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Flowers to light up the night at this year's Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival

Published on Aug 19, 2014 8:13 PM

SINGAPORE - Visitors to Chinatown during this year's Mid-Autumn Festival will see streets in full bloom, lit by 3,100 flower-shaped lanterns for the first time.

Starting at 7pm on Aug 24 until Sep 28, the power goes on for the annual street light up, organised by Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee, which will stretch 880m down New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street and South Bridge Road. There will also be nightly performances for the first two weeks at Kreta Ayer Square, and a festive bazaar along Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Street and Smith Street.

The opening ceremony on Aug 24 will feature sand artist Tan Sock Fong, fireworks and a dragon dance with a 28m long dragon, which has entered the Singapore Book of Records as the longest dragon made of cloth flowers.

MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Lily Neo said at a media conference on Tuesday the goal is to reach more than 1 million visitors this year. "The activities organised by us truly aim to engage the community as much as possible, (including) children, youth, ethnic groups and new citizens," she said.