Published on : Wednesday, August 31, 2016
An annual affair not to be missed, the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2016 returns with a retelling of the most traditional folklore behind the festival to let visitors, and especially our younger generation, to rediscover its origins and history.
During the month-long celebrations from 2 to 30 September 2016, locals and overseas visitors to Chinatown will not only be able to admire the impressive lantern display that brings to life the traditional folklore of Chang’e and Hou Yi, the legend will also be told through spectacular stage performances such as acrobatic acts and dances, combined with special lighting and high-tech visual effects, at the Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on 3 September 2016.
This Mid-Autumn Festival also marks the very first time that the streets of Chinatown will be lit up with LED light lanterns, employed by organiser, Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee (KA-KS CCC) to make the Street Light-Up more environmentally-friendly. About 900 lanterns have been fitted with LED lights, which will help to reduce the total amount of electricity used by up to 70%. The LED lights, which also shine brighter, will enhance the overall visual effect of the street decorations for the annual festival, themed “A Sparkling Mid-Autumn Festival @ Chinatown”. A 12-metre tall Chang’e sculptured lantern forms the centerpiece of this year’s Street Light-Up.
To keep the conversation going with the younger generation, KA-KS CCC will be organising the first-ever Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Learning Journey for 200 students aged 16 and below from Jalan Besar GRC. During this special tour, they will get to learn more about the festival’s history as well as the rich heritage of Chinatown.
Visitors can also learn about the meaning and heritage behind the Mid-Autumn Festival through the line-up of special programmes and activities such as the Lantern Painting Competition for students, Heritage Walking Trail, Mid-Autumn Festival Festive Bazaar, Nightly Stage Shows, and Mass Lantern Walk. Adding to the line-up is “Celebrating the Moon @ Chinatown Heritage Centre”, a series of Mid-Autumn festivities highlighting traditional stories, customs, childhood joys and memories related to the festival, presented by KA-KS CCC and Chinatown Heritage Centre.