Members of the public can submit their designs next year for lanterns that adorn the streets of Chinatown during the annual Mid-Autumn celebration. Jalan Besar GRC MP Lily Neo, who has been organising the festival for 18 years, said the plan is to have a design competition that is open to the public. “Hopefully we can get more exciting and fresh ideas,” Dr Neo said as she unveiled this year’s bicentennial-themed festival to the media at a preview event last night.
This year’s street light-up features 168 handcrafted lanterns and sculptures that reflect Singapore’s past 200 years and its future. The installations include images of coolies, old buses, Changi Airport, Gardens by the Bay and 94 sets of ribbon sculptures representing celebrations. Eight students from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and 48 master craftsmen from Sichuan, China, worked on these pieces.
The light-up starts officially on Saturday and runs till Sept 28.
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