Shedding (moon)light on traditional Chinese arts and Singapore’s Chinese heritage with a special selection of virtual programmes.

moonfest 2020 the esplanade

There are no ticketed items this year and there are many free online 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 subtitles and more! Parents can also find fun ways to introduce Chinese traditions to little ones with storytelling and craft activities at PIP’s PLAYbox. We shortlist some of the Free Programmes you may be interested in.

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Activity: Virtual Lantern Walk

moonfest mid autumn virtual lantern walk

Join us on our first-ever virtual interactive Moonfest Lantern Walk. Stroll along the Esplanade Waterfront and take in stunning views of the scenic nightscape! What’s more, enjoy games and performance snippets prepared for you as the tour brings you through various venues within Esplanade. There will also be fireworks waiting for your release at the end!

Date: 25 September to 25 October 2020 (Fri – Sun)
e-Venue: Online

Activity: Lantern Riddles Online

Lantern Riddles Online

Solving lantern riddles has been a time-honored way of celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival for centuries. In this virtual edition of Lantern Riddles Online, join the Riddle Association to unravel the beauty and mystery of this ancient tradition which will cover everything from poems, trivia and folklore to historical events and even social issues. Learn simple techniques from the masters and pit your wits against fellow online participants.

Date: 4 to 5 October 2020
e-Venue: Online

Craft Activity: Make Your Own Smartphone Filter

moonfest mid autumn make phone filter

Inspired by ideas of illumination from the flashlight function that many mobile phones come with, this DIY workshop will teach participants how to make their own smartphone filters. Take photos during the day with this handmade filter or use it for shadow play at night!

Date: 26 September to 4 October 2020 (Sat – Sun)
e-Venue: Online

Theatre: The Magic Paintbrush

The Magic Paintbrush

Once upon a time, there was a poor orphan boy named Ma Liang. Although he loved to draw, he was also too poor to afford a paintbrush so he used coal and a stick instead. His dedication moved the gods and they bestowed on him a magical paintbrush that brought everything he drew to life! He used the powers of the paintbrush to help the poor villagers, but when the greedy Emperor heard of this, he captured Ma Liang and forced him to paint gold and silver for him instead.




Will Ma Liang be able to escape the Emperor’s clutches and outwit his evil plans? Find out in this exciting production of The Magic Paintbrush!

A puppetry performance based on a classic Chinese folktale, this charming adaptation by the Paper Monkey Theatre will help your little ones learn about compassion and perseverance. Featuring traditional hand puppets, lively action and catchy music, The Magic Paintbrush will enthral and entertain all from the young to the young at heart!

Date: 26 September to 4 October 2020 (Sat – Sun)
e-Venue: Online

Activity: DIY Osmanthus Flower & Longan Jelly Mooncake

Moonfest DIY Osmanthus Flower & Longan Jelly Mooncake

Make it a date with your child and get your Mid-Autumn Festival off to a sweet start from the comfort of your own home. A fun way to celebrate this traditional holiday with your little ones, try your hands at making jelly mooncakes – a yummy treat for the whole family that uses healthy ingredients such as Osmanthus flower petals, wolfberries and longans!

Date: 27 September to 4 October 2020
e-Venue: Online

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Storytelling: Moon

Moonfest Storytelling Esplanade

On the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival, a calamity befalls the Moon! Xiao Yue, a Secondary School Boy, and Chang E, the Lady of the Moon, must join hands to stop this disaster from taking place.

What fate awaits them as they embark on this herculean task?

Come join the duo on this adventure-filled journey to the “Moon”!

Date: 2 to 4 October 2020 (Fri – Sun)
e-Venue: Online

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Photos credit: Esplanade





Mid-Autumn Festival falls on 1 October 2020. We have compiled a list of Mid-Autumn / Mooncake Festival events 2020 to go with the whole family in Singapore.

chinatown mid autumn festival 2020


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