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Chingay launches mass calligraphy writing campaign

Published on Nov 14, 2012 3:49 PM

Next year's Chingay Parade opening will involve audience members displaying 10,000 calligraphy pieces contributed by 5,000 students and members of the public.

The "Song of Righteousness Mass Calligraphy Writing Campaign" was launched on Wednesday. It was officiated by Life Art Society president Tan Khim Ser and Nan Hua Primary School management committee chairman Ho Nai Chuen.

All 1,600 students from Nan Hua Primary displayed their writing of zheng qi, which means righteousness, as a preview at a media conference at the school on Wednesday. The calligraphy is based on the poem "Song of Righteousness," written by poet Wen Tian Xiang from the Song Dynasty.

The opening performance - comprising six acts - will involve 5,000 performers, the largest number for a Chingay opening to date, said Mr Nah Juay Hng, chairman of the Chingay Parade executive committee. The six acts include Singapore's largest live Chinese opera show involving 300 members and the largest Chinese cultural dance in the history of Chingay parades, involving 450 dancers.

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