[EXPLORE SG]Sky lanterns “float up” Supertrees for blessings at Gardens by the Bay’s Mid-Autumn Festival 2021

Mid-Autumn Festival 2021 (滨海花园庆’k) at Gardens by the Bay launched on 15 September 2021 with a light-up of the showstopper lantern set Sky Lanterns (ff福)T), where 70 lanterns float up the Supertrees at the Gardens’ main entrance. At 32m wide and 19m tall, Sky Lanterns is the largest lantern set this year. Inspired by the eponymous Chinese lanterns that are traditionally released to the sky in hopes of good blessings, Sky Lanterns represents the theme of this year’s festival – blessings (ff福).Mid-Autumn Festival 2021 will run from today until October 3. Minister of State for National Development and for Communications and Information Tan Kiat How was guest of honour at the launch.Lanterns and community displays convey the theme of blessings
This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival features nine lantern sets and community displays spread across the outdoor gardens and Flower Dome. The main entrance of Gardens by the Bay is enhanced by Sky Lanterns and Rabbits Trail (祥兔之径), a series of eight rabbit-shaped lanterns that lead the way to Flower Dome, where more rabbits await. After all, rabbits are often associated with filial piety and selflessness in Chinese culture. Within Flower Dome, visitors will see Rabbits’ Forest (a,.aic, inspired by the ancient Chinese folk game Blessings Upon the One who Meets a Rabbit (3.,.a*), in which the first person to find a rabbit in the osmanthus forest is said to receive good blessings. Meanwhile, Miffy Gardens (米* It RI) features the well-loved character Miffy and her family and friends. There will be special meet and greet sessions with Miffy in Flower Dome .The work of the community is displayed in Origami Crane Trees (-鹤4filf), featuring 2,000 colourful paper cranes folded and penned with words of blessings by individuals from social service agencies and Gardens by the Bay volunteers.

Complementing the lanterns and community set in Flower Dome is a floral display of chrysanthemums in vivid hues of red, pink, orange and yellow. The chrysanthemum is a symbolic element in traditional Chinese art to depict the autumn season.

In celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival and to give families more opportunities to bond, children aged 12 and below enjoy FREE entry to Flower Dome from today until October 3. Tickets for children must be pre-booked from Gardens by the Bay’s website or mobile app, and a valid student card is required for proof of identity before entry.

Outside Flower Dome, there is Korean Genre Painting (0111Aftiffi), a hybrid lantern set where digitalised paintings by traditional Korean artists Kim Hong-do and Kim Jun-geun are set against the backdrop of two hanok lantern frames. The hanok is a traditional Korean house. This lantern set is presented in partnership with Embassy of the Republic of Korea and Korea Tourism Organization.

Over at the Supertree Grove, the Colonnade of Lights (灯M) community lantern display showcases 1,000 beautiful paper lanterns hand-painted by people from 28 social service agencies. At Active Garden, community art installations involving over 50 schools and social service agencies are on display. This upcycling effort, created from used plastic bottles, is put together by Extra•Ordinary People, a charity which supports children and individuals with special needs. Located near Bayfront Plaza, AIRMESH, an award-winning lantern-inspired pavilion designed by lecturers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design, will be lit up during this period for photo opportunities.

A wide variety of activities
Beyond lanterns, six local performing arts groups supported by National Arts Council will mesmerise the audience with cultural performances in Flower Field Hall. The line-up of performers include PB&J, Singapore’s only indie crossover band; A Bigger Bang – The Percussion Assembly, a dynamicpercussion group; and Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre, a homegrown professional Chinese dance company. These cultural performances will be streamed online on Gardens by the Bay’s Facebook too.

Visitors can also enjoy Tales of the Moon, a Mid-Autumn edition of the popular free Garden Rhapsody light and sound show at Supertree Grove.

This year’s Mid-Autumn will be a special one as visitors have the opportunity to experience a variety of events at Gardens by the Bay. The giant inflatable art sculptures of the ongoing Children’s Festival featuring Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens will be lit up in the evening during this period. The Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom exhibition has also been extended until October 3.

A safe Mid-Autumn celebration
Safety remains a priority at Mid-Autumn Festival 2021:
-The lantern sets and community displays are spread out across different locations to avoid overcrowding.
– Safe distancing ambassadors are deployed to remind visitors of safe management measures.
– For the cultural performances in Flower Field Hall and Miffy meet and greet sessions in Flower Dome, there is a capacity limit and pre-registration is required. Admission is only for fully vaccinated visitors, visitors with negative PET results within 24 hours from the end of performance / session, or visitors with proof of recovery from Covid-19.

Mid-Autumn Festival 2021 is organised by Gardens by the Bay, in collaboration with the Chinese Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Korea Tourism Organization, National Arts Council, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and Tote Board.

For more information, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/midautumn

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