Singapore Celebrates Pride With Nation.03
16 Jun, 2003
SINGAPORE - The third annual NATION party, hailed by the international press as "Singapore's coming out party," will include the main party on Sentosa on August 8, 2003 as well as a welcome party and a poolside recovery party the day after.
For the first time since its inception in 2001, NATION.03 festivities will now include three events over the Singapore National Day weekend. In addition to the main event held on August 8 at the Musical Fountain in Singapore's resort island of Sentosa, a welcome party will be held on August 7 at Why Not bar and a poolside recovery party at Big Splash (a water theme park) and Tunnel club, on August 9.
Described by many as the "Mardi Gras of Asia," NATION has broken ground and set records for gay and lesbian parties in the region. Attracting some 1,500 partygoers in 2001, and 2,500 in 2002, NATION is easily the largest party of its kind. The international press hailed NATION as "Singapore's coming out party," and even the local press came out in support, calling NATION "Singapore's unparalleled alternative party" and "A party not to be missed!"
"NATION is no longer 'just a dance party.' In three short years, NATION has evolved into a major celebration of social diversity and acceptance. In recent years, Singapore as a country has moved towards being a society highly tolerant of diversity, and Nation reflects this shift in mindset. The Singapore GLBT community is both grateful, as well as very proud, to be able to celebrate National Day in this manner, with the rest of the country, without shame or fear of discrimination."Says Stuart Koe, CEO of Fridae.com, the organiser of the event.
Based in Hong Kong, Fridae is a diversified media and services company implementing an integrated strategy that covers the Internet, Publishing and Events. As the gay media leader in Asia, Fridae provides unparalleled reach to the valuable, yet diverse and hard to reach gay and lesbian communities in the region.
Fridae's innovative online portal (www.fridae.com) leverages the distribution power and reach of the Internet to provide products and services to more than 350,000 consumers each month and more than 80,000 registered members. The Fridae Guide, slated for 3Q 2004, is a comprehensive 3-volume travel guide covering 23 countries and over 50 cities in Asia-Pacific, offering invaluable travel insights and tips to first-time and experienced travelers alike. Fridae Events include parties such as Nation and Snowball, as well as seminars covering topics such as personal financial planning - offering companies valuable offline exposure and marketing opportunities. Fridae uses its expertise to offer forward-looking companies online advertising and branding as well as offline strategies and direct marketing programs. Fridae has been named Official Asia Media of the Sydney Mardi Gras for 2003-2004.