Flower powered dragon

Flower powered dragon
This dragon dance of flower-shaped lanterns has entered the Singapore Book of Records as the “Longest Dragon made of Cloth Flowers”.

SINGAPORE - As dusk fell over Chinatown yesterday, a majestic yellow dragon sprang to life.

It leaped and danced along Chinatown's Garden Bridge, delighting spectators with a preview of the Mid-Autumn Festival Opening and Light Up ceremony.

At 28 metres-long, the dragon, made entirely out of flower-shaped lanterns, has entered the Singapore Book of Records as the "Longest Dragon made of Cloth Flowers".

The dragon is one of many floral features of this year's Mid-Autumn Festival, themed "A Blooming Mid-Autumn".

The official Opening and Light Up Ceremony will be on Sunday, on Eu Tong Sen Street and South Bridge Road.

It will include the record-breaking dragon dance performance, a line-up of multicultural song-and-dance performances by local and overseas troupes, a fireworks display and a street light-up.

Every evening from Sunday to Sep 28, New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street and South Bridge Road will be decked out in a stunning display of 3,100 flower-shaped lanterns.

The string of lanterns, stretching over 880 metres of road, are made out of silk cloth and stainless steel wires. The display comprises six types of flowers - the lily, orchid, peony, bauhinia flower, narcissus and frangipani.

It was put together by 36 craftsmen from Zigong Zhongyi Lantern Lighting Art in Sichuan.

The craftsmen were in Singapore last month, spending 12,000 hours over 40 days to craft the lanterns.

They were flown in by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee (KA-KS CCC), who make up the main organising committee for the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations.

Nearly Two Months

Said committee chairman Vincent Tan, 50, a managing director of a food service provider: "The craftsmen put in a lot of hard work and really managed to bring the designs to life.

"It took (the committee) about one to two months to decide on the theme, type, shape and colours of the lanterns."

The designs were thought up by members of KA-KS CCC and former students of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

There will also be festive street stalls offering a variety of treats like moon cakes, pomelos, lanterns, handicrafts and tea.

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