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Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations at Gardens by the Bay

Singapore, 11 September 2013 --- The annual Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations will be held at Gardens by the Bay for the first time from 13 to 22 September. Admission is free. 

Called Mid-Autumn Festival @ The Gardens 2013 (滨海花月庆中秋), this year's event is jointly organised by the Chinese Newspapers Division of Singapore Press Holdings, People's Association Passion Arts and Gardens by the Bay. The scale of this year's event is about 60 per cent bigger than last year's event at River Promenade. Visitors can look forward to a bigger and brighter Mid-Autumn celebration with more activities to take part in and lantern displays for photo opportunities. 

A major highlight will be the 54 lantern set pieces on display. Spectacular lantern set pieces based on different themes will be found at various locations in the Gardens. Some notable lantern set pieces include Jurassic Park, comprising eight dinosaur lanterns with movable parts; World of Fairy Tales; 12 Zodiac Signs; Birds & Insects Paradise, and a majestic Temple of Confucius which will all make their appearance for the first time. These lanterns are made locally by master craftsmen from China.

Visitors can also look forward to a wide range of activities over the 10-day event, including nightly stage performances, Asian Food Street, handicraft stalls, 3D exhibition, lantern-making competition, photo competition, fitness challenge, Chinese Chess competition, lantern riddles, as well as a host of charity events to raise funds for President's Challenge 2013. 

Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, will be the Guest of Honour at the opening ceremony on 13 September

Highlights of Mid-Autumn Festival @ the Gardens are as follows:

Stage Performances and Talent Search
Nightly performances by artistes from Sanya Performing Arts Troupe from Hainan province at The Meadow. There will also be cultural performances organised by the National Arts Council and other local performing groups. In addition, the Talent Search, sponsored by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Singapore Branch), will also be held at the stage area. The grand finals of the Talent Search is on 22 September

Asian Food Street and Handicraft Stalls
Visitors will be treated to an assortment of cuisines from China, Taiwan and Singapore at the Asian Food Street at The Meadow. In addition, an array of knick-knacks, handicrafts and snacks will also be available. 

Creative Lantern-Making Competition - Exhibition of Winning Entries
Organised for the third year by the Chinese Newspapers Division with the People’s Association, the competition's objective is to search for creative talents, cultivate interests and awareness of the Mid-Autumn Festival amongst Singaporeans, as well as to promote racial harmony and cohesion within the community. This year's competition attracted 56 entries. The winning entries will be on display at The Colonnade (Supertree Grove). 

Pandora 3D Exhibition
Presented by Keppel Club, this unique exhibition offers visitors a 3D experience as they admire exhibits built from recycling materials. The exhibits are hand-made by the staff of Keppel Club. 

Mid-Autumn Festival @ the Gardens Photography Competition 2013
Visitors can submit their favourite photos taken at the 10-day event to win attractive prizes sponsored by Canon Singapore. Registration is free but pre-registration is required. Submission deadline is 22 September 2013. To register, email
cndmaf@sph.com.sg or fax 63198114 with subject header "Mid-Autumn Festival @ the Gardens Photography Competition" together with your name, gender, NRIC, age, email address and contact details for more information. 

Charity Events for President's Challenge 2013
A series of charity events is organised in conjunction with Mid-Autumn Festival @ the Gardens to raise funds for President's Challenge 2013.

a) SPH's Chinese Newspapers Division will be organising its first Charity Walk on 21 September. President Tony Tan Keng Yam will flag off the walk which will take participants around the Gardens. About 1,000 participants are expected to take part in this charity walk. Registration fees of $5 (walk and lucky draw) and $20 (walk, lucky draw, and reception) per walker will be donated to President's Challenge 2013. 

b) Visitors can also do their part for charity by purchasing Sky Lanterns or Loy Krathong (Floating Lanterns) from 13 to 22 September. Each lantern will cost $10 and all proceeds will be donated to President's Challenge 2013. 

c) Renowned artist Qi Hong from China will be holding a Chinese art exhibition at the The Colonnade (Supertree Grove) from 13 to 22 September. His paintings on horses will be on display and are available for sale. Proceeds from the sale will also be donated to President's Challenge 2013. 

OTO Mid-Autumn Healthy Challenge 
Visitors can test their stamina and fitness level at this healthy challenge using the OTO Spring Ab from 13 to 15 September. Attractive prizes sponsored by OTO await the fittest participants.

