This year, UniSIM's Mid-Autumn Festival was celebrated on a larger scale in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of Chinese programmes. The double-celebration was held on 6 September 2014.
The day started with the lantern making workshop conducted by Mr Chiu Chuang-ting, a veteran craftsmaster of Chinese folk arts from Taiwan. With a class of about 20 participants, the workshop introduced the 12-faced lantern design made up of rhombus and triangular shapes. After the 3-hour workshop, participants were excited to see their labour came into fruition. This workshop was made possible by Spotlight Taiwan Project (special patron Dr Samuel Yin) in collaboration with Taipei Representative Office in Singapore.
The evening celebration started with a string of activities bustling outside Lecture Hall A.1.17, including moon cake tasting, Chinese tea appreciation, lantern riddles guessing game and Chinese calligraphy demonstration. Some 200 invited guests soaked up in the festive mood while enjoying the blinking lanterns hanging along the railings.
Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President of UniSIM graced the evening performance with a welcome address acknowledging the efforts and continuous support of the lecturers, associates, alumni and students who worked together in the past 15 years. This was followed by short addresses by Professor Eddie Kuo, Director, UniSIM Centre for Chinese Studies and Associate Professor Genice Ngg, Dean, School of Arts and Social Sciences.
Most of the performances in the evening were presented by alumni, associates and staff of UniSIM. The performing items included yang qin performance, classical guitar performance, solos, poetry recital, Peking opera choir and a special choir performance by New Horizon choir. The night ended with lantern riddles guessing game with questions spanninga wide range of knowledge in Chinese culture.
The evening performance event was jointly organised by UniSIM Centre for Chinese Studies and School of Arts and Social Sciences.
Crafts master from Taiwan, Mr Chiu Chuang-ting demonstrating the making of lantern
Participants proudly displaying their completed lanterns
Display and voting of lanterns
Moon cake and Chinese tea appreciation
Lantern riddle guessing game
Chinese calligraphy demonstration by Chew Tai Yin
Professor Cheong Hee Kiat giving welcome address
Professor Eddie Kuo giving opening address
Associate Professor Genice Ngg giving opening address
Yang qin performance
Solos by Dong Yaru (left) and Wu Xueli (right)
Classical guitar performance by 'Three Guitar Musketeers'
Peking opera choir
New Horizon choir