Glowing giant moon art installation, lanterns to light up MBKS for Mid-Autumn celebration on Sept 10-11

Wee (centre) together with the organisers in a photo with the giant moon sculpture which is in the process of being installed.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Sept 7: A giant moon sculpture and colourful lanterns will light up the Palmarium and South Villa Garden of Kuching South City Council (MBKS) on Sept 10 and 11 to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Themed ‘Fly Me To The Moon’, the Mid-Autumn Festival special event jointly organised by Sarawak Creative Arts and Cultural Association (SCACA) and Free & Easy Chinese Calligraphy Association, will bring together tradition, culture, art, creativity and innovation to showcase the second most important festival for the Chinese community in a new and diverse light.

With the Mid-Autumn Festival or Mooncake Festival symbolising reunion and togetherness, MBKS Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng emphasised that the event is a great platform to bring the diverse community together to not only enhance unity but also to share and preserve Chinese traditions and culture.

“It is not just a food fair but a festival that is educational, fun, enjoyable and helps build a harmonious community through engagement and interaction between different races.

“Sharing our cultures and traditions help us form better understanding and appreciation for one another as well as the meaning of every festival or celebration. We want people to know it is more than just mooncakes and lanterns,” he told a press conference at MBKS Headquarters here today.

A map indicating where the activities will be held across the festival grounds.

Apart from the art installations and a creative market, the event will also offer an exciting line-up of activities and programmes that will liven up the festival atmosphere from 10am to 9pm.

Activities include traditional Chinese arts and performances, lantern riddles, workshops, lantern parade, tea ceremony, Chinese chess contest, garden treasure hunt, lantern making, crafts making, Cheongsam showcase, diabolo (qi ling) performance, Chao’an mooncake workshop, herbal tea health talk, food tasting, storytelling and many more.

The public can scan the QR code (inserted in the posters) to download the programme book to check the details of the activities to be carried out on the two days. — DayakDaily

Promotional material for the event.
An overview of the location of the event.