In pics: from inception to 2017, celebrating Esplanade's 15th birthday

Happy birthday to Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.
Happy birthday to Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. Photo courtesy: FB Page of Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

Happy 15th birthday to Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay!

Esplanade Theatre
Esplanade Theatre. Photo courtesy: Mori Hidetaka

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay turns 15 today and they have invited everyone to visit one of the world’s busiest arts centres to see it in a new light.

The southern Singapore coast, now known as Marina Bay, was selected for extensive land reclamation in the 1970s, to accomodate a new city centre with new amenities such as Esplanade.
The southern Singapore coast, now known as Marina Bay, was selected for extensive land reclamation in the 1970s, to accomodate a new city centre with new amenities such as Esplanade. Photo courtesy: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
An early model of Esplanade in 1994.
An early model of Esplanade in 1994. Photo courtesy: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

Opened on October 12, 2002, the venue which has hosted over 37,000 performances, packing its venues with 26 million audiences and drawing 92 million visitors since its inception.

Esplanade's Groundbreaking Ceremony on 11 August 1996. (from left: Steering committee members architect Raymond Woo, Tan Swan Beng of the PUblic Works Department, then Minister for Information and the Arts George Yeo, then Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan helped by Nanyang High SChool's Ong Ee Sin, then Singapore Arts Centre chairman Robert Iau, then National Arts Council Chairman Liu Thai Ker and DP Architects' Koh Seow Chuan.
Esplanade's Groundbreaking Ceremony on 11 August 1996. (from left: Steering committee members architect Raymond Woo, Tan Swan Beng of the Public Works Department, then Minister for Information and the Arts George Yeo, then Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan helped by Nanyang High School's Ong Ee Sin, then Singapore Arts Centre chairman Robert Iau, then National Arts Council Chairman Liu Thai Ker and DP Architects' Koh Seow Chuan. Photo courtesy: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
VIPs at Esplanade's opening event (seated, left to right - then Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and Mrs Goh, then President SR Nathan and Mrs Nathan, and then Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew and Mrs Lee.
VIPs at Esplanade's opening event (seated, left to right - then Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and Mrs Goh, then President SR Nathan and Mrs Nathan, and then Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew and Mrs Lee. Photo courtesy: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Esplanade outdoor theatre. Photo courtesy: Esplanade - Theatres on the BayEsplanade outdoor theatre.
Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. Photo courtesy: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Esplanade Corporate Library. Photo courtesy: Mori Hidetaka
Esplanade Corporate Library. Photo courtesy: Mori Hidetaka
​Esplanade Corporate Library Theatre. Photo courtesy: Mori Hidetaka
Esplanade Corporate Library Theatre. Photo courtesy: Mori Hidetaka
Pip's Playbox. Photo courtesy: Bryan van der Beek
Pip's Playbox. Photo courtesy: Bryan van der Beek
Aluminium sunshades ornament the roof of the Esplanade.
Aluminium sunshades ornament the roof of the Esplanade. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia
The durian-shaped Esplanade stands out in front of the Marina Square area
The durian-shaped Esplanade stands out in front of the Marina Square area. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia
Photo by Alvin Ho, Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Photo by Alvin Ho, Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Photo by Aloysius Lim, Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Photo by Aloysius Lim, Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

From October 12 to 31, the number “15” will be emblazoned on the centre’s twin domes every evening. Thousands of dome lights will create this and other designs in a series of special dome light-ups ringing in this milestone for Esplanade.

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