  to watch traditional  festivals.



9 Responses to “Chingay 2011: why pay to watch?”

  1. very simple solution: DO NOT GO TO WATCH THE PARADE. we’ve seen it for years after all. so what’s the big deal?

  2. When they commercialize Thaipusam, I hope there will be sight AND sound. lol

    • Haha. When there’s $$$ to be made, not only light and sound but PM Lee will grace the occasion. SISTIC probably sees a business opportunity here but an excuse must be found which should pose no problem for our very talented organizations.

  3. Maybe got foreign ex-stripper(s) doing pole-dancing 🙂

    • Yeah, I won’t be surprised. You have to please the paying members of the public. The rest of us get to see only the poles.

  4. Penang Chingay will be on show on
    18 Feb. Starting from Padang Brown it will then
    wend its way through the city before ending up at the Esplanade.

    Like ours, it has an international flavor.


    Penang people don’t stoop so low.

  5. I love Chingay but will not pay to watch.

  6. I asked a friend today who regularly goes to festive events if he was going to watch Chingay 2011. He replied testily, “What for? Must pay. Don’t pay, they just walk past you.”

    As I have pointed out, we can’t blame the performers. They have to please the paying guests after all.

    Not wishing to be a wet blanket, I’d like to express my appreciation to all participants, both local and foreign although I won’t be there.

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