Celebrate the Lunar New Year with us from 4 – 13 Feb 11, as Huayi brings you a host of delightful free programmes every day. Enjoy puppet shows by China’s Xiamen puppeteers, performances by a song and dance troupe from China’s Shaanxi province, outdoor movies, Chinese opera excerpts, drama sketches, Chinese orchestra ensembles performing festive favourites as well as singalong sessions!
Huayi Opening: Auspicious Lion Dance
Wen Yang Lion Dance Troupe (Singapore)
This award-winning lion dance group will dazzle you with their spirit and action. Be thrilled by their breathtaking stunts and graceful agility as they usher in the New Year in rousing style.
4 Feb 11, Fri, 6.45pm
Shaanxi Song and Dance Troupe (China)
From the Shaanxi Song and Dance Troupe comes a fascinating array of musical entertainment to liven up the festive mood. You can look forward to White Ramie Dance, a tender and elegant dance; Jin Gang Li Shi (Jin Gang Giant), a simple traditional mask dance; a lively suona solo and many others.
4 – 5 Feb 11, Fri – Sat, 7.30pm, 8.45pm & 10pm
6 – 8 Feb 11, Sun – Tue, 7.45pm & 9pm
NYPCO Percussion Ensemble (Singapore)
The Nanyang Polytechnic Percussion Ensemble promises you a memorable night with a heart-thumping performance of joyous, rhythmic beats.
9 – 10 Feb 11, Wed – Thu, 7.45pm & 9pm
Wind and Percussion Fiesta
Ding Yi Music Company (Singapore)
With catchy melodies and stirring drumbeats, Ding Yi Music Company will brighten up the New Year season with their take on popular festive tunes such as Dragon Flies and Tiger Leaps and Tao Jin Ling.
11 – 12 Feb 11, Fri – Sat, 7.45pm, 9pm & 10.15pm
13 Feb 11, Sun, 7.45pm & 9pm
Hong Yan Zhuang Puppet Art Gallery & Zhangzhou Puppet Show Troupe
Laugh, clap and cheer along with our puppet heroes as characters from Lei Wan Chun Fights the Tiger, a traditional martial arts play, Two Hunters, Face Changing Puppets and many more colourful Chinese puppets spring to life with the dexterous skills of several First Grade puppeteers from Xiamen. Stay for puppetry demonstrations after the performances.
4 – 5 Feb 11, Fri – Sat, 9pm & 10pm
6 – 13 Feb 11, Sun – the next Sunday, 8.15pm & 9.30pm
TCR Music Station (Singapore)
For three evenings, singers from TCR Music Station will lead audiences in a singalong of evergreens. Have fun reminiscing the good old days with these classic and nostalgic melodies.
4 – 5 Feb 11, Fri – Sat, 7pm, 8.45pm & 10.30pm
6 Feb 11, Sun, 7pm & 8.45pm
Melodies of Spring
NTU Chinese Orchestra (Singapore)
Soak in the festive cheer with NTU Chinese Orchestra as they present a repertoire of familiar tunes combining traditional and pop and music from both the east and west. Selections include Jay Chou’s Ju Hua Tai, Taylor Swift's Love Story, Les Toreadors from Carmen Suite, and popular Lunar New Year songs.
7 – 8 Feb 11, Mon – Tue, 7.30pm & 8.45pm
Cha Ban Sheng - The Freshman Mini Showcase
Cha Ban Sheng (Singapore)
Chen Diya and Carrie Yeo, winners of the 2nd Superstar competition, are now Cha Ban Sheng - The Freshman. This female duet will share with you their dreams through their lilting melodies, including those from their first album entitled Life Experiment 101.
9 – 10 Feb 11, Wed – Thu, 7.30pm & 8.45pm
MICappella by the Bay
The 6-member MICappella performs with microphones, creating explosive sound effects denotative of rock and club music. Barely two years after its formation, MICappella has already garnered awards such as Best Soloist at the Singapore National A Cappella Championships 2009 and Best Vocal Percussionist at Taipei’s International A Cappella Competition 2009. The group looks set to blast its way into the mainstream as a vocal rock band sans instruments. Be thrilled by their unique renditions of songs such as The Moon Represents My Heart, Onion and Love Love Love.
11 – 12 Feb 11, Fri – Sat, 7.30pm, 8.45pm & 10pm
Enjoy two festive favourites with your friends and love ones this Lunar New Year!
11 Feb 11 – All’s Well, Ends Well 2009
A 2009 Lunar New Year film, directed by Vincent Kok, it is romantic escapades in the mould of a Stephen Chow comedy. Features Raymond Wong, Sandra Ng, Louis Koo and Ronald Cheng.
12 Feb 11 – Little Big Soldier
Little Big Soldier tells the survival stories of a soldier and a general during the Warring States period. Stars Jacky Chan and Wang Leehom.
11 – 12 Feb 11, Fri – Sat, 11pm
Songs of Celebration
Sit back, relax and enjoy the familiar and melodious tunes of your all-time favourites and evergreen songs, as songbirds like Xia Hui, Kelly Chen Ming Pei, Ling Xiao, Marcus Chin and Guan Xue Er celebrate the New Year and entertain you in this delightful concert.
13 Feb 11, Sun,
7.30pm: Xia Hui
8.45pm: Kelly Chen Ming Pei & Ling Xiao
10pm: Marcus Chin & Guan Xue Er
Xiao Ling’s New Year
The Theatre Practice (Singapore)
Once upon a time in the years of the Second World War, Lunar New Year in Singapore was marked by hardship and celebrated with tears. Amid such a sombre setting, a loving brother spins a beautiful story to shield his sister from the horrors of war. Listen to Xiao Ling’s story and be touched by this heart warming tale of a brother’s love.
