Things To Do: 5 Exciting Things to Do on 23 & 24 January 2021

Chinese New Year preparations kicks off and art takes centre stage this upcoming weekend — here are some of the activities you’ll want to enjoy whether you’re at home or out and about!

1. CNY Fair 2021 at Takashimaya

Takashimaya Singapore

It’s that time of the year again to start shopping for Chinese New Year! Takashimaya’s annual fair may be reduced to a total of 24 stalls from 60 last year due to COVID restrictions but don’t worry, there’s still enough brands participating so you don’t have to go home empty-handed. Some of them to look forward to are Asian T.Abalone, BBQ Chef, HarriAnns Nonya Table, King of Melon Seeds, My Mum’s Cookies, and Rasa Sayang.

Unfortunately due to safety measures, sampling of food will not be available this year and only an estimated 28 shoppers will be allowed into the hall in Basement 1 at any one time. The location of the fair which was originally the mall’s atrium is now spread across Basement 1 and 2. For eager shoppers heading down this weekend, there are special deals to look out for — an Early Bird Special of up to 20 per cent off on selected brands, and the first 200 DBS Takashimaya Cardholders per day will receive a S$10 CNY voucher with a minimum spend of S$200 (maximum of three same-day receipts).

2. Chinatown Street light-up

More exciting CNY news! The Chinatown Street light-up is synonymous with the official start of CNY festivities, and this year it even goes digital! Watch the 880 metre light-up of lanterns in the shape of pomelos, blossom trees, and ingots. There will also be 88 ox lanterns that will illuminate Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road. In total, there will be 888 lanterns lighting up the precinct.

Visitors who would like to observe the light-up are reminded to abide by safe management measures. Alternatively, they can watch it from their homes as the event will be live-streamed on Chinatown Festivals’ Facebook Page on Saturday at 8 p.m. Other than the light-up, there will also be other programmes like short films about Chinese New Year delicacies to look forward to, streamed on the Chinatown Festivals’ Facebook page this month and the next.

3. Art-making in difficult times

Art-lovers will want to tune in to this one. Join three female artists, Eunice Lacaste, Winnie Li, and Veronyka Lau as they discuss the difficulties of pursuing art amidst the pandemic. Sharing their experiences on how they navigated the changes to their arts practice and how important it is to build on the arts community as a safe space for diverse voices to be heard.

Conducted entirely on Zoom, this event is free for anyone with a myLibrary ID. If you do not have a myLibrary ID, you can create one here. The talk takes place on 23 January, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and registration can be done via this link.

4. Open books: I want to go home – outdoor installation

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