Chinatown’s Mid Autumn Festival to run till Oct 14; features lantern walk, live performances, street light-up

This year’s theme is ‘A Journey of Love and Celebration’.

Janella Ching

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Published: 18 September 2023, 7:07 PM

A lantern walk, street light-up experience, food fair and live performances are some of what visitors can expect at this year’s Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival, held from now till Oct 14.

Participants can participate in the Lantern Walk – a leisurely stroll along the illuminated Chinatown streets, while holding onto colourful cellophane lanterns. Lanterns and traditional Mid-Autumn snacks are included in the $5 goodie bags provided upon registration.


This year’s edition will see the return of the Lantern Walk on Sep 23, which last took place four years ago. PHOTO CREDIT: CHINATOWN FESTIVAL COMMITTEE


The Lantern Walk will be held on Saturday (Sep 23) from 7.30pm to 9pm. It starts at Chinatown Point and ends at Kreta Ayer Square. Those interested can register through the form by Sep 22.

Visitors also can look out for photo-ops at the Street Light-Up, which is designed by the Raffles Institute of Higher Learning.

The light-up involves three chapters, each with their own unique theme. Passing of Wishes and Tales pays homage to the legend of moon goddess Chang’e; Gathering and Preparing the Celebration reflects Singapore’s multicultural tapestry; and Celebrating Love and Having Fun Together concludes the experience on a heartwarming note.


The centrepiece of the experience, a towering eight-metre tall sculpture located at Eu Tong Sen Street, depicts a family of five gathered within a red lantern. PHOTO CREDIT: CHINATOWN FESTIVAL COMMITTEE


According to Minister for Communications and Information, Second Minister for Home Affairs and Adviser to Jalan Besar GRC Grassroot Organisations Josephine Teo, this year’s street light-up “symbolises our strength through recent trials, as we emerge with renewed resilience”.

The light-up runs nightly from 7pm till midnight.

Foodies can also make a beeline for the Food Fair at Smith Street (Former Chinatown Food Street) from now till Sep 29, 2pm to 10pm daily.

Music fans may catch the debut of Taiwanese band iColor at Kreta Ayer Square on Sep 23 at 7pm. The band celebrates Chinese culture by mixing tradition and modernity in their music, with both Hakka and Mandarin compositions.

Local mandopop band Germaine and Her Boys will also perform on Sep 24.

More information on the full festival programme can be found at Chinatown Festival Committee’s website.

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