Thrills and spills at Mid-Autumn Festival light-up

ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

It was a nostalgic trip back to the 1960s for President Halimah Yacob and thousands of Singaporeans as they enjoyed an evening of exciting show and dance at the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival official light-up and opening ceremony. The performances had a storyline set in 1960s Singapore that included thrilling aerial acrobatics, wushu and dragon dance. There was also a mix of multicultural performances. More than 1,000 handcrafted lanterns, inspired by traditional ones made by wrapping cellophane paper over a wire frame or bamboo strips, were lit up. They will decorate Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road until Oct 19. Also at the event last night were Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim, Senior Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Heng Chee How, and Jalan Besar GRC MP Lily Neo.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 24, 2017, with the headline 'Thrills and spills at Mid-Autumn Festival light-up'. Print Edition | Subscribe