Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, it is a good time to expose the kids to some Chinese culture. It is great to see that there is an event for just that. Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts 2018 have quite a number of activities and workshops line up for the kids and adults. Here are the ones for the kids.

Free Workshops :

Fun with Hongbaos

Crafts with Hong Baos

by Foong Siu Ying (Singapore)

Learn how to turn your Chinese New Year hongbaos (red packets) into creative crafts like pen holders and decorative paper art that can be used as festive decorations!

(Conducted in English and Mandarin. Recommended for children aged 6 and above, as well as the young-at-heart.)

When: 7 Jan 2012, Sat ( Pen Holders) & 8 Jan 2012, Sun (Decorative Paper Art)
Time: 11.30am – 1pm, 1.30pm – 3pm, 3.30pm – 5pm
Where: Esplanade Concourse
$: Free (limited seats on first-come first-serve basis)

Chinese New Year Bean Art

Crafts with Beans

Kng Mian Tze & Rene Ong (Singapore)

Get creative with beans this Chinese New Year! Create your own masterpiece using beans and basic art materials.  (Conducted in English. Recommended for children aged 4 and above, as well as the young-at-heart. Children below 7 should be accompanied by parent(s).)

When: 29 Jan, 4 & 5 Feb, Sun, Sat & Sun 11.30am – 1pm,1.30pm – 3pm, 3.30pm – 5pm, 5.30pm – 7pm (Sat only)Where: Esplanade Concourse
$: Free (limited seats on first-come first-serve basis)


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The Baby Panda (Singapore)

The Baby Panda

“No, no, no!” says Baby Panda to his mother, as he pushes his bamboo shoots away and runs off to the forest to play.  Baby Panda thinks he is always right, but when he meets with danger and obstacles in the forest, is he able to humble himself and pluck up the courage to get himself out of trouble?  Specially written for the 2–4 year olds, The Baby Panda brings children on a journey into the forest to learn about respect and courage through an interactive story filled with music and interesting characters! An original production by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, presented as part of PLAYtime! in 2011.(45mins, no intermission. Performed in Mandarin)

When: 2 & 3 Feb 2012, Thu & Fri, 9.30am, 11am & 4pm4 Feb 2012, Sat, 11am, 2pm & 4pm
Where: Esplanade Recital Studio
$: $15 School Special: $10 (for school bookings of 10 students or more)

Mulan – The Legendary Heroine

Mulan – The Legendary Heroine

An interactive storyhouse performance  Let’s charge — for here comes Mulan! Let’s charge — and ride forth on military horses to beat off all invaders! This is Mulan — one of the most beloved heroines from ancient China. Our young friends must find this strange: Shouldn’t boys be the ones going to war on their steeds? Don’t soldiers devise war tactics and charge forward? Why is a girl unafraid of battle? Keep all of these questions in mind as we journey into the glorious adventures of the courageous Mulan!

Following an exciting storytelling session, it’s time for our young friends and their parents to experience the life of the legendary Mulan! Recreate her village, make your own “armour” and “weapons”, and learn to devise your own shadow puppet performance in a series of fun-filled activities. Participants will also get to bring home their handiwork!

My Village (Props Creation)
What would the village that Mulan lived in look like? Give free rein to your boundless imagination as we start to draw and get hands-on. Learn to create simple props and backdrops as we bring Mulan’s village to life.

Protect My Country (Character Role-play)
Do you wish to protect your country just as Mulan did? Then we need to fully prepare ourselves first! Not to worry, we can use environmentally friendly materials to create all kinds of outfits, “armour”, “shields”, “weapons” and more. Once ready, we can venture onto the battlefield together with our fellow “Mulan”, “General”s and “Soldier”s!

Army Camp Under The Stars (Shadow Puppetry)
What would Mulan’s army camp look like late at night and what would you find inside their tents? You will be guided to devise your own shadow plays where you get to perform exciting stories from inside a tent! (1hr 30mins, no intermission. Conducted in Mandarin)

When: 4 & 5 Feb 2012, Sat & Sun11am, 2pm & 5pm
Where:Esplanade Rehearsal Studio (Meet at Esplanade Theatre Studio entrance, Level 4, 15mins before start time)
$: Adult-Child Pair: $28*(Tickets must be purchased as an adult-child pair. Children aged 5–8. Adults aged 16 and above)

Melodies of Classic Virtues: San Zi Jing and Di Zi Gui

San Zi Jing and Di Zi Gui

by Singapore Chinese Orchestra (Singapore / China) Experience classic Chinese texts in a completely new way through elegant Chinese classical music as the Singapore Chinese Orchestra performs specially composed modern musical interpretations of the San Zi Jing (Three Character Classic) and Di Zi Gui (Standards for being a Good Student and Child).

These two classic Chinese texts have traditionally been used to educate young people. The San Zi Jing covers a wide range of topics including ethical and moral values and served as a child’s first formal education at home. The Di Zi Gui, based on the teachings of Confucius, is regarded as an essential text for moral education and has been widely used across generations.

Conducted by Maestro Tsung Yeh, this concert features original music written by famous Chinese composer Xu Jian Qiang, melodious voices of the Victoria Junior College and Tanjong Katong Secondary School choirs, students from the Hong Wen School and Nanyang Primary School, as well as vocalist Yu Ji Xing. Professor Qian Wen Zhong, a renowned scholar from China and host of the popular Lecture Room television series, provides an added dimension to the performance with his narration and interesting anecdotes and stories. (1hr 30mins, including 20min intermission. Performed in Mandarin)  Co-produced by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Singapore Chinese Orchestra

When: 4 Feb 2012, Sat 7.30pm
Where:Esplanade Concert Hall
$: $38*, $48, $68
Limited concessions for students, NSF & senior citizens: $27 Matinee (For Schools Only)4 Feb 2012, Sat2.30pm$18Available for school group bookings of 10 and above only, through Esplanade Box Office. Contact Esplanade at 6828 8389 or email:


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