Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with traditional Chinese arts at Moonfest 2019 – A Mid-Autumn Celebration At Esplanade 艺满中秋!

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

The free programmes are broadly categorised into the following sections:

  • Activity
  • Storytelling
  • Theatre
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Roving

Related Read: Exciting Things To Do This September School Holidays in Singapore 2019


ACTIVITY

Lantern Walkabout

lantern walkabout at esplanade waterfront

Enjoy a lovely moonlit stroll along the Esplanade Waterfront with your family and friends, while carrying your favourite lantern under the moonlit night.

Date: 14 September 2019
Time: 7.45pm (Gather at Esplanade Forecourt Garden by 7.30pm)
Venue: Esplanade Forecourt Garden

Fun with Chinese Riddles

Solving lantern riddles has been an essential part of Chinese cultural heritage for centuries. Join the Riddle Association and explore the beauty of the Chinese language through this fun traditional activity. Learn simple solving techniques from our riddle masters and pit your wits against fellow solvers.

Date: 13 to 15 September 2019
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Esplanade Waterfront Canopy

Craft Activity: Bunny celebrates the Mid-Autumn at PLAYbox!

Help Bunny get ready to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at PIP’s PLAYbox! Follow the simple folding instructions to bring Bunny to life. You can also decorate Bunny with your favourite colours and patterns!

Date: 1 – 18 & 23 – 30 September 2019
Time: 11am – 6pm (Closed for cleaning: 2pm – 3pm daily)
Venue: PIP’s PLAYbox

Activity: Watch Learn Play Weiqi

Weiqi, or Go as they call it internationally, is an ancient board game which originated from China over 3,000 years ago. Come and learn how to play this ancient strategy game in a casual and fun manner! Guided by the friendly facilitators from the Singapore Weiqi Association, pit your wits against each other and experience this mind sport! No prior knowledge is required.

Date: 14 & 15 September 2019
Time: 3pm – 7pm
Venue: Esplanade Concourse

STORYTELLING

Storytelling: My “Unusual” Family

Every year during the Mid-Autumn Festival, GuaiGuai and her family of magical monsters gather to celebrate. However, she is often teased for not being monstrous enough. GuaiGuai is tired of feeling bad about herself and needs help to find her very own special monster power in time for the party!

Join GuaiGuai and her family in a fun-filled performative storytelling session about self-discovery and acceptance by Ang Xiao Ting, featuring designs by Teh Xiang Her.

Date: 14 & 15 September 2019
Time: 12.30pm (English) | 3.30pm & 4.30pm (Chinese)
Venue: PIP’s PLAYbox

THEATRE

Street Opera Charms

Savour well-loved Singapore street opera performances from yesteryear as they come alive at our Forecourt Garden! Get up-close with the performers from Sin Yong Hua Heng Teochew Opera Troupe as they present an open-air performance of classic excerpts such as Meeting by the Well and The Wood Room under a moonlit night!

Date: 15 September 2019
Time: 6.45pm, 7.45pm & 8.45pm
Venue: Esplanade Forecourt Garden

Little Plum Blossom Xiqu Showcase

Don’t miss this feast for the eyes and ears at this xiqu (Chinese Opera) showcase featuring Little Plum Blossom performers—young artists under the age of 14 who hold one of the highest theatrical accolades in China!

The talented young ones will be performing classical xiqu excerpts of different genres including jingju (Peking Opera), yueju (Cantonese Opera) and pingju (Ping Opera).

Date: 14 September 2019
Time: 7pm, 8.15pm & 9.30pm
Venue: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Enchanting Shadow Puppetry

Don’t miss unique traditional shadow puppetry performances by the Taishan Shadow Puppet Art Troupe, as they present performance excerpts from classics such as Shi Gandang Fights the Evil Wolf, Frog-Turtle-Crane and more.

Taishan shadow puppetry has a history of more than 600 years. The earliest record about the art form is in the book Tao Wu Xian Ping from the Ming dynasty. In 2006, it was listed in the first batch of China’s National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage and in 2011, it was listed as UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage. This folk art is usually performed by a single performer who recites dialogue, sings songs, manipulates the puppet, and plays the instruments by his feet, all at the same time. It is also called “Shi Bu Xian” and currently being preserved and passed down by the Fan family from the Taishan Shadow Puppet Art Troupe.

