Envirofest Singapore

Archive for January 2009

No photos but Wen Hua, Karen, Ria, friends and myself had a good discussion – the first time all four of us were together since last August. The important first face to face meeting with nature groups was decided for Thursday, 5th February 2009: 7.30pm at Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG).

There was wireless at SBG so that allowed the registration form to be prepared on the spot. When the rest approve it by tomorrow, it can be sent out along with a blurb to the various groups.

Wen Hua has volunteered to revisit her old job of contacting participants. We needn’t really feel guilty about burdening herβ€”it will be fun to contact the many friends she made over the 2006 and 2008 festivals. And she did convince us that her almost completed final year project and lecture schedule are not in jeopardy so we relented gratefully.

Sherlene and Kaisheng, who are the President and Vice President of Greenlink NJC respectively, met up with me to update each other on the progress of Envirofest.

Greenlink, being the co-organiser of Envirofest 2009, had been actively involved in the past two Envirofests. πŸ™‚ And I was truly excited when this group of young green minds agreed to embark this journey with me.

I mentioned to them that the event has to be postponed to July due to bad funding and venue support and they shared that theirexams will be around that period too. Hmmm … I really hope they have enough manpower to run the show with me on the first weekend of July, but they are still contributing ALOT to this event.

They proposed an art competition for the juniors, which is fantastic, because having children around would make the event more youthful (haha) and we are sure that this can attract many other parents and young families too.

On top of this, Greenlink hopes to gather enough can tabs to hold a “Guess the Number of Can Tabs” competition to engage passers-by.

They have also liaised with NJC Art club to help out in Envirofest as well. πŸ™‚ I am really poor in the designing the publicity material, so the participation of the Art club is really a bonus for us. πŸ™‚

After Envirofest 2008, I dashed off some observations on the Toddycats blog. Amongst the notes was this:

  • Exhibitions of this nature have always been the best time to network and plan, and Envirofest itself was the main topic of discussions that I had with various other groups.
  • Unable to cope with numerous festivals and exhibition requests, I would like at least one major predictable festival that the community can plan, prepare for and collaborate on.
  • Also, to collectively offer activities to the public in the weeks after Envirofest.
  • Everyone I talked to was game, so Wenhua, call for a post-Envirofest debrief!

Wenhua, Ria, Karen and myself, along with Debby met after the first day of IYOR (08/08/08) to catch up with this discussion during Envirofest earlier in July. We sketched out a rough plan in which the nature groups would look to getting a bit more organised so Wenhua can focus on the venue, sposorship and the like. Over email later, Eugene from Asia is Green agreed to do the likewise for green businesses.

Since then, I’ve had a couple more meetings with Wenhua and at the last on 7th January 2009, she updated me about the NJC students who will run this blog, the venue and sponsorship options which have of course dried up with the financial climate. Still, she is about to confirm a date and it will be time for us to get things started very soon…