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Date [ 2014-09-10, 11:45 ]
 Singapore=Koreanpress) Benjamin Kim = This Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinatown has been transformed into a picturesque floral landscape with 3,100 handcrafted flower lanterns lining the main thoroughfares of Chinatown. This was on Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road.


Themed A Blooming Mid-Autumn, the spectacular floral street décor painted a beautiful scene with a total of six different types of flowers, including Singapore’s national flower - the Joachim Orchid, and other striking blossoms like Lily, Peony, Bauhinia, Narcissus and Frangipani.


Thus the emphasis was on homegrown talents The organising committee for the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival, Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee aims to strengthen its commitment in engaging the youth and provide more opportunities to local artistes to showcase their creative talents through this year’s line-up of events.


Dr Lily Neo, Grassroots Adviser and Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC said: “Chinatown is transformed into a kaleidoscopic landscape of floral lanterns as we prepare to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. We have created plenty of opportunities during the month-long celebrations for friends and family to gather and appreciate the traditions and delightful offerings of this Chinese festival. The organising committee is also pleased to share that this year’s stage performances will be largely helmed by local artistes, giving them a platform to showcase their talent while adding a modern touch to this year’s festivities.”


As an illustration of its commitment, the Official Opening and Light Up Ceremony took place on Sunday, August 24, 2014, and saw close to 90 per cent of the performances by Singapore’s homegrown performing groups. They included famous sand artist, Tan Sock Fong and local acapella group, Micapella, rhythmic water and LED drum group, the Urban Drum Crew, dazzling performances by local dancers and school students.


Poh Chi Chuan, Director, Cultural Precincts & Tourism Concept Development, Singapore Tourism Board said: “The Mid-Autumn Festival is a key event for Chinatown that draws about a million visitors each year. The exciting line-up of activities this year promises to be an immersive experience again for visitors eager to experience Singapore’s unique multicultural identity and heritage. We are also heartened to see our local youths and homegrown talents involved in the celebrations as they play an important role in shaping and telling a compelling story of Chinatown to visitors and locals alike.”


Record-Breaking Dragon Dance

Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs graced the Opening Ceremony of the Mid-Autumn Festival as the Guest-of-Honour, kick starting the month-long Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations.


The Mid-Autumn Festival 2014 also made its mark in the Singapore Book of Records, with a record breaking dragon dance of flower-shaped lanterns that measures 28 metres, the longest ever staged locally. Crowned the ‘Longest Dragon made of Cloth Flowers’, the dragon dance took part of the performance line-up for the Opening Ceremony.


Festival Highlights

Another first this year is Singapore’s clan associations joining the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival merriments with activities to engage both their clan members as well as members of the public. Kwong Wai Siew Li Si She Shut Clan Association, Kong Chow Wui Koon and Gan Clans have organised a series of events and performances to add to the festive buzz in Chinatown.


Beautifully lighted lanterns have always been a key element of Mid-Autumn Festivals. This year, 500 children and students below the age of 16 were brought together at the annual Mid-Autumn Lantern Painting Competition. The competition, which was held on Saturday, August 16, 2014, saw various creative masterpieces that are now on display at the Garden Bridge and Pagoda Street in Chinatown.


Soak in the festive mood as friendly tour guides bring you on a complimentary Heritage Walking Trail, where you will get the opportunity to learn more about Singapore’s Chinese enclave – its Chinatown, which is rich in heritage and old-world charms. Visitors on this walking trail will be treated not only to the beautiful street décor along the bustling streets in the heart of Chinatown, but also be able to immerse themselves in the festive atmosphere.


 Festive Street Bazaar

For fans of Chinese cultural acts, folk songs, music and dance numbers, the Committee has also put together a Nightly Stage Show at Kreta Ayer Square during the festivity period.


The festival highs will culminate at the Mass Lantern Walk on Saturday, September 6 2014. Friends and families of different nationalities and culture are invited to join in the walk led by Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Social and Family Development, Second Minister for Defence and Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC.


The leisurely paced walk will start at Kreta Ayer Square and end on the main street of Chinatown which will be closed to vehicular access for the final evening of celebrations, dazzling performances and fireworks.


With a good mix of events and activities for both the young and the old, the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2014 hopes to bring everyone together to enjoy this traditional Chinese festival. abc@koreanpress.net


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