From traditional flower market to lion dance champions, get your CNY mood on


  • Arts
  • Thursday, 16 Jan 2020

Kun Seng Keng Lion and Dragon Dance Association from Muar, Johor will be showing off its award-winning skills at TPC, Bukit Kiara in KL on Jan 18. Photo: Filepic

Ang pow packets, Mandarin oranges, cookies, fireworks and family reunions make for a perfect Chinese New Year. But you might want to add some arts and culture to the equation.

Attend a different kind of open house at the Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC) with its tasty line-up of Spring Festival performances. Be mesmerised by a breathtaking lion dance performance from a world champion troupe from Johor.

Get in touch with your traditional roots with a Chinese paper cutting workshop at REXKL. And what would the year of the rat be without a show about the humble creature?

Here are our top picks on things you can do this Chinese New Year in the Klang Valley:

'The Mouse Wedding' is adapted from a classic Chinese New Year story. Photo: Orang Orang Drum Theatre'The Mouse Wedding' is adapted from a classic Chinese New Year story. Photo: Orang Orang Drum Theatre

The Mouse Wedding

Where and when: Jan 17: SJK (C) Kg Baru Ampang (10.30am), Jan 22: SJK (C) Rasa (10.30am), Selangor

Adapted from a traditional Chinese New Year story with some added local elements, this multidisciplinary show series by Orang Orang Drum Theatre promises to be entertaining and interactive. Utilising masks, dance, percussion music and a beloved storyline, The Mouse Wedding is wonderful children's theatre show to catch this Year of the Rat. As the story goes, the king of the Mouse Kingdom appoints a mouse named Keong to look for the most powerful husband for his daughter. The play follows his perilous journey as Keong searches for a suitable partner for the princess. A street theatre show will also be held at Jalan Trump, Kuala Sepetang in Perak on Jan 31 at 8pm. Admission is free. Facebook: Orang Orang Drum Theatre.

The Flying Dragon - 26m long! - at Kwai Chai Hong in KL's Chinatown. Photo: Handout The Flying Dragon - 26m long! - at Kwai Chai Hong in KL's Chinatown. Photo: Handout

Chinese New Year: Lanterns and Dragon

Where: Kwai Chai Hong, Lorong Panggung, KL


When: Daily till Feb 16

At Kwai Chai Hong (aka Little Demon Lane) in KL's chinatown, there is no shortage of hanging red lanterns to take visitors back in time to the 1960s golden era of the Petaling Street area. This CNY, a vivid and energetic Flying Dragon installation - all 26m! - has been added to Kwai Chai Hong's attractions. With the dragon's head and tail inspired by the ancient art of dragon dance, and the body inspired by the art of dragon kite, you know you have the right Insta-worthy location to visit. Facebook: kwaichaihong.

Get your lime trees and more sorted out at the Flower Market 2020 at REXKL on Jan 18 and 19. Photo: Filepic Get your lime trees and more sorted out at the Flower Market 2020 at REXKL on Jan 18 and 19. Photo: Filepic

REXKL Flower Market 2020

Where: REXKL, Jalan Sultan, KL


When: Jan 18 and 19

In case you don't know, the Chinese New Year is also a celebration of spring. And what better way to celebrate springtime than the REXKL Flower Market. This pop-up flower market in Chinatown pays tribute to the flower markets of the past and also aims to transport visitors back to a time when Chinatown was frequented by many for dining and entertainment. There will be a traditional Chinese paper cutting workshop on both days of the event. A workshop to introduce visitors to modern Chinese lettering used for decorative writing on ang pao packets and spring couplet papers is also on the weekend programme. Not to be missed is also a talk on traditional Chinese customs from the founders behind Hei Kwa, a Chinese traditional wedding dress rental shop. Facebook: REXKL Flower Market 2020.

Lion Dance Performance 2020

Where: TPC, Bukit Kiara, KL


When: Jan 18, 11am

Chinese New Year is never complete without the much anticipated lion dance. It's also totally different, mind-blowing experience when you have the award-winning Kun Seng Keng Lion and Dragon Dance Association, the serial Genting World Lion Dance Championship winners, performing in KL. When it comes to this Muar, Johor-based group, the acrobatic lion dance action will be nothing short of spectacular. Not to forget some gravity-defying high pole lion dancing in the mix. a performance not to be missed. For this performance, admission is free. Facebook: Lion Dance Performance 2020.

Chinese instrument ensemble Eight Twelve will be playing at this year's DPAC Spring Festival 2020. Photo: DPACChinese instrument ensemble Eight Twelve will be playing at this year's DPAC Spring Festival 2020. Photo: DPAC

DPAC Spring Festival 2020

Where: DPAC, Petaling Jaya


When: Feb 2

The DPAC Spring Festival is back for another edition. It has an amazing lineup of contemporary dance performances, music, instrumental works, jazz music and ballet. With seven performances happening throughout the day, there's enough to keep the masses entertained. Performers are Kwang Tung Dance Company, Eight Twelve, Tay Cher Siang, Evelyn Toh, Hands Percussion, Wei Han-Yang, Dance Space and Colour of Voices Tickets are priced at RM20. More details: www.dpac.com.my.

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