Published on 21 September 2017

Besides eating mooncakes and walking around with lanterns, why not head down to Esplanade’s “Moonfest – A Mid-Autumn Celebration 2017” with a whole array of fun (and free!) programmes catered for youths?

By Melanie Lee

Get to know more about traditional Chinese culture this Mid-Autumn Festival at Esplanade! Its 13th edition of Moonfest has a pumped-up programme to include an array of accessible yet meaningful cultural activities for a festive weekend.

Moonfest Tea Room

Moonfest Tea Room (Photos Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.)
Kulcha x Catonese Opera - Kulcha (Photos Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.)

Fri, 29 Sept – Sun 1 Oct
Esplanade Annexe Studio

Instead of getting bubble tea, drop by the Moonfest Tea Room where you can sip on Chinese tea from Pek Sin Choon, one of the oldest tea merchants in Singapore. You can learn to brew it the traditional way or refresh yourself with some on-tap cold sparkling tea. Over here, you can take Instagrammable photos of yourself in Chinese Opera costumes, or dabble in some Chinese calligraphy with reusable practice sets. There will also be a rich programme of talks, demos and performances revolving around traditional Chinese arts and culture.

One programme to catch would be Kulcha X Cantonese Opera (Fri, 29 Sep, 7.45pm & 8.45pm) The sextet that uses traditional Asian and non-Western instruments will be performing with Cantonese Opera artists Gary Ong and Tina Wong, presenting a uniquely contemporary interpretation of Cantonese Opera.

Before Cheongsam: 2,000 Years of Chinese Fashion

2000 Years of Chinese Fashion Ming Dynasty & Song Dynasty (Photos Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.)

Sat, 30 Sep 2017, 3.30pm & 4.45pm
Esplanade Concourse

Travel through time and see how Chinese fashion evolved through the dynasties before the cheongsam was born. Curated by Gong Pan Pan (hanfugirl), this is a colourful visual story that reveals how tea, silk, feminism, mixed ancestry and other socio-political shifts influenced the way the Chinese people dressed. Over at the Esplanade Festival Corner, there will also be a related exhibition “Evolution of the Traditional Chinese Dress” from 29 Sep – 4 Oct 2017.

Water Calligraphy

Water Calligraphy - Alex Liew (Photos Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.)

Sat, 30 Sep, 5.30pm & 6.30pm
Esplanade Forecourt Garden

Catch calligraphy artist Alex Liew in action with this unique demonstration of Chinese calligraphy! You too can also try your hands at this fun form of calligraphy. Liew is a calligrapher with more than 20 years of experience and has received praises for his works both locally and internationally.

Wing Chun

Wing Chun - Daryl Yeo (Photos Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.)

Sun, 1 Oct, 5.30pm & 6.30pm
Esplanade Forecourt Garden

Discover your inner Ip Man by picking up some basic Wing Chun moves and boosting your self-defence skills at the same time! These sessions are led by Daryl Yeo, Chief Instructor of Wing Chun Kuen Training Centre and Founder of Daryl Yeo Wing Chun.

“Moonfest – A Mid-Autumn Celebration 2017” will be from 29 September to 4 October at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Click here for more information.

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