The A List Curates: Arts and culture events to check out this Chinese New Year
Usher in Chinese New Year and the long weekend with these family-friendly arts and culture activities, including a humorous new play inspired by the Chinese zodiac, and the popular annual Chingay Festival, which can be enjoyed online. Read on for our top picks of arts and culture activities to enjoy in the Year of the Ox.
Enjoy a family-friendly theatre play
The Amazing Celestial Race
Don’t miss this Chinese New Year pantomime, which takes its inspiration from the origin story of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. The musical is a Wild Rice Theatre production, directed by associate director Glen Goei and written by Dwayne Lau. It stars actors Tia Guttensohn, Victoria Chen and Andrew Marko. The show will be held at Wild Rice @ Funan from 19 Feb to 21 Mar. Book your tickets to The Amazing Celestial Race here.
Bond over Chinese customs
Wan Qing Festival Of Spring
Usher in the Year of the Ox with the Wan Qing Festival of Spring at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. The festival programme includes heritage tours, stations featuring zodiac arts and crafts, and a workshop on Chinese drumming techniques. Participants will also be able to access online programmes on the memorial hall’s Facebook page, where they can watch a step-by-step demonstration on how to make fried nian gao, a sweet rice cake treat that is popular during Chinese New Year. The festival is on until 28 Feb. Learn more about the Wan Qing Festival Of Spring here.
Catch a festive parade online
Chingay: Light Of Hope
The popular Chingay parade, held during Chinese New Year, will take the form of a digital event this year. The programme includes cultural performances livestreamed on TV and over the Internet on 20 Feb, 8pm. There are also online activities the public can participate in before 28 Feb, such as Let’s Build A Float and Sew (So) Stylo, which invites the public to design their own Chingay parade floats and costumes. Take part in Chingay: Light Of Hope here.
Find inspiration through free performances
Huayi Festival – Chinese Festival Of Arts
Start your Chinese New Year off on a high note with the Esplanade’s Huayi Festival. The annual cultural festival of arts features dance performances, music concerts and inspirational productions at the Esplanade. The festival is on from 19 Feb to 14 Mar. Learn more about Huayi Festival – Chinese Festival Of Arts here.
Experience our intangible cultural heritage
Lunar New Year Celebrations
Head down to the National Museum of Singapore on 13 Feb, and soak in everything the museum has to offer during this festive season. The programme features a live music performance by Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra, a special calligraphy workshop led by academic Dr Tan Chee Lay, and craft activities for visitors both young and old. Learn more about Lunar New Year Celebrations here.
(Photos: Wild Rice Theatre, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Chingay Parade Singapore, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, National Museum of Singapore)