Date: 13 to 15 September 2019
Time: 7.45pm & 9pm
Venue: Esplanade Courtyard




MUSIC

Of Painted Faces and Tinkling Ivories

Cantonese Opera is a popular xiqu (Chinese Opera) form in Singapore, originating from Guangdong province in southern China. Traditionally accompanied by Chinese music instrument, this performance presents an alternative aural experience as Cantonese Opera artist Gary Ong and musician August Lum come together for the first time to present their unique interpretations of Cantonese Opera classics with solo piano. Also joining them on stage is opera artist Candice Chia.

Date: 13 September 2019
Time: 7.15pm, 8.15pm & 9.15pm
Venue: Esplanade Concourse

Teochew Beats!

Immerse yourself in the boisterous and jubilant sounds of traditional Teochew gong and drum music with the Nam Hwa Teochew Music Ensemble. Look forward to classics such as An Auspicious Union, Riding on the Waves of Triumph, as well as an audience participation segment where you can try your hand at this traditional art form!

Date: 13 September 2019
Time: 7.45pm, 8.45pm & 9.45pm
Venue: Esplanade Forecourt Garden

Chinese Crosstalk x A Capella

Also known as xiangsheng, Chinese crosstalk is a witty, humorous and light-hearted performing art that features wordplay rich in puns and allusions, and sometimes accompanied by singing, rapping and music instruments. Contrastingly, a cappella music is a form with origins in Italy, and refers to group or solo singing without music accompaniment. How will these two vastly different art forms sound like together? Don’t miss this unique showcase of language, wit and music.

Date: 15 September 2019
Time: 2.30pm, 3.30pm & 4.30pm
Venue: Esplanade Concourse

Guzheng Crossover

Sara Heng presents a performance showcasing the acoustic and electric guzheng in a variety of genres, from the traditional to the contemporary, and even ambient and experimental music. She is accompanied by keyboardist Sylvester Liew and drummer Jimmy Chong.

The guzheng is a traditional Chinese plucked musical instrument that has a history of more than 2,500 years and Heng is known as a representative of the new generation of guzheng artists that possess momentum and versatility.

Date: 14 September 2019
Time: 7.15pm, 8.15pm & 9.15pm
Venue: Esplanade Concourse

The Quartet Rocks the Moon

Oh that bright moon, shining from 384,000 kilometres away. At a glance it seems flawless, but look closer and you’ll find that it’s not as smooth as you think! Likewise, residing in the moon palace is Chang’e, who might not be as fairy-like as you expect.

Singapore’s top radio group Yu Jian Huang Chong—consisting of Chen Biyu, Marcus Chin, Mark Lee and Dennis Chew—presents a less-known story about the moon! Join them for a comical mid-autumn night, with folk, dialect and xinyao songs, and even Qiong Yao movie themes!

Date: 15 September 2019
Time: 7pm & 8.15pm
Venue: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre




Tunes of Hakka

The Hakka Melody Group of Char Yong (Dabu) Association performs traditional Hakka tunes celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival, praising the beauty of moonlight and rejoicing reunions.

Date: 14 September 2019
Time: 2.30pm, 3.30pm & 4.30pm
Venue: Esplanade Concourse

Ancient Sounds of Guqin

The guqin, also known as the seven-stringed zither, enjoys a history stretching back some 3,000 years. Its musical refinement and historical importance is such that the art of guqin music was declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2003. Join accomplished guqin musicians from Xuan Ming Feng Yue Society as they present evening of classic works such as Flowing Waters, Guangling Melody on the ancient instrument.

Date: 15 September 2019
Time: 7.15pm, 8.15pm & 9.15pm
Venue: Esplanade Concourse

DANCE

Silvery Moonlight, Swaying Shadows

Celebrate the full moon night with NUS Chinese Dance as they present classical Chinese and ethnic dance performances with elegance and gracefulness.

Date: 13 September 2019
Time: 7pm, 8.15pm & 9.30pm
Venue: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Celebrations of Chinese Ethnic Dances

A showcase of traditional Chinese ethnic dance put together by Yuan Ching Secondary School, Geylang Methodist School and Nan Chiau High School, displaying the elegance and energy of the Miao, Mongolian and Dai tribes.

Date: 14 September 2019
Time: 6pm & 7pm
Venue: Esplanade Forecourt Garden

ROVING

Meet the Mascots

Chang’e, Jade Rabbit and Mr Mooncake are here at Esplanade to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with everyone! Our lovable PIP will also make a special appearance on 14 & 15 Sep too. Come meet them and snap some fun photos!

Date: 13 to 15 September 2019

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Photos credit: Esplanade


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