BookFest@Singapore 2017 Opens at Suntec Singapore Convention Centre with a Learning Focus

BookFest at Singapore 2017

BookFest@Singapore 2017 has officially opened its doors to the public at Suntec Singapore Convention Centre, Hall 401 – 406.

This is by far the largest and most successful book and stationery festival in Singapore. The 11th edition bookfest will be held for 10 days and is expected to welcome over 600,000 visitors from 15 – 24 December 2017. The event has grown from strength to strength each year, and a clear indication of its progress is the BookFest Catalogue, which officially received an audit certification for its high print circulation of almost 148,000 copies. This, in turn, reflects the attractiveness of the offerings of the BookFest and is an encouragement to Popular to keep providing quality products to its customers.

This year, BookFest opens with the theme “Rewards” (惊喜无限), which not only encapsulates the bargains and deals available to the public across a space of 130,000 sq. ft., but also the shopping experience and a learning atmosphere where children can find books, assessment books, and educational toys, gadgets & software, while the adults can also benefit from the vast range of non-fiction and professional books.

At BookFest, the Gadgets & IT Show is housed within BookFest@Singapore 2017 for the first time and to draw attention to the inaugural Gadgets & IT Show, there were robots performing a short dance segment, and drones draped with BookFest banners at the official opening. Visitors will get a first-hand look at the hottest and latest technology – Artificial Intelligence Robots.

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During the Opening Ceremony, Colour Of Voices, the popular Malaysia’s contemporary A Cappella group gave an exciting performances to the audience. 

A video snippet of the opening ceremony of BookFest@Singapore 2017 

BookFest at Singapore 2017 Mr David Chia Tian Bin Professor Christopher Chia Teck Khiam

Guest-of-Honour, Mr David Chia Tian Bin, Independent Director of Popular Holdings Ltd and Professor Christopher Chia Teck Khiam, also an Independent Director of Popular Holdings, launched BookFest@Singapore 2017, alongside robots and drones. Photo Credit: POPULAR’s BookFest@Singapore 2017 

BookFest@Singapore 2017 was officially opened by Guest-of-Honour, Mr David Chia Tian Bin together with Professor Christopher Chia Teck Khiam, both of them are Independent Directors of Popular Holdings Ltd.

Mr Chia shared that  “When BookFest was first conceived in 2006, it was conceptualised as an extension of POPULAR’s retail presence. We wanted to bring POPULAR’s products to the people, and to make BookFest a choice destination for all in Singapore. We also wanted to make it a seamless and enjoyable experience for all. Therefore, I am proud to share that even as we welcome the beginning of a new decade for BookFest, we are staying true to our ideals. We are developing new ways to engage our customers as we push our boundaries and ascend new heights each year.”

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MediaCorp artiste Ben Yeo was at the Opening Ceremony to launch his latest cookbook, “Healthy Meals for Kids”, published by Seashore Publishing. He will also be doing a cooking demonstration on 22 December to showcase easy-to-make dishes for children.

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Don’t miss out on the rewarding experience at BookFest@Singapore 2017! 

BookFest@Singapore has established itself as Singapore’s largest and most successful book festival over the past decade. The annual mega book and stationery event is catered for book lovers, retailers, distributors, students, educators, families and working professionals. Since its inauguration in 2006, it has seen a six-fold increase in visitorship to this one-stop event, offering a comprehensive range of the best and latest publications, stationery, electronic peripherals, Gadgets & IT products and educational aids. With a multitude of children’s activities, local and overseas author appearances, guest appearances by celebrities, health and wellness programmes, literary events, along with many reading and learning opportunities.

There are lots of activities, workshops, programmes and attractive promotions/discounts/offers happening at BookFest@Singapore 2017, to find out more, please visit the following for details:


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Dive into Family Fun & Kids’ Activities at BookFest@Singapore 2017

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BookFest@Singapore 2017 is Singapore’s largest and most successful book and stationery event. Back with its 11th edition this school holidays, it is a stop not to be missed for the family. 

Here are some highlights great for the whole family:

Fun Activities & Educational Competitions for Children

The Meet & Greet segment at BookFest has always been a popular favourite amongst the kids. This year, more exciting characters will be available to charm the children up-close! Register your child for the My Little Pony Meet & Greet to catch the pony characters in a whimsical song-and-dance action live on stage and you might even get the chance to take a snapshot with them! You can also catch the all-time favourite Pikachu at the Shogakukan Asia Stage Special: Pokémon Let’s Compare! Omnibus. Back by popular demand are Geronimo Stilton and Squly, who are gearing up to wow the crowd once more. These adorable life-sized characters are guaranteed to get your child squealing in delight.

For a token fee, you can also sign your kids up for the My Little Pony Colouring Contest, and the Bodhi & Friends Colouring Contest & Zumba Party, both of which will see your child putting his/her creative energy to good use through arts and dance! Want a good platform for your child to express herself? Register her for the all-new Miss POPULAR Princess now for the chance to dress up and captivate the audience with their poise and flair as they showcase their special talents.

Star Wars fans, both young and old, will love the Star Wars Concept Booth filled with a wide range of Star Wars limited-edition merchandise, such as the all-new Special Edition Star Wars POWERbot™ VR7000 Robot Vacuum Cleaner from Samsung that will let you clean up the house in style, as well as the Star Wars App-Enabled Droids like R2D2™, BB8™, and its dark-side version known as BB-9E™ released by Sphero. Families will also be in for a treat with the limited-edition Star Wars™-inspired ice cream flavours from Udders Ice Cream, such as Darth Vader (Dark Vanilla with Cranberries) and Chewbacca (Chewy Fudge with Brownies)!

While the holidays is a great time for fun and games, there’s no reason to pass up a chance to broaden their mind at the same time. Tickle their grey cells with the POPULAR Spelling Challenge to hone their spelling skills and win attractive prizes! Otherwise, you can also bring them along to the finals of the National Malay Creative Reading Competition (NMCRC) and the National Chinese Creative Reading Competition (NCCRC) to witness the children’s passion for their mother tongue language and who knows, they might inspire your kid too!

Cooking Demonstrations & Educational Workshops for Families

If you enjoy whipping up a storm in the kitchen, you can look forward to meeting MediaCorp artiste Ben Yeo, as he serves up some of the dishes from his latest cookbook “Healthy Meals for Kids”《这样煮,孩子才爱吃》. Malaysia’s top-rated celebrity Sheila Rusly, whose claim to fame is the popular cooking show Ketuk-Ketuk Ramadan, will also grace the event to showcase her culinary skills. They will share valuable tips and interesting recipes alongside Chef Lin Norzailina Nordin and Chef Amy Wong! Prefer some fun and games instead? Catch Felicia Chin, the ambassador for Nestle, at the radio booth on 17 December (Sunday), from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, where she will be around to interact with the crowd in a Q&A session, some game-play, photo-taking and more!

If you’re keen to make full use of the school holidays to work on preparing your child for the new school year, be sure to check out a range of educational workshops like “Secrets to Score in Primary School Maths Problem Sums”, “Start Your Primary Science Journey Right!”, “An Early Head Start to Primary One” and more. These engaging workshops will help parents become more involved in their child’s academic progress and become better equipped to help them manoeuvre challenges at school.

Dive into Family Fun & Kids’ Activities at BookFest@Singapore 2017! Pick up the BookFest Catalogue from any POPULAR store for a complete list of fun activities, great bargains, and more! There’s something for everyone in the family!

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