Now into its eighth run, the Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts 2010once again seeks to inspire and educate audiences from across various culture communities with a stellar mix of music, theatre, opera and installation art presented by both international and local artistes.
Launched in 2003 during the festive Chinese New Year period, Huayi has grown to become one of Singapore’s best loved arts festivals, as proven by strong attendance figures in both the Chinese and international communities, despite launching itself right smack in the middle of New Year festivities.
In the spirit of celebrating Singapore’s multi-cultural heritage, Huayi provides an uncommon platform to showcase Chinese performing arts – be it traditional, contemporary or pushing the envelope.
Running from 19 to 28 February, Huayitakes place at various locations in the Esplanade. Together with its ticketed programmes, the festival also highlights up-and-coming acts for free, providing a variety of entertainment for the entire family.
One of the major highlights includes SCENES, a groundbreaking festival commission that celebrates the triumphs of the Singapore Chinese language theatre scene while also providing important documentation and a reflection on its development, going as far back as the 1920s.
Don’t miss Man and Woman, War and Peace, which features a star-studded cast including Taiwanese idol Ariel Lin, multi-faceted Taiwanese actor David Wang, renowned Hong Kong music producer and Cantopop star Denise Ho among its young cast and crew.
It is acclaimed Hong Kong director Edward Lam’s latest theatre production about the perennial love/hate relationship between the sexes, minus the clichés, with a twist to boot.
Chinese music fans are in for an aural treat, as Taiwanese top indie princess Sandee Chanalso makes an appearance, along with performances by Cosmos People,The Carrchy and Peggy Hsu who is making her debut performance in Singapore.
Run the gamut from traditional to cutting edge with both a contemporary take on Dream of the Red Chamber to The Boy Who Sees With Stones, a “collective musing” project that makes use of live music and sound, multimedia art and animation to evoke worlds of imagination.
Free events include the auspicious Lion Dance opening ceremony, The Art of String Puppetry, a Chinese Indie Bands showcase including performances by our local Blackforest, ah5ive and Elyzia, Malaysia’s Manhand and Daydream and China’s Glamorous Pharmacy, as well as Fresh Takes and a SCENES exhibition.
For more information on Huayi 2010, please visit www.huayifestival.com.