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Youth Talent Concert 2007 to raise funds for President's Challenge

Singapore, 1 June 2007 - An all-new youth talent quest with a charity twist is coming your way!

The search is on for talented youths aged between 12 and 35 to showcase their talents for a good cause. Organised by Chinese Newspapers Division of Singapore Press Holdings, the inaugural Youth Talent Concert 2007 (青春展才艺) aims to promote Chinese culture and art forms through musical or dance performances by individual or group performers. Apart from the usual singing and dance performances, the organiser is also searching for other talents who can perform Chinese cross-talk, rap, vocal techniques like beat-boxing and even martial arts.

Participants who are shortlisted at the audition in July will perform before a live audience at the Youth Talent Concert on 1 September at the Singapore Conference Hall.

Proceeds from the sale of concert tickets will be donated to the beneficiaries under President’s Challenge 2007.

This unique talent search allows participants the artistic freedom to choreograph their own performances which must have the pre-requisite of combining traditional Chinese art forms with the performance of their choice.

A judging panel consisting of experts in the arts and entertainment industry will select the best performers at the audition to be showcased at the Youth Talent Concert.
This year, the Chinese Newspapers Division aims to raise $100,000 for President’s Challenge 2007 through the Youth Talent Concert.

Mr Seow Choke Meng, Executive Vice President of Administration Division, Times Properties cum Cultural Industry Promotion, Chinese Newspapers Division said: "Chinese Newspapers Division has been supporting the President’s Challenge since 2002. For the past few years, it has organised the popular ZPop Charity Concert, one of the biggest Chinese pop concerts in Singapore, to raise funds for the underprivileged.

This year, with the Youth Talent Concert, we hope to promote and showcase Chinese art forms presented with a modern twist. We hope this will also nurture the appreciation of Chinese culture and arts among younger Singaporeans."

SPH, as the nation’s leading media group, has also been supporting the President’s Challenge with sponsored advertisements in major newspapers to promote fund-raising since 2001. Meanwhile, The New Paper of SPH organises the annual Be Yourself Day in schools in support of the Challenge too.

Registration details for the Youth Talent Concert as follows:

Who is eligible
Performers (not more than 15 members for group performers) must be Singapore citizens or permanent residents aged between 12 and 35.

How to enter
Make a DVD, VCD or CD recording of your audition piece. Include a photograph with your personal particulars; name, i/c number, age, nationality, address, email and contact numbers a one-page write-up about yourself and why you want to be a part of President’s Challenge’s Youth Talent Concert.

Participants should state any national or international awards they have won.

Audition materials should be sent to:

"Youth Talent Concert 2007" Auditions
c/o Cultural Industry Promotions Department
Chinese Newspapers Division
Singapore Press Holdings
1000 Toa Payoh North, News Centre
Singapore 318994

Closing date for submission is 15 July. Shortlisted performers will be invited to an audition. For more details on registration and audition, please contact 6227 7087.

About President’s Challenge
The President´s Challenge is an annual series of community-based activities initiated by President S R Nathan in 2000. The aims of the President´s Challenge are firstly, to increase awareness about how the community can get involved in helping the less fortunate and secondly, to raise funds for the social service sector. The funds raised from this year´s Challenge will go to the 32 appointed beneficiaries.

Please see media release in Chinese
青春无限展才艺 为总统挑战筹善款

新加坡,2007年6月1日-全新的才艺“选秀”活动即将开锣!
如果你的年龄介于12岁至35岁,又想为慈善展现才华,赶快行动!新加坡报业控股华文报集团主办首届
《青春展才艺》演出,通过音乐和舞蹈表演推广华族文化与艺术。除了歌舞表演外,主办单位也希望挖掘相
声、饶舌(RAP)、口技,甚至是武术等方面才华横溢的青年。

通过7月选拔的表演者,将有机会于9月1日在新加坡大会堂,在观众面前献艺。演出晚会的净收益,
将捐献给总统挑战慈善活动的指定慈善团体。

这项别出心裁的才艺选秀要求表演者发挥创意,在表演项目中结合传统中华文化。表现特出、
而又获得评审青睐的表演者,将在《青春展才艺》晚会上献艺,为慈善尽力。

华文报集团希望这项演出,能为总统挑战慈善筹得10万元善款。

行政集团、时报产业兼华文报文化产业部执行副总裁萧作鸣说:“过去几年来,
华文报集团从2002年起一直支持总统挑战慈善活动,包括近年来深受年轻人欢迎的
《早报闹翻天慈善演唱会》。今年,我们希望通过《青春展才艺》演出,
以新面貌新手法呈献华族表演艺术,并培养年轻新加坡人鉴赏中华文化与艺术的兴趣。

”自2001年,报业控股也通过赞助广告的方式,支持与推广总统挑战慈善活动。另外,《
新报》也通过每年主办“Be Yourself Day”,支持总统挑战慈善。

《青春展才艺》详情如下:

参加资格:
表演者可以个人的方式报名参加,或是组成不超过15人的小组,
且年龄必须介于12至35岁,是新加坡公民或永久居民。

参加办法:
把你的表演录制成DVD,VCD或CD,并连同你的照片、
个人资料(姓名、身份证号码、年龄、国籍、地址、电邮和联络电话),
以及一小段个人简历和解释你为什么要参加总统挑战慈善的《青春展才艺》,
寄到以下地址:

“Youth Talent Concert 2007”
c/o Cultural Industry Promotions Department
Chinese Newspapers Division
Singapore Press Holdings
1000 Toa Payoh North, News Centre
Singapore 318994

参加者请注明所得过的任何全国或国际奖项。报名截止日期为7月15日。
欲知更多详情,可拨电6227 7087查询。

关于总统挑战慈善活动:
总统挑战慈善是一项常年筹款活动,由总统纳丹于2000年发起。
慈善活动的目的主要是增进社群对社会中不幸人士的认识,同时为福利团体筹款。

今年总统挑战慈善活动所筹得的款项,将分发给32个指定的收益机构。



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For media queries, please contact:

Susan Tan/ Ann Choo
Cultural Industry Promotion
Chinese Newspapers Division
Tel: 6319 1902 / 6319 1968
Email: tanccs@sph.com.sg/ choowta@sph.com.sg

Francis Mah
Corporate Communications
Tel: 6319 1028
Email: mahys@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Newspapers and Magazines

Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is the leading media company in Singapore, delivering news and information through print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. In Singapore, it publishes 14 newspapers in four languages. Every day, 2.7 million individuals or 83 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes over 90 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.

Internet and Mobile

Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 100 million pageviews with 6 million unique visitors every month. SPH’s online and new media initiatives include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service, ZapCode; recruitment and job search service, ST701; and STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging.

Broadcasting

SPH has a 20 percent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 percent stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has a 80 percent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company, and a 35 percent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.

Properties

SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.