We'll likely be seeing an illuminated sea of pink at Hong Lim Park again this year. Singapore's landmark pride celebration, Pink Dot, is making a return to Speakers' Corner following its reopening after a two-year closure.
The event space at Hong Lim Park has been closed since circuit breaker restrictions were imposed in April 2020. During that period, Pink Dot has had to swap its Hong Lim Park spot for special livestreams via its online platforms. This saw the local LGBTQ community and straight allies celebrating all-inclusive love from home – with digital messages of support, a digital pink dot, and houses across the island lighting up in pink hues.
Pink Dot organisers have confirmed that they will return on June 18 and 19 this year. However, it will likely be a smaller event. National Parks Board (NParks), which manages Hong Lim Park, has said that crowd sizes must not exceed 950 people at a time. Group sizes must not exceed 10 people too, with safe distancing between groups and individuals. And usual Speakers' Corner restrictions apply – only Singaporeans and PRs will be allowed to attend any events at the park.
Nevertheless, break out your best pink gear and get ready to take a stand. Exact details about the programming have not been released, but if previous Pink Dot parades are anything to go by, we can expect an atmosphere of celebration and solidarity backed by speeches performances, food trucks and more. And not forgetting the main message: that the LGBTQ community is and deserves a place in Singapore society.