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Family fun at the Esplanade Mall this February

By inSing EditorEvents - 01 February 2014 12:00 AM | Updated 03 February 2014

Family fun at the Esplanade Mall this February

Gallop into a joyful Year of the Horse at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay where it’s all happening this Lunar New Year!

Forget about closing for the Lunar New Year. The entire island is abuzz with celebrations and Esplanade too is joining in the annual festivities. The arts centre hosts arts and cultural performances throughout the year, but for 11 days from 6–16 February, a special array of theatre, dance, music and visual arts presentations are set to ring in the Year of the Horse at Esplanade’s Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts.

Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts

Whether you are an arts newbie or a seasoned culture vulture, you will be sure to find something to suit your taste in the wide variety of ticketed and free programmes offered.

The much-talked-about and much-anticipated epic masterpiece of contemporary Chinese theatre A Dream Like A Dream (6–9 Feb | Theatre) is a not-to-be-missed theatrical experience. Directed by acclaimed theatre visionary Stan Lai, this production features a unique audience seating area situated right smack in the middle of the performance.

Pop rock aficionados should check out Hong Kong musicians and singer-songwriters KOLOR (12 Feb | Recital Studio) and groove to their original indie sounds flavoured with splashes of Cantopop and R&B. 

Ordinary Man
'The Ordinary Man' by T.H.E. Dance Company

Dance enthusiasts will marvel at the Singapore–Taiwan collaboration, The Ordinary Man (16 Feb | Theatre Studio). This crosstalk-inspired dance performance explores the bittersweet ironies of life, and is created by choreographers Wu Yi-San and Kuik Swee Boon, with dancers from Singapore and Taiwan.

Want something for the little ones? Why not take the kids to Hello Ling! (7-9 Feb | Recital Studio)? This is a fun and interactive theatre performance for children aged 2 to 4. Find out all about Ling and how her sunny green garden grows, and learn all about how light makes things glow, glisten, sparkle and shine! And that’s just one of a number of shows sure to delight your mini-mes.

'Soaring Dragon' by Carl Cheng Chi Ming

Visual arts lovers can enjoy Rotations – The Art of Tim Yip (till 29 Jun | Jendela) and delve into the Oscar-winning artist’s photographic prints and video collages featuring his arresting costume and set designs, and his other works in fashion and theatre. Also check out Soaring Dragon (till 30 Mar | Concourse Steps), an exploration in bamboo by Hong Kong artist Carl Cheng Chi Ming inspired by the Book of Changes (Yi Jing), and Tropical Zen Garden (till 2 Mar | Tunnel), an ink on rice paper installation by Singapore artist Oh Chai Hoo.

There will also be free programmes including Chinese traditional arts, music, crosstalk and more from 7 to 16 Feb. Check out the rest of Huayi’s offerings and don’t forget that all year round, Esplanade presents free shows every Friday to Saturday with On the Waterfront  and every day with At The Concourse.

grand pavillion cafe
Grand Pavilion Cafe

Celebrating Huayi with Food Glorious Food 

In addition to watching the shows, why not spend the day at Esplanade Mall where there is plenty to see and do? With a ticket to any Huayi performance, you can enjoy exclusive pre- or post- show meals at one of these four Esplanade restaurants where chefs have created set meals for the occasion! 

At Barossa (#01-11), tuck in to a deal of a two-course meal that starts with chicken consommé with pork dumpling appetizer and a choice of smoked duck breast with pasta or garlic pork sausages with Mei Chai for just $20++. Check out their specials on drinks too!

At Grand Pavilion Cafe (#02-25)soothe the rumbling tummy and enjoy a mocktail, an entrée and dessert for just $15.80 (U.P. $23.80++). You’ll be spoilt for choice with four main course options: Hainanese chicken rice, porridge with lean meat and century egg, chicken curry rice or jumbo prawn noodles. 

Laksa Tagliatelle by Ninethirty by Awfully Chocolate

Ninethirty by Awfully Chocolate (#02-14)offers three two-course sets to choose from, ranging from $20- $26++. You can have One Egg Soup and Pan-Seared Pork Belly or Chicken Noodle Soup and Laksa Tagliatelle. And there’s a vegetarian choice of King Oyster Mushroom and Couscous Salad, too.  

Supply & Demand

Finally at Supply and Demand Modern Bistro & Rooftop Bar (#01-13)you and that special someone can indulge in a delectable three course meal at $48++ that includes mouthwatering choices for the appetizer like Oriental Herbal Chicken Soup, Burmese Tea Leaf Salad or Cold Tofu Salad with Sautéed Mushrooms and Chicken Floss and likewise, a choice of three savory main entrees like a Rice Noodle Roll in Laksa-infused Cream with Seafood, a Thai-inspired Pork Pasta with baby rucola leaves and truffle oil or an Australian Angus Ribeye topped with Asian Spicy Sauce. Not to mention a trio of desserts!

Maestro Guitars

More Exclusive Deals for Huayi Ticket Holders

Consider taking up a new hobby for the year of the Horse and pop into Maestro Guitars & Ukeleles (#02-02) to peruse their handcrafted instruments. After all, Maestro is the only Singapore brand that handcrafts its guitars and ukuleles! And if you are a Huayiin::music concert goer, remember to sign up for Maestro’s free guitar or ukulele workshop where you will get to learn the basics of arranging popular songs to fingerstyle pieces using chords, melodic lines and basic fingerpicking techniques. For those who have no ticket but are still interested, it will cost just $10. Email [email protected] to book your places!

Kenko Wellness Spa

If you are watching the 8-hour A Dream Like A Dream,consider a rejuvenating fix at Kenko Wellness Spa (#02-21). Huayi ticket holders also get to enjoy 15 per cent off 40-minute massages.

Good Times for All 

Even if you are not a Huayi ticket holder, as long as you hold a ticket to any show at Esplanade, simply present that ticket to enjoy up to 15% off various shops at Esplanade Mall. 

The Naturalist Grandeur (left) and Czar Luxe (right)

So get your dose of retail therapy at the fashion boutique Mocha (#02-10), or shop for novelty gifts at POPCORNPOP (#02-17), or soothing essential oils at The Naturalist Grandeur (#02-09).  Music fans can browse at Gramercy Music (#02-06/08). Finally, how about splurging on some well-deserved bling at Csar Luxe (#02-11)? All these shops will give you a 10 per cent discount if you show your ticket!

For more information on Esplanade Mall specials for ticket holders, visit www.esplanade.com/ticketholderpromotions 

An Esplanade Arts Experience worth $1000 up for grabs! 

For sure, your February at Esplanade will be a full-on festive experience with Huayi performances and special promotions Esplanade Mall.

For those interested in completely immersing themselves in the ambience of one of the world’s busiest arts centres, take note that an Esplanade Arts Experience worth $1000 is up for grabs – just spend S$100 dollars in a single receipt between February and March, and stand a chance to win vouchers for performances, dining and shopping, plus a two-hour private tour of Esplanade conducted just for you and four friends — a perfect way to spend your day! In this tour, you will get to explore this architectural icon and world class arts centre as never before, including going backstage to restricted areas normally closed to the public.

Esplanade Concert Hall. Photo by Tim Griffith

A total of five lucky Esplanade Mall customers will win this, so head on down to Esplanade Mall.

Now that would be something to celebrate, and a galloping fun way to make your Year of the Horse a memorable one! For more information about how to win the Esplanade Arts Experience through Esplanade Mall, visit www.esplanade.com/mallpromotions.

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