Thursday, April 5, 2012

Save the Date!


Save the Date for Singapore’s first-ever
NIGHT Pink Dot 2012!




Singapore, April 6, 2012 – On June 30, 2012, Singaporeans will, for the fourth year running, gather at Hong Lim Park to form a human pink dot in support of the belief that everyone deserves the freedom to love, regardless their sexual orientation.
This year, organisers have planned something extra special – Pink Dot 2012 will take place at sunset, for the first time in its history culminating in the formation of a pink dot of shimmering torches, light sticks and glowing mobile phones, in the first hours of darkness.
“Having a Pink Dot formed at night makes for a dramatic message of inclusivity and acceptance – a celebration of unity in diversity that emphasises our shared belief in the Freedom to Love, “ said Pink Dot spokesperson Paerin Choa.

Pink Dot 2012 is also proud to announce its Ambassadors, personalities who need no further introduction – actor-comedian-diva extraordinaire Kumar, former actress and City Beat host Sharon Au, and multi-talented actor Lim Yu-Beng, in a special announcement video that will be unveiled tonight.

The inaugural Pink Dot event in 2009, saw 2,500 people in attendance. In 2010, this figure nearly doubled to 4,000, while Pink Dot 2011 saw its largest turnout yet – more than 10,000 people thronged Hong Lim Park in a strong show of support.

So please, SAVE THE DATE: 

WHAT: PINK DOT 2012 
WHERE: Hong Lim Park
 
WHEN: Saturday, June 30, 2012
 
WHAT TO BRING: Pink lights!
WHAT TO WEAR: Of course, PINK!
 
TIMINGS: Activities commence 5.30pm, Concert begins at 6.30pm, Dot is formed at 7.30pm, or when it is sufficiently dark

*Please note: According to the park's terms and conditions, only Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may participate at the events held at Hong Lim Park. However, foreigners are most welcome to watch and observe.


21 comments:

  1. ConfabultingConManApril 5, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Is the rule that bars foreigner from participating in the event only valid at Hong Lim Park or is it a nation-wide thing?

    I am a foreigner who have been following the growth of pink dot closely and have made donations to pinkdot to show my support. However, the rule that bars me from participating in this event is truly disappointing... and truly hurtful.

    As pinkdot grows and become more and more well known internationally, I feel that more serious effort should be made to allow the participation of foreigners.

    Having said that, good luck to Pink Dot 2013!

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  2. seriously no foreigners allowed? ive been waiting for this event and been planning to go this year and i wont be able to be at center of the pink dot?...i was hoping to have a photo in the midst of pink and love..sigh....now im thinking if i should go at all...*sigh*

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  3. Same here, I've been waiting for this event and planned to join it this year, really no foreigners allowed?

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  4. I was looking forward to joining in on these celebrations! No Foreigners allowed to participate? If this is the park's terms and conditions perhaps the even should be moved to a venue that has no ridiculous terms and conditions. How would you expect this event to grow on an international scale with such restrictions?

    Pink Dot is there to promote love and break down discrimination yet an exclusion of foreign participation is a complete contradiction to this!

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  5. I am not sure if Pink Dot has any international ambitions. After all, it is a grass roots movement for Singapore that's organised by... well people at the ground level for Singapore.

    As for the "no foreigners allowed", it doesn't mean foreigners can't be there. As a matter of fact, foreigners (non Singapore citizens and PR) have attended and enjoyed the event.

    The only thing they can't do is form the dot which is the last part of the event.

    I believe the organisers do not discriminate intentionally against foreigners cause that would be against what Pink Dot means. But if you are aware of Singapore's restrictions on things that are taken from granted in more liberal countries (ie: free speech, public gatherings, etc.) you will understand why the organisers are holding it at Hong Lim Park; ie: it's the only place where demonstrations or public speeches are allowed. However, the government has laid down some ground rules: only Singaporeans and Singapore PR are allowed to demonstrate or speak and that religion and race is off topic.

