Esplanade presents Moonfest – A Mid-Autumn Celebration

We shortlist some of the Free Programmes you may be interested in:

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with traditional Chinese arts at Moonfest – A Mid-Autumn Celebration! Apart from the ticketed performances, there are many free performances and activities for everyone to enjoy, with instrumental music, dance, crosstalk, a fashion show on traditional Chinese dress, lantern riddles, street opera with English and Chinese surtitles at the outdoor Moonfest Chinese Opera Stage, and more! Parents can also find fun ways to introduce Chinese traditions to little ones with storytelling and craft activities at PIP’s PLAYbox.

The free programmes are broadly categorised into the following section:

  • Crowd Favourite
  • Bring Your Kids
  • Old School Charm
  • Fun-Filled Activities
  • Moonfest Tea Room @ Esplanade Annexe Studio
  • Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
  • Esplanade Concourse

Crowd Favourite
Lantern Walkabout
Featuring Tian Eng Dragon and Lion Dance Centre

lantern walkabout at esplanade waterfront

Enjoy a lovely stroll along the Esplanade Waterfront with your family and friends, joined by sprightly LED phoenixes and a dragon! Bring your favourite lantern or grab a free lantern sponsored by Moonfest Arts Partner Gold Roast Instant Beverages.

Date & Time: 30 Sep 2017, Sat, 7.30pm
(Gather at the Forecourt Garden by 7.15pm)

Bring Your Kids
Craft Activity: MASKquerade

maskquerade at esplanade

In Chinese Opera, colours play a huge part in portraying a character’s mood and traits. If you were to perform on stage, what would your colours be? Create your own Chinese Opera character mask!

Date & Time: 19 Sep to 4 Oct 2017, 11am – 6pm
(Closed for cleaning: 2pm – 3pm daily)
Venue: Esplanade PIP’s PLAYbox

Storytelling: Grandmother’s Tales
Jasmine Xie & Chang Tingwei

the moonlit smile esplanade

Wa si dio jiu nang. Hi, I am a Teochew, what about you? Join Jasmine and Tingwei on a journey to find out more about Chinese dialect groups through a series of fun and engaging stories that were passed down from our grandmothers.

Date & Time: 30 Sep & 1 Oct 2017, Sat & Sun, 12.45pm (Stories in English by Jasmine Xie) | 3.15pm & 4.45pm (Stories in Mandarin by Chang Tingwei)
(Approximately 30mins for each performance.)
Venue: Esplanade PIP’s PLAYbox

Craft Workshop: Pompom Jade Rabbit
Miss Jin

In the cold Moon Palace where Chang E resides, there is a little Jade Rabbit that accompanies her. Using yarn and simple materials, make your own little pompom Jade Rabbit to keep you company this Mid-Autumn!

Date & Time: 30 Sep & 1 Oct 2017, Sat & Sun, 2pm – 6pm (Activity takes approximately 30mins to complete.)
Venue: Esplanade Concourse

Old School Charm
Moonfest Chinese Opera Stage
Xiao Kee Lin Hokkien Opera Troupe, Sin Sin Rong He Teochew Opera Troupe, Lao Sai Tao Yuan Teochew Opera Troupe and Kwok Sing Musical Association Cantonese Opera Troupe. Produced by Tok Tok Chiang.

Savour well-loved Singapore street opera scenes from yesteryear as they come alive at our outdoor street opera stage! Bask in the cool waterfront breeze and experience traditional street opera performances, all fully surtitled in English and Chinese.

Outdoor Film Screenings
Enjoy classic films under the stars with your family and friends.

Date & Time: 2 Oct 2017, Mon: The Kingdom & The Beauty (1958 Huangmei Opera film)

A young countrywoman, Li Feng embarks on a forbidden relationship with Emperor Zhengde.

Date: 3 Oct 2017, Tue: Twin Charms (1963 Teochew Opera film – one of the first Teochew picture in widescreen colour)

Gao Qing Yun is victorious in a martial arts contest to win Hou Yue Ying’s hand in marriage but she was forced into marriage with another against her will. In her escape, she encounters Gao’s twin brother and an outlaw’s daughter. A chain of events sets off misunderstandings among the four.

Date: 4 Oct 2017, Wed: Peking Opera Blues (1986 Hong Kong drama with scenes involving Peking Opera)

Set in 1913 Beijing, it depicts the adventures of a team of unlikely heroines: a patriotic rebel who dresses as a man; a woman in search of a missing box of jewels; and the daughter of a Peking Opera impresario.

Screening starts from 8pm daily
With English surtitles
Venue: The Edge, Esplanade Waterfront

“Grandfather” Storytelling
Alvin Chiam

In the days of yore where there were no TV programmes nor movies, storytellers captivated audiences with their masterful style, with stories about heroes and folk legends. Step back into time as Singapore actor Alvin Chiam tell you a story about Chang E and Hou Yi!

