On 5 January 2011, a group of Singapore Polytechnic (SP) students and staff broke new ground with the hosting of the world’s first ‘live’ online concert for 24 hours non-stop. The project aimed to raise funds for the reconstruction of tsunami-hit Japan.
Called SPACEcares, the online concert saw a total of 100 performers, including local talents like Inch Chua, Jack and Rai, FM98.7’s The Next Big Thing winner Siti Zahidah, as well as YouTube sensation and DMC student ShiGGa Shay. The concert ended with a performance from Japanese visual rock band Secilia Luna, who beamed in their gig all the way from Japan.
Jack and Rai, Singapore’s famous duet, belt it
out at the SPACEcares concert
SPACEcares allowed the artistes and bands to broadcast their performances anywhere in the world -all they needed were their webcams and internet access. The concert was streamed from SP’s online portal SPACE, a multimedia hub that allows SP students to express themselves by creating and uploading videos, music and articles.
Organised by staff and students from the Diploma in Media and Communication (DMC) course, SPACEcares also saw students from other SP schools chipping in with their expertise, from graphics designing to managing logistics and even performing.
Head student organizer of SPACEcares, Perry Felix Shen, a third-year DMC student, said the committee plans to make the concert an annual affair.
Perry Felix Shen (left) putting his camera skills
The online concert raised $24,000, donated by sponsor Canon Singapore. All proceeds will go to the Japan Red Cross Society via the Japanese Embassy of Singapore.
If you’ve missed the concert, catch up on some of the performances at SPACEcares’ Youtube channel. And if you would like to play a part and donate, click here for more information. Donation lines are open till March 2012.
Written by Chia Kylie
Diploma in Media and Communication