- Gardens by the Bay shines new light on the familiar, beginning with the traditional lantern procession
SINGAPORE, 30 August 2016 – First came the candle, then the light bulb. Now, the newest method to light up Mid-Autumn lanterns could just be the ubiquitous smartphone. This is what Gardens by the Bay will be encouraging visitors to do at its first interactive lantern procession, which will be happening during the official launch of Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay on 4 September.
At a demonstration held at the Supertree Grove yesterday (29 August), Gardens by the Bay staff showcased how the interactive lantern will work. Lecturers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design designed and conceptualised this modern lantern, which is powered by a smartphone app, just for the Mid-Autumn celebrations at the Gardens.
Visitors simply download the “Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay” app, and fit a specially-designed lantern casing over their smartphone. As they walk by the giant lantern sets on display around the Gardens, Bluetooth beacons installed at each giant lantern set will trigger the app to emit light in an array of colours. The colours will change with each lantern set, creating a shared magical experience for all participants.
The public can also look forward to enjoying the sight of some 4,000 lanterns painted by the community in Colonnade of Lights (灯廊) near the Supertree Grove. There will be free nightly cultural performances with the theme “Moon | Conversations” (“古今秋月：艺汇滨海湾”), a collaboration with the National Arts Council (NAC), as well as craft booths (手工摊位), which offer activities like lantern decorating, calligraphy and guessing of riddles. Also happening every night are free storytelling sessions (讲故事), where storytellers from The Theatre Practice and National Library Board (NLB) spin tales of the moon.
The ever-popular Food Street (小吃街) is making a return, this time with non-traditional fare like salted egg fries and chilli crab mantou.
Making a debut at Gardens by the Bay is the multimedia installation, Ron Arad’s 720°, which is brought in by the Singapore International Festival of Arts. Resembling a giant lantern, the 18-metre-wide circular structure made up of 6,000 silicon strands will light up with projected imagery and videos.
President Tony Tan will launch Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay on 4 September.
In line with this year’s theme of Mid-Autumn with a difference, the Flower Dome will showcase the Tribal Tempo floral display (野性节拍花开展), where unusual plants and colourful flowers from South Africa take centrestage in a safari-theme display. Tribal Tempo will run from 9 September to 30 October, and visitors enjoy special ticketing promotions during the Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay period.
This year’s Mid-Autumn celebrations is jointly organised by Gardens by the Bay, Chinese Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings and NAC, in partnership with NLB and People’s Association.
Your journalist and photographer/ camera crew are cordially invited to the official launch of Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay.
OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF MID-AUTUMN @ GARDENS BY THE BAY
Guest of Honour: President Tony Tan Keng Yam
Date: Sunday, 4 September 2016
Time: 6.30 - 8.30 pm
Meeting pt: Main entrance of Gardens by the Bay
|6.30pm||Arrival of Guest-of-Honour President Tony Tan||Main Arrival|
|6.35pm||Official Launch of Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay by GOH||Golden Garden|
|6.50pm||Tour of the Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay by GOH
· Lantern Sets
· Opening performance by National Arts Council
· Cheque Presentation for President’s Challenge 2016
· SPH Colouring Day
|8.00pm||Start of interactive lantern procession||Supertree Grove|
|8.30pm||End of interactive lantern procession||Bayfront Plaza|
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