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Date [ 2014-01-20, 04:44 ]

Singapore gears itself to welcome the Chinese New Year with aplomb.


(Singapore=Koreanpress) by Benjamine Kim = A host of activities and celebrations will open up come this Chinese New Year. They have been planned over Singapore’s China town of course and also a number of other places. Many of them have been located along streets and roads for better access and viewing of the celebrations. Below is the information that can help you prepare a well-planned calendar.

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014

President Tony Tan Keng Yam will grace this special occasion as Chinatown ignites to illuminated splendour, commencing the precinct's festivities that will take place in the next seven weeks.
The evening will showcase astounding acts, choreographed by multi-award winning dance choreographer,  Zhao Bo Jun, vivid animations, visual effects and a grand musical performed by over 300 performers from 10 Singapore and overseas performing troupes. The theme for Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014 is “Galloping to Prosperity”
The three performing spots along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street includes a main stage area in front of Lucky Chinatown, which will see the musical unfurl with segments involving a romantic pink horse, a golden horse bringing wealth and a wooden horse bringing health.

Date: 11 Jan 2014 Time: 6.00pm - 10.00pm Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
Guest-of-Honour: His Excellency
Tony Tan Keng Yam,
President of Singapore

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014   Street Light-Up 2014
Ushering in the Year of the Horse, 88 illuminated life-size horse-shaped lanterns will be galloping along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street. Another 88 medium-size horse-shape lanterns will be lighted along South Bridge Road. To add to the glisten and glamour of 2014's contemporary design, the main Chinatown thoroughfare will also see 2,000 gold coins ‘floating’ above the streets. The entire setup is specially designed by the students from Singapore University of Technology and Design and produced by skilful craftsmen from Chengdu, China.
   
Date: 11 Jan - 28 Feb 2014 Time: 7.00pm - 6.00am
(30 - 31 Jan 2014)
7.00pm - 2.00am
(Fri - Sat) 7.00pm - 12.00mn
(Sun - Thu)

Venue: New Bridge Road,
Eu Tong Sen Street, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge

Festive Street Bazaar
From traditional cookies, waxed meats, pussy willows to ornamental lanterns, one can find just about anything associated with Chinese New Year at the three-week long Festive Street Bazaar.

Treat your senses to a fanfare of lights, tastes and sounds at the bazaar, featuring 480 eclectic stalls in the buzzing heart of Chinatown.    

Date: 10 - 30 Jan 2014
Time: 6.00pm to 10.30pm (daily)
6.00pm to 1.00am (Eve of CNY)
Venue: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Temple Street and Terengganu Street

Chinatown Chinese New Year Walking Trail

How else to encapsulate the buzzing atmosphere of Chinese New Year than to take a walk down our island's best-kept Chinese enclave – Chinatown?

Led by volunteers, visitors can weave through five-foot ways and restored colonial shophouses, taking in the stunning sights of the Chinese New Year décor and the sounds of the Festive Street Bazaar. The Walking Trails cover Kreta Ayer Road, Sago Street, Pagoda Street and New Bridge Road and are available on five selected days, all before Chinese New Year.    

Date: 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26 Jan 2014
Time: 3.00pm - 4.30pm and 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Meeting Point: Information booth at Kreta Ayer Square
Note: This Walking Trail is non-chargeable.

Nightly Stage Shows
Chinese cultural performances will take centre stage as Kreta Ayer Square will play host to festive and folk songs and dance feats by local and China-based entertainers. Located beside the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, the nightly productions is set to draw both locals and visitors through its colourful and expressive interpretations celebrating The Year of the Horse.    

Date: 11 - 30 Jan 2014
Time: 8.00pm - 10.30pm

Venue: Kreta Ayer Square

7th International Lion Dance Competition

Date: 18 Jan 2014
Time: 6.00pm - 11.00pm

Soaring Lions Over Water (Exhibition Match)            
This once-humble art form is now a global artistic phenomenon and Singapore will be hosting her seventh consecutive international lion dance competition by calling for lion dance troupes from around the world to gather in Chinatown for a tough fight.

