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DBS Marina Regatta Returns with Sustainability and Local Entrepreneurship at the Forefront

The DBS Marina Regatta is on a mission to inspire a more sustainable lifestyle, and a platform for hawker-preneurs, social enterprises and aspiring musicians.

The DBS Marina Regatta is back in its eighth edition, with a mission to educate and inspire Singaporeans from all walks of life to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle.

The highlight of the DBS Marina Regatta this year will be the 23,000 sq ft maze, constructed out of RENEW material, which is made from 95% recycled material – mainly compressed “straw” made from leftover stems of agricultural crops.

Built as a sensory experience, adrenaline junkies and weekend warriors will have 12 minutes to climb, crawl, jump and swing their way through physical obstacles around the maze to test their physical speed and knowledge of critical issues facing the environment.

This year, the DBS Marina Regatta participants will also be in for a gastronomical treat dished out by second generation hawkers who have fine-tuned generations-old recipes.

From carrot cake with bacon to fresh seafood by the bay to halal kebabs and more, there is something in store for all visitors. The Marina Regatta will also be supporting the latest hawker-preneurs and social enterprises so that event-goers can feast on creative eats like Impossible Burgers, churros, rainbow tea and grilled meats from around the region.

Aspiring musicians aren’t left out as well. The DBS Marina Regatta weekend will see more than 20 young buskers sing their heart out around the bay. The event will be a platform to showcase their talent and event-goers can also enjoy the music at the Jim Beam pop-up bar which will also be a feature at the DBS Marina Regatta.

Upping the Ante on Green Initiatives

This year’s DBS Marina Regatta is a ‘race against time’ to raise eco-consciousness among individuals. Visitors can look forward to discovering and learning about sustainability issues through the immersive and interactive games and exhibitions. We have also collaborated with social enterprises on a curated series of sustainability workshops on upcycling, urban farming and soap-making.
– Shee Tse Koon, Singapore Country Head, DBS

DBS will be using recycled, re-usable, and natural materials in various ways across the event. Reusable cups, bottles, and containers will be available. All F&B stall owners will also be provided with reusable crockery and tableware, as well as biodegradable recyclable containers for takeaways.

DBS has also partnered with Sunseap, a sustainable energy provider, to set up 100 solar panels at the event venue. The solar energy generated will be used to power up Airbitat Smart Coolers, an eco-friendly and energy-saving alternative to conventional air-conditioning, that will be set-up around the Promontory. The solar energy will also be used to power certain parts of the event.

Paddling for Asia’s Largest Dragon Boating Prize Purse

Organised in partnership with the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA), the DBS Marina Regatta features the most global line-up of dragon boat teams from eight countries across Asia-Pacific and North America.

This is the first time that teams from Canada will be participating in the Regatta alongside teams from Australia, Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Brunei and Singapore.

A total of 100 teams will be competing for a combined prize purse of S$115,000. This is the largest prize purse for a dragon boating competition in Asia.

This year’s Regatta will be held from 31 May to 2 June 2019 at The [email protected] Bay. Entry to the event is free.

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