Old Shanghai theme for festival

Classic event: Two cheongsam clad models posing for a photo session after Penang Municipal Council president Datuk Patahiyah Ismail held a press conference to announce the second Mid-Autumn FestoRama@The Pearl of the Orient 2013 event at the Information Centre in Penang Municipal Park.

Classic event: Two cheongsam clad models posing for a photo session after Penang Municipal Council president Datuk Patahiyah Ismail held a press conference to announce the second Mid-Autumn FestoRama@The Pearl of the Orient 2013 event at the Information Centre in Penang Municipal Park.

THE second Mid-Autumn FestoRama @ The Pearl of the Orient 2013 event in Beach Street, George Town, on Sept 15 is set to take visitors down memory lane through its Old Shanghai theme.

The event will showcase a variety of cultural activities between 3pm and 11pm.

Adelyn Lim, managing director of CreatiVision D.C. Sdn Bhd which is the organiser of the event, said a major section of Beach Street and parts of Bishop Street and China Street Ghaut would be dressed with lanterns and colourful lights for the event.

“We chose the Old Shanghai theme because in the 20th century, there was a cultural change in literature, music, visual arts, martial arts and cuisine among the Chi- nese not only in Shanghai but throughout the world, including in Penang.

“So, we felt it would be nostalgic to reminisce the rich Chinese cultural activities in Penang of the 40s, 50s and 60s through this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations,” she said at a press conference yesterday.

The event is expected to attract about 70,000 people compared with 50,000 people last year.

Besides cultural shows, the event will showcase a Golden Old Shanghai Musical show featuring Taiwanese group Feng Hua Ai Xian, local talent Musly Ramly who would perform as the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee, and dancers from Darwen Tolentino.

Among other events are a cheong sam fashion show by Brandon Tan and Aden Yong, a tsukimi moon-viewing event, an oldies karaoke competition, a wushu demonstration, a creative mooncake designing competition and traditional children’s games.

There will also be a mini classic cars exhibition and A-Go-Go and Rock & Roll flashmobs.

Lim encouraged visitors to show up in traditional and casual outfits of the particular era.

“We will be giving away attractive prizes for the best dressed persons,” she said, adding that the underprivileged from charity and welfare homes who would like to attend the event should contact the organiser to make necessary food and transportation arrangements.

Penang Municipal Council president Datuk Patahiyah Ismail said the council would work closely with police to ensure proper traffic management in the vicinity during the event.

“The roads within the George Town Heritage enclave will be partially closed to traffic for the Penang Starwalk 2013 in the morning, while parts of Beach Street, Bishop Street and Church Street Ghaut will be closed between 3pm and midnight for this event,” she said.

The event is sponsored by Malton Group Bhd, presented by Celcom Axiata Bhd, supported by Penang Global Tourism and endorsed by the council.

Source: The Star Online