Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival with a Local Twist at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
If Mid-Autumn Festival (traditionally celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month) only reminds of mooncakes and lanterns, the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) is set to surprise with its first ever Mid-Autumn Celebration @ SCCC on 15 September 2018 that will feature a host of family-friendly activities presented with a local twist.”
We are always looking to create accessible entry points to introduce our Singapore Chinese culture to a wider audience, including the younger generation. While the Mid-Autumn Festival has its long-standing practices, we have also injected local elements into the Mid-Autumn Celebration @ SCCC, enabling us to pay tribute to our heritage while ensuring our programmes resonate with the public. An exciting day of celebration all around the centre awaits visitors of different interests,” said Mr Lee Ee Wurn, Programmes Director of SCCC.
Legends and stories come alive
Tales by the Moonlight by Paper Monkey Theatre
Many myths and legends speak of the origins of the Mid-Autumn Festival. To bring these stories alive, SCCC has curated programmes including an exciting mass escape activity around SCCC as visitors role-play as divine timekeepers to restore the trail of destruction wrought by Tieguai Li’s demigod son. They can also learn about the antics of Houyi, Chang’e and the Jade Rabbit through a rod puppetry show by Paper Monkey Theatre at the Recital Studio.
Adding a scientific touch to culture
Starry Night Planetarium Show
Inspired by the tradition of moon gazing in the evening of Mid-Autumn Festival, SCCC will partner Science Centre Singapore to present an experiential Starry Night Planetarium Show and an astronomy exhibition at its Multi-Purpose Hall. Visitors will learn about the solar systems, the moon, and how the ancients locate their positions and distinguish the seasons just by looking at the stars. They can even play around with light diffusion as part of a LED lantern making workshop.
Traditions presented anew
Tales of Houyi by Tok Tok Chiang
Staying true to the tradition of staging Chinese operas and music performances in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, SCCC has partnered with Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) to present a sharing session by Mdm Li Qiu Ping, the master teacher of ITI and Shanghai Theatre Academy, on unique features of different Chinese opera genres. Thereafter, visitors are welcomed to enjoy Tales of Houyi that will be staged in Teochew with Mandarin and English narratives by Teochew opera company Tok Tok Chiang.
Entertainment galore at the Celebration
Other exciting activities throughout the day include enchanting performances of music compositions such as Teresa Teng Medley by Chamber Kakis (previously known as Ding Yi Youth Ensemble) at the Auditorium, as well as a student-guided heritage trail of Singapore’s Central Business District by students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic and ITE West. With a lantern on hand under the glow of the moon, visitors will be able to discover the Golden Shoe area and discover the history of Singapore’s “Wall Street”.
Mr Low Sze Wee, Chief Executive Officer of SCCC said, “Mid-autumn Festival is traditionally an occasion for family reunions. Similarly, we see the Mid-Autumn Celebration @ SCCC as a gathering of like-minded partners to promote our Singapore Chinese culture and revel in good spirits together. We’d like to express our appreciation to the many partners who are part of our inaugural celebration of this Festival.”
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Mid-Autumn Celebration @ SCCC 《花好月圆中秋庆团圆》
Date: 15 September 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 10am – 7.15pm
Venue: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906)
Free admission: Pre-registration is required here
Get set for an enchanting day of lunar appreciation at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre with its first-ever Mid-Autumn Celebration. With a wide variety of activities including cultural appreciation talks, mass escape activity, craft workshops, a planetarium show, musical acts, puppetry and opera performances, and a heritage trail in the heart of the Central Business District, the centre is the venue to be for families and friends, young and old to rediscover the allure of Mid-Autumn.
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[Do note that there will be road closures around the Marina Centre area on 15 September 2018 for the Singapore Grand Prix. For more information, visit here.]
“Starry Night” Planetarium Show & Astronomy Exhibition
Time: 10am – 6.30pm (The show happens every 30 minutes, with a 15-minute break after each session. There will be a break between 12.45pm – 2pm.)
Venue: SCCC SCCCI Multi-Purpose Hall, Level 7
Info: The planetarium show has a limited capacity of 25 pax per session.
By the light of the Autumnal moon, you can see the star-spangled sky. Under an inflatable dome, the Planetarium Show by the Science Centre Singapore, will enable you to experience the beauty of the universe and learn how the ancients locate their positions and distinguish the seasons by looking at the stars. In addition, the Astronomy Exhibition will enhance your knowledge of the solar system and the moon. Learn all the scientific and cultural aspects of the moon at one go.
LED Lantern Making Workshop
Time: 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 6.30pm
Venue: SCCC SCCCI Multi-purpose Hall, Level 7 (each session will take around 1 hours)
Construct a lantern from scratch. From the variety of materials available, build your own unique LED lantern. Under the expert guidance of Science Centre Singapore staff, you can learn scientific concepts such as light diffusion in a fun way!
Four Skills of Beijing Opera: An Appreciation of Tradition
Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Recital Studio
Beijing Opera, one of five most iconic genres of Chinese opera, is an art form encompassing literature, music, arts, dance and acrobatics. It originates from Emperor Qianlong’s reign during the Qing dynasty. Listen to Mdm Li Qiu Ping, instructor of Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) and Shanghai Theatre Academy, expound its unique features and her approach in training students from ITI who will demonstrate for her session.
Tales by the Moonlight
Time: 11.30am – 12nn
Venue: Recital Studio
Watch your favourite Mid-Autumn characters come alive with Paper Monkey Theatre’s rendition of Tales by the Moonlight. Be fascinated by the antics of Houyi, Chang’e, the Ten Suns and the Jade Rabbit through music and rod puppetry. Learn more about the legends behind the Mid-Autumn Festival with Paper Monkey!
Tales of Houyi: A Chinese Opera Performance
Time: 2.30pm – 3pm
Tok Tok Chiang may be a young company but it is a leading light in the promotion of Chinese opera. It’s latest offering, Tales of Houyi, showcases the best of Teochew Opera. Sung in Teochew with Mandarin and English narratives, the performance features Nick Shen in the lead role. Visitors can also mingle with the performers after the show and participate in a photo-taking session.
Chamber Kakis Report!
Time: 6pm – 6.30pm
Let Chamber Kakis help kickstart your mid-autumn celebrations. Be entertained by their musical pieces of Teresa Teng Medley, the exotic Dunhuang, and chamber music compositions such as Two in the Morning, etc. Previously known as Ding Yi Youth Ensemble, the group topped the Ensemble category of the 2014 National Chinese Music Competition.
Operation Rescue Mid-Autumn: A Mass Escape Activity
Time: 10am – 12nn, 12nn – 2pm, 2pm – 4pm, 4pm – 6pm (each session will take around 2 hours)
Venue: Around SCCC, registration at Concourse
As a divine timekeeper, you have been summoned by Tieguai Li to restore the trail of destruction wrought by his demigod son, Feng Meng. He has conjured a powerful time-freezing spell and sent you on a mission to restore order before the Jade Emperor finds out.
Lighting up the CBD: A Heritage Trail of Singapore’s “Wall Street”
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm (Mandarin), 7.15pm – 8.45pm (English)
Registration at Concourse
Join us on a walk of Singapore’s CBD with lanterns lighting up your way – from Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre via Shenton Way and Robinson Road, to Lau Pa Sat. Ngee Ann Polytechnic and ITE West students will conduct guided tours at 7.15pm (English) and 7pm (Mandarin) where you will savour the ambience of the Golden Shoe area and discover the history of Singapore’s “Wall Street”.
For more information, please visit www.singaporeccc.org.sg.
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