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Monday September 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday September 16, 2013 MYT 6:56:46 AM
by arnold loh
Let’s party: Participants dressed in funky styles of the 50s and 60s dancing at the Mid- Autumn Festival celebration in George Town.
GEORGE TOWN: It was Shanghai-revisited, with many coming in the funky styles of the 1950s and 60s — turned-up collars, drain-pipe pants, pointed black shoes, polka-dotted skirts and hair-sprayed hairdos.
They danced the cha-cha, a-go-go and the tango. They were hot and they looked cool.
This was Beach Street, in the middle of the city’s business district, and they were celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival against a backdrop of old Shanghai.
“Shanghai, in the middle of the 20th century, saw a cultural change with a unique fusion of East and West,” said Adelyn Lim, managing director of CreatiVision, the event’s organiser.
“This change affected literature, music, visual arts, martial arts and cuisine among the Chinese. And, it even spread to Penang,” she said.
“So, we felt it would be nostalgic to bring back the era as we celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.”
Chinese drum beats heralded the opening of the festival by Penang Municipal Council president Datuk Patahiyah Ismail at 3pm yesterday.
Chinese craft from a time long past, with artisans working on woodcarving, printmaking, Chinese origami and basket weaving, could be seen in one enclave.
In another, there were Chinese cultural dances and shows.
Hundreds of lanterns lit up at sunset, illuminating the vibrant street while “Tango in Shanghai” raged on the street, with flash mob dancers leading the way.
Programmes lined up included Golden Old Shanghai Musical Performance, Cheong Sam Fashion Show, creative mooncake-making competition, mooncake-eating competition, Chinese martial arts demonstration and golden oldies karaoke performance.
At the Chinese arts and craft pavilion, visitors were awed as artisans demonstrated rarely seen works of art.
About 50 classic cars were parked in nearby Downing Street for visitors to admire.
The one-day event attracted an estimated 70,000 people.
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