Count the Frog Game by Sakae Holdings
Count the number of frog lanterns which are located at various parts of the Gardens to take part in the Count the Frog Game sponsored by Sakae Holdings Ltd. Participants stand to win Sakae hampers (worth $100 each) and complimentary vouchers ($50 each). 

Opening Hours and Transportation 
Opening hours of Mid-Autumn Festival @ The Gardens is from 6pm to 11pm (Mon - Fri) and 3pm to 11pm (Sat - Sun). Free shuttle bus service to Gardens by the Bay are available daily from 6.30pm - 11.30pm(Meadow Carpark 
and Marina Grove Carpark B). 

Public transportation: 
By bus: SBS 400, 
By train: Circle Line Bayfront MRT station; 
By car: Gardens by the Bay main entrance basement carpark or Meadow Carpark. Visitors can also park at Marina Bay Sands Carpark and Marina Grove Carpark B.

Fireworks Display
Visitors can look forward to fireworks display on the night of 13, 17 and 21 September

Mid-Autumn Floral Display in Flower Dome
Catch the new Mid-Autumn themed floral display in the Flower Dome, featuring dragonfly lanterns amidst a field of vibrant blooms. Visitors will enjoy 15% discount for on-site purchase of admission tickets to the cooled conservatories from 13 to 22 September. Opening hours for the conservatories and OCBC Skyway will be extended to 11pm (normal opening hours 9am to 9pm) during the 10-day event.

Media Invitation

Your reporter and photographer/ cameraman are invited to cover the opening ceremony of Mid-Autumn Festival @ The Gardens on Friday, 13 September.

Mid-Autumn Festival @ The Gardens 2013
Date: Friday, 13 September 2013
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay
Guest-of-Honour: Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance 

Programme:
6.35 pm Arrival of guests
6.45 pm Guest to be seated
6.55 Arrival of Guest of Honour, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance
7.00pm Official Light-up Ceremony
Stage performance and Fireworks
7.20pm Reception and Tour 

Please confirm your attendance with Francis Mah at 6319 1028 or Email: 
mahys@sph.com.sg by 12 September


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For more information, please contact:

Francis Mah
Senior Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR Division
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1028
Email: 
mahys@sph.com.sg

Susan Tan
Assistant Manager
Cultural Industry Promotion
Chinese Newspapers Division
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1902
Email: 
tancc@sph.com.sg

Ann Choo
Assistant Manager
Cultural Industry Promotion
Chinese Newspapers Division
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1968
Email: 
choowta@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Main board-listed 
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia's leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms. SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages, and over 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region. On an average day, – 3.05 million individuals or 76 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH’s internet editions of its major newspapers enjoy over 300 million page views with 20 million unique visitors each month. Other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, 
omy.sg, ST701, Stomp and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH has also ventured into book publishing, broadcasting, out-of-home advertising and properties. For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.

About Gardens by the Bay
An integral part of Singapore’s “City in a Garden” vision, Gardens by the Bay spans a total of 101 hectares of prime land at the heart of Singapore’s new downtown – Marina Bay. Comprising three waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central – Gardens by the Bay will be a showcase of horticulture and garden artistry that will bring the world of plants to Singapore and present Singapore to the World. Bay South, the largest at 54 hectares, officially opened on 29 June 2012.

Gardens by the Bay was started as a project by the National Parks Board. It has since grown to become an independent organisation responsible for developing and managing what will be Asia’s foremost garden destination.

To date, the Gardens has received several awards and accolades. In recognition of its efforts in environmental sustainability, it was conferred "World Building of the Year" at the World Architecture Festival 2012, "Green Mark for Parks Platinum Award" by the Building and Construction Authority, and "ABC Water Certification" by Singapore's national water agency PUB. It also received commendation from the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards in 2009 in the Regeneration and Masterplanning category. For more information, visit 
www.gardensbythebay.com.sg.

About People’s Association

The People’s Association (PA) was established on 1 July 1960 to promote racial harmony and social cohesion in Singapore. Our mission is to build and bridge communities in achieving one people, one Singapore.

PA offers a wide range of programmes to cater to Singaporeans from all walks of life - connecting people to people, and people and government. We do this through our network of 1,800 grassroots organisations (GROs), over 100 Community Clubs, five Community Development Councils, the National Youth Council, National Community Leadership Institute, Outward Bound Singapore and Water-Venture. More information at 
www.pa.gov.sg and OurCommunity.sg.