4 – 5 Feb 11, Fri – Sat, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Chinese Festive Favourites
Siyun Quartet (Singapore)
Celebrate the New Year with Siyun Quartet as they bring you the beautiful sounds of the dizi, erhu, pipa and sheng. Be enthralled by their performances of your favourite New Year songs and evergreen tunes as they usher you into the Year of the Rabbit with good cheer.
4 – 5 Feb 11, Fri – Sat, 7pm, 8.15pm & 9.30pm
Local Singer-Songwriters Showcase: Huiqi & ShiHaw
Huiqi & ShiHaw (Singapore)
Two years after they paired up to stage their mini-gig featuring only their original music, singer-songwriters Huiqi and ShiHaw come together once more to present their songs, both new and old. Join them on a journey that tells their stories, echoed in the lyrics and melodies of their music.
6 Feb 11, Sun, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
A Memorable Evening
Baritone Jimmy Teng (Singapore)
Local baritone Jimmy Teng, noted for his exquisite rendition of sentimental songs, will entertain you with a selection of Chinese classical pieces, all-time favourites, golden oldies and festive staples. Accompanying him at the piano is Chan Puay San.
6 Feb 11, Sun, 7.15pm, 8.30pm & 9.45pm
Tze n Looking Glass (Singapore)
Inspired by Chinese tales and myths such as Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Chang Er, and modern films such as 2046 and Turn Left, Turn Right, Tze n Looking Glass ensemble will be performing music that draws from elements of Japanese video games soundtracks, European classical music and modern jazz. Enter a colourful yet minimalistic dreamscape of modern sounds and beautiful themes with these original compositions by Tze. Featuring Tze (piano), Dai Da (erhu), Boon Chye (saxophone), Rit (dizi) with guest performers Momo (accordion), Jennifer (drums) and Jasmine (vocals).
7 – 8 Feb 11, Mon – Tue, 7.15pm, 8.30pm & 9.45pm
New Year Greetings
A Bigger Bang! (Singapore)
Infusing mallet percussion with Chinese percussion, A Bigger Bang! ushers in the Lunar New Year spirit with joyous and heartfelt greetings. An eclectic mix of popular festive tunes and traditional Cantonese music complete with a wondrous touch of soft percussive music. Re-arranging for the ensemble is local composer Liong Kit Yeng.
9 – 11 Feb 11, Wed – Fri, 7.15pm, 8.30pm & 9.45pm
Local Singer-Songwriters Showcase: New Songs from the Heart
Xueting & Zuo En (Singapore)
Come enjoy an afternoon of original music by two singer-songwriters, Xueting and Zuo En, who have just released their very first singles. Xueting and Zuo En, together with a four-piece acoustic band that includes a violinist, will each show their individuality in a colourful array of songs!
Xueting, a highly energetic singer and an outstanding guitarist, shows her versatility with original ballads and catchy numbers you can sing along to. Zuo En will captivate you with her piano playing and unique voice, as her songs transport you to fantastical worlds!
12 Feb 11, Sat, 3pm, 4pm & 5pm
Singapore Broadway Harmonica Ensemble
Familiar pieces like Suite of Spring, and majestic Chinese folk tunes like The Grassland, will be played by this 6-member harmonica ensemble. Besides regular appearances on television, constituency and festive functions, the ensemble has also been featured in the Esplanade Beautiful Sunday series.
12 – 13 Feb 11, Sat – Sun, 7.15pm, 8.30pm & 9.45pm
Teochew Opera Delights
Kityang Huay Kwan Teochew Opera Group (Singapore)
Teochew opera actors will perform a series of excerpts, including classics like Meeting at the Garden from Su Liu Niang, Keeping his Umbrella and Watching the Lanterns from Chen San and Wu Niang. The performances will showcase the intricacies of this genre of Chinese opera. Actors will also be demonstrating various operatic movements so that audiences can better appreciate the beauty of this art form.
13 Feb 11, Sun, 3pm, 4pm & 5pm
In conjunction with Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts 2011
Activities at library@esplanade
Introduction to Chinese Musical Instruments
If you’d like to learn more about Chinese musical instruments come view the instrument display at library@esplanade! You will be able to try your hand at playing the various instruments, as well as learn more about them by borrowing the related books on display. From 4.00pm, look out for free performances by local Chinese orchestra groups at the library too. So take this chance to explore Chinese music like you’ve never before!
Fri, 11 Feb 2011, 11.00am – 9.00pm
Free performances by local Chinese orchestra groups from 4.00pm.
Introduction to San Guo Sha Chinese card game (“三国杀”)
You must have heard of the historical novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”. But have you heard of the thrilling new card game based on this Chinese classic? Join us in this gaming session, as we teach you the basics of playing the Chinese card game, “San Guo Sha”. Dare yourself to enter the “battlefield” and relive the magnificent world of the Three Kingdoms era. This card game is recommended for ages 14 years and up.
13 Feb 11, Sun, 2.00 – 5.00pm
Cosplay “Chinese Opera”
This is one unique opportunity for you to dress up differently! The theme is “Chinese Opera” and we have the costumes ready for you. Have fun in these opera costumes and take memorable pictures of your day at the Esplanade.
13 Feb 11, Sun, 2.00 – 5.00pm