Visual clips to tell simple stories of the past at CNY celebration

Showing the real Penang: Temple Lane director Ong Soon Teik (left), producer Ooi Ee Hao and Ooi (in red and black) explaining about the project at a press conference in Armenian Street.

VISITORS to the Penangites’ Chinese New Year Celebration 2015 will be taken on a journey back to the olden days at the Khoo Kongsi tomorrow.

Themed ‘Temple Lane’, the event will feature a series of 13 visual clips, some with audio, depicting the lifestyle and culture of Penang in the olden days.

The clips will be projected on the walls of the tunnel and shophouses at the Khoo Kongsi, from 6.30pm to 11.30pm.

Temple Lane assistant director Ooi Zihui said the scenes in the clips were set in the 1940s or 1950s.

“The audience will get a feel of what Penang or George Town was like back back then.

“We want to tell people that they shouldn’t just care about the commercialised part of Penang.

“We want to remind the audience about the real Penang, in terms of its culture and the people who used to live here,” she said in a press conference in Armenian Street on Wednesday.

Ooi said the life-size images would be projected onto the walls on the left and right rows of shophouses in Khoo Kongsi to simulate the feeling that one was present in the clip.

“The clips will present the stories of ‘The Suo Na Player’, ‘The Nasi Kandar Seller’, ‘The Singers’, ‘Labourers Having Steamboat’, ‘Old Nursery Rhymes’, ‘The Tycoon and His Family’, ‘Lion Dance’ and ‘The Traditional Lantern Maker’,” she said.

She said they started planning for the project in October last year.

Ooi added that 21 actors were engaged to act out the scenes featured in the clips and filming took two days to complete.

Penangites’ Chinese New Year Celebration 2015 project planner Susan Kwoh, who was also present at the press conference, said some roads would be closed today from 7pm to 11.59am tomorrow.

They are King Street, Penang Street, Church Street, Bishop Street, Chulia Street, Market Street, Cannon Street and Armenian Street, where the main events will be held.

She said the events for the celebration tomorrow and on Sunday would be spread out at the enclave covering the mentioned roads.

Kwoh also said that tomorrow, the whole stretch of Chulia Street would be closed from the Beach Street junction to the Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling junction from noon till midnight.

“Ah Quee Street, Kampung Kolam and Lebuh Buckingham will remain open and so will Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling.

“However, cars will not be able to head towards Khoo Kongsi because the area will be cordoned off,” she added.

Kwoh said that on Sunday, areas around the Esplanade such as Jalan Padang Kota Lama and Jalan Duke would be closed.

However, the remaining roads around the area will be open.

There will be four lions on stilts and the longest dragon dance performances by Indian stilt walkers, live Indian dances (on both days) and Boria (only on Sunday).

When contacted, Rapid Penang Group communications department associate Reena Sandher said that tomorrow, Chulia Street would be closed.

The people who want to take a bus would have to get to the bus stands in either Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Jalan Penang or Jalan Magazine.

“Only the CAT shuttle will be going through Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling.

“The public are advised to park at Komtar or Prangin Mall area to take the CAT shuttle, which will be frequenting the area every 15 minutes,” she added.

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