Through daredevil artistry, vivid costumes and varied forms of martial arts, this two-day tournament will look to fuse both the performers' finesse and the interactivity from the crowd in conjuring up a memorable match-up for the festive new year.
Soaring Lions Over Water is an exhibition match for fans, where vividly-costumed lions playfully pivot high stilts performing audacious stunts above a specially designed water platform. This is one exhilarating event that will capture audiences on the edge of their seats.

Ticket sales:
• Single show ticket on 18 or 19 Jan 2014: S$10
• Two shows ticket on 18 and 19 Jan 2014: S$15

Tickets are available for purchase at three locations:
1 Kreta Ayer Community Club
8A Kreta Ayer Road Singapore 088995
For enquiries, please call (65) 6222 3597

2. Chinatown Visitor Centre @ Kreta Ayer Square
2 Banda Street (behind Buddha Relic Temple and Museum)
Opening hours: 9.00am to 9.00pm (Mon – Fri)
9.00am – 10.00pm (Sat & Sun)

3. Singapore National WushuFederaion
50 Serangoon Avenue 2, #04-01
Singapore 556129
For enquiries, please call (65) 6383 3638    

Date: 19 Jan 2014
Time: 6.00pm - 11.00pm
Venue: Open field beside Banda Street

“24/7 Challenge” Short Video Competition
In partnership with Republic Polytechnic’s School of Hospitality, Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee is organising a short video competition to inspire greater interest in and understanding of the culture and heritage of Chinatown, and the traditions of Chinese New Year in the youth.

Featuring more than 30 groups of four to six students, participants will be given 24 hours to conceptualise, film and produce a 2-3 minutes video that captures the essence of Chinese New Year in Chinatown.

These videos will be submitted to a panel of judges comprising representatives from Republic Polytechnic, the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014 Organizing Committee and the Singapore Tourism Board.

Members of the public can also be part of this exciting competition by voting for their favourite video on www.chinatownfestivals.sg/247challenge.

Duration of competition: 9 – 15 Jan 2014
Public voting period: 17 – 23 Jan 2014
Announcement of winners: 24 Jan 2014
Prize presentation ceremony: 26 Jan 2014 (Mass Reunion Dinner)

Prizes for winning team
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $300
Third Prize: $200
2 Consolation Prizes: $100 each

Chinatown Wishing Tree
Cast Lunar New Year wishes upon this specially installed banyan tree at Chinatown Point inspired by the renowned banyan tree in Lam Tsuen, Hong Kong. Hang your wishes onto the Wishing Tree and your wishes may just come true!

Wishing charms are available at S$2 each and all proceeds will be donated to the Kreta Ayer Seniors’ Activity Centre.
   
Date: 7 Jan - 14 Feb 2014
Time: 11.00am - 9.00pm
Venue: Chinatown Point

Mass Reunion Dinner
Organised by Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee, this annual tradition will see some 1,000 underprivileged families and elderly coming together in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Supported by Select Group, the mass reunion dinner will enable guests to enjoy a hearty dinner, all in the good spirit of Chinese New Year.    

Date: 26 Jan 2014
Time: 7.00pm - 10.00pm
Venue: Open field at Banda Street
Note: This event is by-invitation only. Not for the public.

Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party
MediaCorp Channel 8 will take the lead in hosting the island's largest festive countdown, staging an entire evening of local and regional artistes right in the heart of Chinatown. The celebration will feature live entertainment acts with an all-star ensemble of skits, festive songs and interactive games.    

Date: 30 Jan 2014
Time: 9.30pm - 12.30am
Venue: New Bridge Road and EuTong Sen Street

Chinatown Yuan Xiao Jie
As the festive celebrations draw to a close, the Yuan Xiao Jie celebration will amass highlights from Chingay Parade Singapore 2014, bringing its florid floats and skilled performers from all around the world onto the streets of Chinatown.    

Date: 9 Feb 2014
Time: 7.30pm – 10.00pm
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

“Who Has The Most Horsepower” Facebook Photo Competition
The Chinatown’s Chinese New Year celebration has taken to the social media platform with the inaugural “Who Has The Most Horsepower” Facebook photo competition. Contest encourages public to post creative Chinese New Year-inspired photos on Chinatown Festivals Facebook page. The  photo with the highest number of votes will win a generous AngPao of S$888.    

Date: 2 - 30 Jan 2014

For more information:
Website: www.chinatownfestivals.sg
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Chinatown-Festivals/186429804750588


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