Date & Time: 30 Sep & 1 Oct 2017, Sat & Sun, 6.30pm & 7.45pm (Approximately 30mins for each performance.)
Performed in Mandarin
Venue: Esplanade Waterfront Canopy

Fun-Filled Activities
Activity: Fun with Chinese Riddles
Riddle Association (Singapore)

Join us in this traditional festival activity and experience the beauty of the Chinese language. Learn simple techniques on how to solve these riddles and pit your wits against fellow riddle solvers.

Date & Time: 29 Sep – 1 Oct 2017, Fri – Sun | Fri: 8pm – 10pm | Sat & Sun: 8.30pm – 10pm
Venue: Esplanade Waterfront Canopy

Activity: Water Calligraphy
Alex Liew

Be treated to a unique water calligraphy demonstration by calligraphy artist Alex Liew and try your hands at this fun form of calligraphy!

Date & Time: 30 Sep 2017, Sat, 5.30pm & 6.30pm (Approximately 30mins for each session.)
Venue: splanade Forecourt Garden

Activity: Wing Chun
Daryl Yeo

The Chinese martial art of Wing Chun is suitable for people of all ages who want to learn self-defence techniques. Come pick up some basic Wing Chun moves with instructor Daryl Yeo and relive your favourite moments from Ip Man!

Date & Time: 1 Oct 2017, Sun, 5.30pm & 6.30pm (Approximately 30mins for each session.)
Venue: Esplanade Forecourt Garden

Moonfest Tea Room @ Esplanade Annexe Studio
Looking for something different to do over the weekend? Come on down to the Moonfest Tea Room and experience a lighter side of traditional Chinese arts and culture.

Try your hand at brewing tea the traditional way or savour some on-tap cold sparkling tea from Pek Sin Choon, one of the oldest tea merchants in Singapore; try on Chinese Opera costumes and take a photo to share with your fans on Instagram; or pick up some Chinese calligraphy skills with our reusable practice sets where your words magically disappear once they dry! There are also talks, demos and performances that will give you an enjoyable introduction into the world of traditional Chinese arts and culture.

The Moonfest Tea Room is open to everyone! Young and old, beginners and arts buffs alike are invited to rediscover the beauty of Chinese arts and culture.

Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Dancing in the Moonlight
Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre

With graceful movements and high-energy routines, let the talented dancers bring you an array of captivating Chinese folk dances.

Date & Time: 29 Sep 2017, Fri, 7pm, 8.30pm & 10pm (Approximately 45mins for each performance.)
Venue: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Traditional Extravaganza

Fortitude Percussion, Minyi Sports & Arts Centre (Malaysia), and Singapore Chinese Arts Centre
A feast for your eyes and ears! Featuring rousing percussion, stunning diabolo tricks and acrobatic Chinese Opera moves that will put you on the edge of your seat.

Moonlit Melodies
NUS Chinese Orchestra

The NUS Chinese Orchestra and guest singer Ruth Kueo perform an array of classic moon-themed tunes such as Moonlight in the City, The Moon Represents My Heart and familiar Chinese orchestra pieces.

Date & Time: 1 Oct 2017, Sun, 7pm & 8.30pm (Approximately 45mins for each performance.)
Venue: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Festive Rhythms

Celebrate the festive occasion with this wind and percussion ensemble as they greet you with rousing folk tunes and other well-known Chinese classics such as The Grand Victory, Dance of the Golden Snake and more!

Martial Arts Soundtracks
Leon Ho & Benita Cheng

Singapore singers Leon Ho and Benita Cheng present a repertoire of theme songs from classic martial arts movies and TV serials such as Drunken Master, The Legend of the Condor Heroes and more!

Date & Time: 3 Oct 2017, Tue, 7.15pm & 8.30pm (Approximately 45mins for each performance.)
Venue: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Beneath the Full Moon with Kelvin Tan
Kelvin Tan Wei Lian

Get together with your friends and family on this full moon night and enjoy an evening with Kelvin Tan, winner of 2005 Project Superstar, as he belts out heart-warming and emotive xinyao songs and selections from his latest album The Singapore Songbook.

Date & Time: 4 Oct 2017, Wed, 7.15pm & 8.30pm (Approximately 45mins for each performance.)
Venue: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Community Lantern-making Workshop
Yong Kah Kin (Singapore)

Date: 22 Jul – 21 Sep 2017

In the lead-up to Moonfest, Esplanade will be organising a series of community lantern-making workshops for some 500 beneficiaries from 20 voluntary welfare organisations. Led by Singaporean artist Yong Kah Kin, participants will create a lantern in which the design was inspired by the paper ball toy, a local traditional childhood toy from the ’70s. They will also have hands-on experience doing Chinese paper-cut to decorate their lanterns.

While elderly participants get to reminisce about the good old days, children participants can peek into the childhood of the older generation and learn more about the Chinese Mid-Autumn traditions. Some workshop sessions will involve intergenerational interaction where children participants will be teaching and assisting the elderly participants in completing the lantern.

Some workshop participants will be invited to Esplanade during Moonfest to enjoy Chinese cultural performances and the Lantern Walkabout.

Photo credit: Esplanade

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