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Date [ 2013-09-11, 11:35 ]
Lanterns come alive in Singapore for this festival

(Kuala Lumpur=Koreanpress) Advertorial Article = From August 31 to October 4, 2013, Chinatown will be enlivened and lit up by Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations and decorations. Organized by Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee (KAKSCCC), Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 will showcase an exciting, colourful and vibrant month long programme, based on the theme ‘Kaleidoscope of Lanterns’ 

Kicking off the festivities was the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony 2013. This was held on Saturday, September 7. 2013 with the Guest-of-Honour being Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home.

The Festive Street Light-up that commenced on September 7, will continue till October 4, 2013. Visitors are bound to be enchanted by the lantern-themed decorations of Chinatown along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, South Bridge Road and the inner streets in Chinatown, all of which have been decorated and lit up by a spectacular myriad of over 20,000 colourful lanterns in five shapes and sizes as well as in seven hues, and thus creating a kaleidoscope of colours.

With over 20,000 multi-coloured lanterns featured in the Chinatown Festive Street Light-up, KAKSCCC has set a new record in the Singapore Book of Records for the ‘Largest Display of Street Lanterns’ beating last year’s record of 16,800 lanterns.

Not to be missed is the 9.6 metre tall, 7metre by 7 metre wide giant lantern which now stands between New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street, facing Chinatown Point. Made up of over 580 multi-coloured lanterns, this giant decoration has also achieved a new record, as the ’Largest Lantern Structure made of Lanterns’ in the Singapore Book of Records. The new accolades will be presented to the organiser by Ong Eng Huat, President of Singapore Book of Records.

The Official Light-up and Opening Ceremony celebration was staged on the main thoroughfare of Chinatown along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street, including the main stage area between Temple Street and Pagoda Street. The celebration comprised 10 vibrant and colourful performances of dance, music, skits, acrobatics, martial arts and a dragon dance involving over 300 local and overseas performers from China and Taiwan.

Hosted by bilingual host Danny Yeo, the ceremony featured an original musical titled “Kaleidoscope of Lanterns” conceptualised and directed by multi-talented director, Zhao Bo Jun. 

It began when a group of students visited the Chinatown Heritage Centre to research on “Mid-Autumn Festival” and find an old kaleidoscope. They are intrigued by the changing patterns in the kaleidoscope that looked like dancing shapes and colours. Combining gravity-defying acrobatic movements in dance, LED-dragon dance steps, multi-cultural performances, martial arts and multi-media visual displays, the 3-act musical centred on the significance of celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinatown.

The audience was enthralled and entertained by the rousing LED dragon and lantern dances performed by the award winning Nam Sieng Dragon & Lion Dance Activity Centre. Next was the modern Kaleidoscope dance by the Performing Arts Association of Singapore and the Tianyu Acrobatics Group of China. From Taiwan came the Fang Shiang Dance Theatre with their flag dance and cultural dances. The ‘Dance of a Thousand Legs’ was actively brought to life with the acrobatics of the Henan Acrobatic Troupe from China. The home fare was a multi-cultural music and dance performance by the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra, the Maya Dance Theatre and the Azpirasi Dance Group.

This opening festival culminated in a spectacular 3-minute fireworks display.


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