Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay this year features large-scale lantern sets that meld nature and imagination, nightly cultural performances, and for the first time, traditional crafts and wishing activities
6 September 2018, Singapore – This year’s Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay was officially launched today by Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong when he lit up the archway that welcomes visitors to the event.
The 44m-long archway is decorated with lanterns shaped like jade rabbits and Sandersonia flowers, which are also known as Chinese lantern lilies.
The theme of this year’s festival is Autumn of Fantasies, and Minister Wong was taken on a tour of larger-than-life lantern sets that bring together imaginary worlds and natural wonders. He also wished upon a lotus-shaped lantern and set it a float on Dragonfly Lake.
At the Traditional Village, where for the first time craftsmen have been brought in from China to showcase traditional handicrafts like sugar art, dough figurine sculpting and stone engraving, Minister Wong received a dough figurine of himself.
Gardens by the Bay’s Senior Director of Programming, Ms Ong Chui Leng, said, “Mid-Autumn is a time for families and friends to get together, and we welcome the community to join us at Gardens by the Bay to enjoy the many free activities we have lined up for everyone, especially the unique lantern sets that beautifully blend the traditional with the fantastical.”
HIGHLIGHTS OF MID-AUTUMN @ GARDENS BY THE BAY 2018
Spectacular Lantern Sets Inspired by the Fantastical
Visitors can look forward to large-scale Lantern Displays (巨型灯展) with the theme Autumn of Fantasies (奇幻之秋). Making its debut this year is Leaping over the Dragon’s Gate (鱼跃龙门), the widest lantern set to date at Gardens by the Bay measuring 70m across, which floats on Dragonfly Lake and depicts the legend of the carp transforming into a dragon.
Other lanterns include the elegant pairing of The Phoenix and the Peony ( 凤凰戏牡丹 ); the Sandersonia Arch (宫灯百合), which is lined with Sandersonia-shaped lanterns; and Sky Lantern Dreams (巨型天灯), a series of 8m-tall sky lanterns that create the longest lantern-lined pathway at the Gardens to date.
Also on display are 1,000 lanterns at Colonnade of Lights (灯廊). These lanterns are hand-painted by beneficiaries from various social service organisations, residents from Limbang and individuals from the Gardens’ Friends of the Gardens membership programme.
Curated by co-organiser, National Arts Council, free nightly Cultural Performances (传说传艺庆中秋) present opportunities for visitors to enjoy and be inspired by Singapore’s rich heritage. Appreciate vibrant and diverse traditional arts performances by home-grown arts groups of different genres, cultures and ages, and bond over the creative interpretations of the theme Fantastic Traditions.
At the Traditional Village (传统市集), Chinese artisans showcase the delicate skills of stone engraving, dough figurine sculpting and sugar art. Visitors can try their hand at the Fun Zone (互动区) featuring nostalgic childhood games, or have a go at solving Lantern Riddles (猜灯谜). The ever-popular Food Street (美食街) offers a delectable spread of local and Asian delights.
This year’s Mid-Autumn celebration is jointly organised by Gardens by the Bay and National Arts Council, in partnership with Chinese Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings, and People’s Association.
MID-AUTUMN @ GARDENS BY THE BAY 2018
Date: Thursday, 6 September – Monday, 24 September
Time: From 6pm
Location: Gardens by the Bay
Details: Programmes are free unless otherwise indicated. For information and updates, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/midautumn.
About Gardens by the Bay
An integral part of Singapore’s “City in a Garden” vision, Gardens by the Bay spans a total of 101 hectares of prime land at the heart of Singapore’s new downtown – Marina Bay. Comprising three waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central – Gardens by the Bay will be a showcase of horticulture and garden artistry that will bring the world of plants to Singapore and present Singapore to the World. Bay South, the largest at 54 hectares, officially opened on 29 June 2012.
Gardens by the Bay was started as a project by the National Parks Board. It has since grown to become an independent organisation responsible for developing and managing what will be Asia’s foremost garden destination.
The Gardens has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Award (Urban Category) in 2018, International Garden Tourism Leader Award in 2017, Top Local Attraction presented by Influential Brands in 2017, and the 2015 Guinness World Record for Largest Glass Greenhouse. It is the first garden in the world to receive the prestigious Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Themed Entertainment Association in 2014. For its sustainable design and practices, it was conferred the President’s Design Award in Singapore in 2013 and World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival 2012.
For more information, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg