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Many of us are familiar with Getai, but the art form that truly captures the charm of ancient Chinese performing arts is Chinese Opera.

It’s ostentatious costumes, over-the-top make-up, and the dramatic falsetto singing are symbolic of a fascinating art form that can be traced way back to the Tang Dynasty. And although Chinese Opera isn’t as popular today, there’s still so much value and beauty to this traditional performing arts, which you can experience at the upcoming Chinatown Opera Festival!

Experience Traditional Chinese Opera at Chinatown Opera Festival 2019

This 20th to 24th November, Singaporeans will get to travel back in time and experience the performing arts on the 50s and 60s at the Chinatown Opera Festival 2019!

The first ever opera festival showcasing Singapore’s rich local heritage and culture will feature a range of exquisite performances as well as activities and food that encapsulates the nostalgic days of the past.

You can expect an array of performances by local troupes like the Qiong Ju Society of Singapore and Chinese Theatre Circle, and international troupes like the Guangzhou Hongdou Cantonese Opera Troupe.

Highlights include Hainanese Opera by Qiong Ju Society of Singapore / Image Credit: Qiong Ju Singapore

For the younger audience, fret not as there are also ‘introductory programmes’ that will guide you in navigating the eclectic world of Chinese Opera. There’s even a live demonstration of Chinese Opera weapons, which is sure to excite even the most unenthused!

Other highlights of the shows include puppet shows, face-changing performances, the beautiful water sleeve dance, and also a special Pop Music & Opera segment featuring local artistes Sylvester Sim, Nick Shen, and Gavin Xie.

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More Nostalgic Activities!

Besides the stage programmes, there are also plenty of activities at the festival which are free for all. Have some fun at the colouring and games stations, and don’t forget to get your photos taken at the photobooth as keepsake!

Snack on some traditional Dragon’s Beard candy / Image Credit: PartyMojo

There will also be food stalls offering assortments of traditional snacks, so you can indulge in some dragon beard candy, egg tarts, and our all-time favourite ice cream bread as you explore and shop for Opera merchandise.

Win A Brand New iPhone 11 At The #ChinatownSG Contest

On top of that, stand a chance to win a brand new iPhone 11 at the #ChinatownSG contest! To participate, follow Chinatown Singapore on Facebook (ChinatownstreetmarketSG) and Instagram (@ChinatownSingapore).

Post any two photos of yourself in operatic costume or with any of the opera characters at the event venue, Banda Street carpark, or Kreta Ayer Square and on your Facebook and Instagram with the hashtags #ChinatownSG #VisitSingapore #PassionMadePossible. Remember to also tag @ChinatownstreetmarketSG on Facebook, and @ChinatownSingapore on Instagram!

Event Details

Tickets are currently on sale at Chinatown Visitor Centre, Chinatown Heritage Centre and online at SGD $20 for Premium Seating and $10 for General Admission of night shows.

Date: 20 – 24 November 2019

Time: 2pm – 10.30pm

Venue: Banda Street Carpark @ 2 Banda Street

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Featured Image Credit: Chinatown Business Association

This article was written in collaboration with Chinatown Business Association.