Published on 6 February 2018

Besides pineapple tarts and bak kwa, you can also fill yourself up with plenty of arts and cultural events this Chinese New Year season!

By Melanie Lee


Now till 16 March 2018

It’s a true CNY hub over at Chinatown as the whole precinct welcomes the Year of the Dog with a bang. The Street Light-Up at night is already up with over 2,188 handcrafted lanterns. Look out for the 88 larger-than-life dog lanterns done by the students and faculty from Singapore University of Technology and Design. There are also Chinatown Chinese New Year Walking Trails with seasoned volunteer guides, a Festive Street Bazaar with over 420 stalls and Nightly Stage Shows with mask-changing and ventriloquist performances. The Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party featuring Mediacorp artistes will take place on 15 Feb, Chinese New Year Eve.

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23 – 24 Feb 2018, 8pm – 9.30pm
F1 Pit Building

Asia’s largest annual street performance and float parade is back with more colour, lights and music to celebrate Singapore’s multicultural society. Expect a dazzling array of colourful costumes, creative props, wearable art, and a stunning display of lights, lasers, pyrotechnic and fireworks display. There’s even some digital pizazz as well with dancing robots, driverless cars and an automatically controlled flying magic carpet! The parade will be double the length this year from 720m to 1.5km and for the first time, there will also be a street party at the end of the parade.

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HUAYI 2018

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
23 Feb – 4 March 2018

Esplanade will be launching its 16th edition of Huayi – Chinese Festival of the Arts on the 8th day of Lunar New Year. This year’s programme includes the festival’s first-ever commission – “Cut Kafka!” (1 – 4 Mar 2018) – a cross-disciplinary performance by T.H.E Dance Company and Nine Years Theatre. There’s also “Blood & Rose Ensemble” (23 – 25 Feb 2018), a Taiwanese-Singapore collaboration that re-interprets Shakespeare’s Henry VI and Richard III in light of the question of how history gets made. There’s even some theatre taking place in Esplanade’s basement carpark with “Einstein in the Carpark” (1 -4 Mar 2018) starring local musical theatre actor George Chan and Chinese Kunqu opera performer Zhang Jun.

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15 – 18 February 2018
The Promontory and Bayfront Event Space

Not only is Singapore’s biggest carnival open during the first few days of Chinese New Year, there’ll also be festive touches such a Roving Lion Dance, LED Lion Dance or Lion Dance Stunt Act to get you in the celebratory mood. Local singers such as Tay Kexin (Thurs 15 Feb, 10.30pm – 11.30pm) and Jayden Chia (Sun 18 Feb, 8.30pm – 9.30pm) will be there every night to provide the music entertainment. There will also be some interesting performers in the line-up such as Zadon, a Singaporean beatboxer and songwriter (Sat, 17 Feb, 8.30pm – 9.30pm), and GIMA Band (Fri 18 Feb, 8.30pm – 9.30pm), which blends ancient folk musical cultures from Asia with a modern style.

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24 – 25 Feb 2018, 2pm – 8pm
*Lunar New Year Concert on 25 Feb from 7pm – 10pm
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) is holding a festive carnival and concert during the second weekend of CNY. At the carnival, you can try your hand at calligraphy or paper cutting craft or nibble on some traditional delicacies such as dragon beard candy and muah chee at the food stalls. There will also be cultural performances such as dragon dance, contortionism and mask changing. The SCCC Lunar New Year Concert, co-hosted by popular celebrities Marcus Chin, Xu Qiongfang and Lin Ruping, will be a lively event where singers such as Zhuang Xuezhong and Sally Yeo will bring you a medley of Lunar New Year classics and familiar tunes.

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