    Of course Pink Dot is not a demonstration, but bearing in mind these rules and the hope that Pink Dot can continue well into the future, I guess the organisers are keeping to it to avoid any trouble with the law.

    I just did a search on this blog and found the FAQ from last year where this was addressed: http://pinkdotsg.blogspot.com/2011/06/you-asked-we-answer-faq-part-ii.html

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  6. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_demonstrations_in_Singapore

    The new Public Order Act bans all cause related events. This new proposed law gives authorities the power to prevent an individual from leaving home or a building if it is deemed that that person intended or intends to be part of a demonstration. Police would also be allowed to order a person to leave a specific area should they determine an intention of offence.[4] Second Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam argue that this would be necessary to maintain security at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit held in the country later in 2009. However, opponents like Chee Soon Juan, leader of the Singapore Democratic Party argue that the law change is "for the long run" with the intention to silence discontentment with the PAP ruled government.

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  7. I don't understand why foreigners are not allowed to form the pink dot, period.

    Foreigners are 'allowed' to participate', to be present AT the park, to mingle with the crowds, to enjoy the activities, performances and fun, BUT have to leave when the pink dot is being formed. Yet, forming the pink dot, like the other activities organized during day, is NOT part of a demonstration or protest.

    What is so different, from the legal point of view, between forming the pink dot, and being AT the park participating in other activities?
    Isn't forming the pink dot a part of the day's activities too?

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  8. SGrean who would like foreign participation tooApril 9, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    I know what you mean. I too wish that everyone regardless of nationality status be allowed to participate. But I think the orgs don't want to risk it cause the authorities may use that reason to ban all future Pink Dots.

    Going by last year's event, they don't have to leave. They just observe the dot formation from the sidelines.

    I guess one can argue about the definition of "demonstrations" and what is or isn't a "protest" with the government or the police. But knowing our government, they are the ones who make the rules and they will reserve the right to define what constitutes a "demonstration" or a "protest". So I guess it might be better to err on the side of caution to keep Pink Dot ongoing than to push the limits and have it stopped forever.

    I know many are disappointed with this restriction as I am. But such is the peculiarities and balancing act of being and operating in Singapore. I do hope the orgs will find a way soon out of this quandary.

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  9. Will govt check the ID of foreigners? How to tell if someone is not a Singaporean or PR? Who makes this up?

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  10. Well... I would understand the 'ban on foreigners' if it makes sense. The sole and only point that irks me, is not the fact that foreigners are banned - it is the fact that this ban, BY the organizers, do not make ANY sense at all!

    Banning foreigners from forming the pink dot, yet allowing foreigners to be at the park, makes the whole thing inexplicably confusing. If the organizers are so worried about the government giving trouble, then they should straight out ban all foreigners from being present at ALL Pink Dot activities at Hong Lim Park. Now, THAT would make absolute perfect sense.

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  11. major dissapoint as 4reigners dissallow in participating as 2 form pink.dot! pink dot will light humongously, whether we r SGporean or 4reigners!. but hey, u gotta play by its rules.
    so guys, just enjoy the pink evening planned 4 us, in just of celebratin freedom 2 luv! it will be my 2nd time attendence! C u guyz soon!

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  12. typical SIngapore....prejudiced against foreigners!!

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  13. FUCK this stupid country!!!!!

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  14. I would love to see foreigners to join. Stupid rules always make us civilians so much hate about our gov!! Hope those governors have their kids grown up being LGBT!! Then they would know how they felt!!

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  15. FREEDOM TO LOVE! GREAT! I AM IN LOVE WITH MY ELDER SISTER PLS GRANT US THAT FREEDOM TO LOVE EACH OTHER EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE THE SAME PARENTS! WE WON'T HAVE ANY CHILDREN, WE WILL ADOPT!

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  16. does anyone knows when is 2013 pink dot event?

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  17. I am from Vietnam, I would like to attend the event in 2013, but I would like to know the date so that I can book the flights in advance :-)

    Thanks with best regards,

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  18. Hi all, foreigners can just join the crowd because nobody actually went around checking identification last year. Cheers!

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