A THREE-DAY cultural event will be held in conjunction with the Mid-Autumn Festival at Ipoh Parade this weekend.
The festival, from today until Sept 9, brings together a plethora of cultural events to shoppers.
There will be a lantern parade, a LED lion dance performance, a Mid-Autumn costume contest and a lantern-making competition.
Visitors would also be able to view the decorated lanterns designed by shoppers in the lantern making competition on Sunday.
During the weekend, there will be an arts and crafts workshop, Chinese traditional costumes for photo sessions, as well as a fusion dance performance.
On Sept 9, fans of celebrity siblings Nick and Stella can have an up-close encounter with the duo at a meet-and-greet session.
The main atrium stage of Ipoh Parade will be adorned with cute rabbits in front of a beautifully dramatic backdrop depicting the legend of Chang E, who became a moon goddess after drinking an elixir to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
When she (Chang E) arrived on the moon, she met the jade rabbit that later became a deity after sacrificing itself in a fire so that it can be eaten by the three immortals who pretended to be beggars.
To this day, the two are being honoured during the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations.
Ipoh Parade’s advertising and promotions assistant manager Lim Huey Tyng said the festival is a time for family and friends to get together, and the annual fun-filled festivities in the shopping mall had always been something shoppers looked forward to.
“This year, we have brought in activities that the whole family can enjoy together amidst the festive decor, ” she added.
Ipoh Parade’s marketing and promotions head Alan Thoo remarked they have always strived to make a significant impact in their events, benefiting the community and environment in general.
“We noticed that our shoppers loved the lantern making competition last year, so this year, we will make it green by requiring participants to utilise recycled materials in their creations, ” he added.
The competition organising chairperson Jenimm Foo said participants could choose to create and decorate their lanterns with the off-site challenge at home, or the on-site challenge at the mall on Sunday.
“Through this, they will learn how to turn recycled materials into art while appreciating the cultural significance behind these lanterns, ” she said.