30 Aug '11, 3pm

Mid-autumn festivities kick off in Chinatown

Mid-autumn festivities kick off in Chinatown

SINGAPORE: It is a myriad of activities in Chinatown, where the annual mid-autumn festival celebrations have just kicked off. Some 20,000 people took part in the light-up ceremony on Tuesday evening. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean got the party started, prompting performers from Singapore and overseas to comb the stretch of New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street. Over the month, 600 of them will bring this area to life with songs, skits and martial arts displays. The festivities are organised by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee. Organisers are hoping that this event will bring in more revenue for the shopping centres nearby. Vincent Tan, Chairman of the organising committee for the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival, said: "We hope that (the event) will improve business by 10 to 15 per cent and hope that one million visitors will come over (during t...

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