Published on : Wednesday, August 20, 2014
This Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinatown will be transformed into a picturesque floral landscape with 3,100 handcrafted flower lanterns lining the main thoroughfares of Chinatown on Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road.
Themed A Blooming Mid-Autumn, the spectacular floral street decor paints a beautiful scene with a total of six different types of flowers, including Singapore’s national flower – the Orchid, and other striking blossoms like Lily, Peony, Bauhinia, Narcissus and Frangipani.
Greater support to homegrown talents
As the organising committee for the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival, Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee (KA-KS CCC) 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, taking place on Sunday 24 August 2014, will see close to 90 per cent of the performances by Singapore’s homegrown performing groups. They include famous sand artist, Ms Tan Sock Fong and local acapella group, Micapella, rhythmic water and LED drum group, the Urban Drum Crew, mystical transformation by local dancers and school students.
Mr 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.”