牛车水庆中秋回首话当年
(Chinatown’s Mid-Autumn Festival reminisces the yesteryears)

05 September 2018
Lianhe Zaobao, Page 6

The design of the mid-autumn installation this year is conceptualised by 10 Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts students and lecturer.

From Rickshaw riders, Samsui Women to decorative lanterns, people who visit Chinatown during Mid-Autumn Festival will be brought back to the streets in the 1950s and 60s. The theme for this year’s festival is “Our Chinatown. Our Mid-Autumn”. The Mid-Autumn installation this year features 1,600 lanterns, and the design is conceptualised by 10 Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts students and lecturer. They had worked together with 39 craftsmen from China to fabricate the lanterns. This year’s street lights focus on the stories of the early Chinese immigrants in Chinatown and how they have contributed to nation building in various ways. The main centrepiece that depicts the stories is a 10-metre tall, 8.5-metre in length and 2.5-metre in width Chinese junk ship. In addition, there are 168 sculptured lanterns of the different vocation of the early Chinese immigrants, particularly the Samsui Women, Coolies Street Hawkers and Rickshaw riders showcased along the divider between Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road. The Mid-Autumn Festival will be officially lit up by Singapore President, Singapore President Halimah Yacob this Saturday.

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