It was a night to remember as thousands thronged the streets of Chinatown to catch a glimpse of the Chinese New Year Official Light Up Ceremony. Guest of Honour, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, together with the various VIPs, kicked off the night with lighting of sparklers to simulate a giant firecracker structure (For our foreign friends, fireworks are only allowed in Singapore in specially controlled situations for safety reasons) on stage.
With Broadway Beng (Sebastian) and his Little Me, the duo stole the show as they brought everyone back to the humble beginnings of Singapore with the main focus on Chinatown. I got to give it to them for also singing iconic Hokkien songs such as 爱拼才会赢 (Ai Piah Cia Eh Yia) and not forgetting that all so famous (or infamous) line “Towkay e bin chao chao”. The English translation were also well done that I had to control myself from laughing too loudly.
From the Singapore Story thanks to the brilliant arrangement of shadow art to the street performers and the lion dancers, the stage turned into a history lesson for the younger ones and a nice tribute for the pioneer generation who helped build Singapore to what it is. After all, we celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday this year and this a great way to say thank you for all the hard work the pioneer generation has put in.
The Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee sure have done well with this writer giving two thumbs up. Being someone who grew up in the 80s, it was nice to see what I only know from textbooks and stories from my parents and grandparents being performed right in front of me (on the street level) and on stage. Special shout out to the performers who spent much time practicing for the entertaining show that night.
The Chinatown Chinese New Year Lights will be on till 19th of March 2015 with the Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party on the 18th of February 2015. There will be interesting activities that members of the public can look forward to including the Festive Carnival and Nightly Stage Shows.
By Kenneth Wong
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