HUAYI HIGHLIGHTS

Published on 2 February 2017

Here’s what’s happening at Huayi –Chinese Festival of the Arts 2017 from 3-12 Feb. We like how there’s something for everyone!

By MELANIE LEE

FOR THE DRAMA BUFFS

Photo: Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Watch well-loved Hong Kong actors such as Anthony Wong and Candice Yu in a madcap Cantonese adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Or if you prefer something more mellow, there’s Stan Lai’s Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land, a 30th anniversary production of this classic love story featuring popular Taiwan personalities.

FOR THE INDIE MUSIC FANS

Photo: Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Huayi’s in::music series showcases inspiring Chinese indie musicians performing their original compositions. Cute and quirky PiA shares her musical takes on everyday life, while Eli Hsieh gets pensive about the lonely struggles of growing up. Local sweetheart turned regional pop star Kelly Poon also performs her originals while sharing personal anecdotes from her music career.

FOR THOSE WHO LIKE SURPRISES

Photo: The Pond Photography

How about a play that tries not to be a play? With Offending the Audience, award-winning director Liu Xiaoyi does experimental theatre with four nameless performers, in a space without boundaries. There’s also China Music House, a jazz quartet that fuses pingtan, an ancient Chinese storytelling form with modern jazz elements and multimedia visuals to create an unforgettable musical experience.

FOR THE KIDS

Photo: Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

It’s truly Child’s Play with Danny Yeo and 3 Pumpkins Projects as they take children (ages 7-10) through an immersive and interactive Chinese New Year adventure. Or if you’d like to get crafty with your child, there’s a FANtastic Fun! Workshop for children (ages 6-9) and parents to make beautiful handmade fans.

For more information on HUAYI – Chinese Festival of the Arts 2017, visit their website here.

Catch up on our story on HUAYI from our Feb 2017 print issue here.

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