In celebration of the Third International Year of the Reef, Our Singapore Reefs is organising a two-day event, The Fun Odyssea, to bring a fun-filled, learning experience for everyone. The community-driven event is FREE for all, and is one of the largest gathering of Singapore’s blue groups. Together, these interest groups, agencies, marine conservationists, and research groups have curated a range of exciting hands-on activities to spread the awareness of coral reefs and other associated marine habitats such as mangroves and seagrasses. From March 17-18, 2018, head over to the Sentosa Palawan Pirate Ship and be greeted with a host of interactive booths, workshops, community activities, and movie screenings.
Visitors can look forward to a marine clay modelling session with NUS marine scientists, quizzes on marine environmental issues with LepakInSG, and a live mural painting with Wu Yanrong, a Singaporean Illustrator whose paintings of marine animals have been featured by Hermès and Uniqlo. For the young and young at heart, Cicada Tree Eco-Place will be hosting a storytelling and colouring session. Inquisitive individuals can approach one of the local marine scientists who will be roving around for those looking for a brain to pick.
For the moviegoers, feast your eyes on the incredible underwater world of reefs at the screening of the highly-acclaimed documentary Blue Planet II by BBC Earth. Watch how a cuttlefish and a grouper work closely together using fish ‘sign- language’ to catch their meal, and how others such as the bobbit worm survive alone. Closer to home, and for one day only on March 17 (3-4pm), join Rachel Quek, filmmaker and producer of Ubin, Sayang, for an in-depth conversation about her experiences working on Singapore’s last offshore kampung. The film follows Xiao Ting on her journey learning about mangrove restoration and the kampung spirit on our most charming island.
Not all activities are available on both days, so be sure to catch your preferred programme on the right day! On March 17, come nerd out with TeamSeaGrass as the ladies educate the public about seagrasses in Singapore through games and take-home activities. If you have concerns regarding Singapore’s haze occurrences, People’s Movement to Stop Haze (PM Haze) will be sharing transboundary issues of haze and the palm oil we consume, as well as provide tips on supporting sustainable businesses. On March 18, join Craft Lagoon in making marine animals using recycled materials, while the Herpetological Society of Singapore will be crafting out nifty reptile origami!
To find out more about The Fun Odyssea, head over to their FaceBook event page to get the latest updates, or like the Celebrating Singapore Shores FaceBook page. Entry to Sentosa is free for all local and permanent residents of Singapore.
What is the International Year of the Reef (IYOR)?
2018 has been declared as the third IYOR by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) to strengthen global awareness of coral reefs. The marine community in Singapore, together with 60 other countries and international groups are working hand in hand to celebrate our magnificent reefs.
UW360 is proud to be the official media partner of The Fun Odyssea.