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Hero Video Credit : South China Morning Post Keeping Chinese Opera alive: Cantonese Opera, Peking Opera and Kunqu

The Chinatown Opera Festival 2019, is the first ever opera festival showcasing Singapore’s rich local heritage and culture.

Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, proudly presented by the Chinatown Business Association (CBA), the festival will run from Wednesday 20 to Sunday 24 November 2019 at the bustling Chinatown district, a go-to destination for both locals, expats and tourists.

You will travel back in time and re-live the nostalgic days of performance art in the 1950s and 60s. CBA recreates the experience of Chinese opera through exquisite performances, atmosphere and without a doubt, food - which is at the heart of all celebrations

From Hainanese and Hokkien opera to the more popular Cantonese opera, expect an array of vibrant performances by local and international troupes such as Chinese Theatre Circle (敦 煌 剧 坊) as well as Guangzhou Hongdou Cantonese Opera Troupe (广州红豆粵剧).  

Other highlights of the festival are the ‘Chinese Opera Weapons Showcase’, as well as teachings on the “water sleeve" and face changing performances predominant in Chinese Opera.

Additionally, a segment of ‘Pop Music and Chinese Opera’ featuring pop songs influenced by Chinese Opera are introduced for younger audiences.

The festival has free activities for the public to enjoy, such as a photo booth, colouring station, games stall and opera props display, as well as paying activities including food and beverages stalls, mask painting and the sale of Opera Merchandise.

Stand a chance to walk away with a brand new Apple iPhone 11 by participating in the ‘Chinatown Opera Fest Contest’ that occurs throughout the five days of the festival. Simply unleash your creativity by dressing up in the best opera costume to win.

To participate on Instagram 

  1. Follow Chinatown’s Instagram @ChinatownSingapore
  2. Attend the Opera Festival 2019 dressed in Opera inspired outfits or makeup
  3. Snap two photos behind any of the official event photobooth or backdrop
  4. Post pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #ChinatownSG #VisitSingapore #PassionMadePossible and tag @ChinatownSingapore

To participate on Facebook:

  1. Follow Chinatown’s Facebook Here
  2. Attend the Opera Festival 2019 dressed in Opera inspired outfits or makeup
  3. Snap two photos behind any of the official event photobooth or backdrop
  4. Post pictures on Facebook with the hashtag #ChinatownSG #VisitSingapore #PassionMadePossible and tag @ChinatownstreetmarketSG

Tickets are currently on sale at Chinatown Visitor Centre, Chinatown Heritage Centre and online at SGD $20 for Premium Seating for shows on the main stage starting from 2pm through to 10pm daily and $10 for General Admission of night shows.

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Richard
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27 November 2019
You will travel back in time and re-live the nostalgic days of performance art in the 1950s and 60s. CBA recreates the experience of Chinese opera through exquisite performances, atmosphere and without a doubt, food - which is at the heart of all celebrations
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Sylvia
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13 November 2019
If you are wondering what to do next week come on down to the inaugural Chinatown Opera Festival that starts on 20th November. From workshops to opera performances and much more, locals and tourists will be in for a treat. Not known to many, Smith Street before the war was where Cantonese opera was performed. Bombs decimated half the theatre which has now been erected as a hotel. Looking pristine in its white regalia, we had the privilege of riding a trishaw down the mall to relive memories of what it was like in the past. If you are an Expat living in Singapore this is an opportune time to get an insight into historic traditions. This Festival holds a cultural appeal that is a century old which is something relish right on your doorstep. While most performances are free, tickets for a price of $10 or so are on sale for the opera performances on the actual 1950’s stage that are familiar to some. Tickets can be obtained from the Visitors Centre or online and they are selling out fast. For those interested in Chinese opera performances, the renowned Guangzhou Hongdou Cantonese Opera Troupe will be performing with local troupes. Some of the more known operas like “Farewell My Concubine” and “The Patriotic Princess” will be performed so this is an opportunity to soak in some culture to your week before the Festival ends on 24th November. Worried about the younger ones? Well don’t be! The festival aims to engage younger generations too with Hainanese puppetry, mask painting, social media activities and interactive workshops. Take advantage of this opportunity to recreate the nostalgic experience of opera!
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9 November 2019
Established in 1981, the Chinese Theatre Circle (CTC) has been promoting the art of Chinese Opera, dance and music in Singapore and beyond. It has staged more than 2,000 performances in Singapore and 23 countries and territories including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Romania, Scotland, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey and the USA. Its signature opera “A Costly Impulse” was recorded “live” in Beijing in 1993 and subsequently broadcast nationwide to a viewership of 700 million people. In March 1995, it became the first non-profit professional performing Chinese Opera company in Singapore and was subsequently awarded the Excellence for Singapore Award in 1997 for its efforts in promoting Chinese Opera in Asia and in the world. CTC is noted for its pioneering efforts in creating awareness of Chinese Opera. In 1984 CTC initiated the “Bringing Chinese Opera To The People” series by performing at community centres. Read More Here: http://www.ctcopera.com/about-us/organization-profile/
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John
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9 November 2019
There are more than 300 genres, or performing styles, in Chinese opera, but only three are on Unesco’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity: Kunqu, Peking Opera and Cantonese Opera. To celebrate the beauty and diversity of this traditional art form, Chinese opera veterans Liza Wang Ming-chun, Law Ka-ying and Tang Yuen-ha explain what makes each style so special and why Hong Kong continues to play an important role in their conservation and development. Read the full story here: https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1662942/cantonese-opera-traditions-must-be-protected-it-modernises
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