Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2018

2018’s Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival street lights depict the stories and contributions of early Chinese immigrants in Chinatown. 168 sculptured lanterns of the different vocations our forefathers, from Samsui women, coolies, street hawkers to rickshaw riders, are showcased along the divider between Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road. The centrepiece is a Chinese junk ship which stands a magnificent 10 metres tall and is 8.5 metres in length. Another 1288 lanterns which are enlarged versions of the traditional paper accordion lanterns, decorate the main streets of Chinatown along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Seng Street and South Bridge Road.

The fourth collaboration between Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee and NAFA, the design of the Mid-Autumn Festival Street Light-up was conceptualised by nine 3D Design students after research and visits to Chinatown. The students also had an opportunity to learn the craft of lantern making from skilled craftsmen from Zigong, China.

The month-long celebration of the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival ends on 8 October 2018.