The annual Chinese New Year carnival River Hongbao will go ahead in 2021 from 10 - 16 Feb at Gardens by the Bay. Registration will be required for visitors!
Updated (16 Feb 2021): River Hongbao extended till 20 Feb 2021.
Venue: Gardens by the Bay
Date: 10 - 16 Feb 2021 (extended till 20 Feb 2021)
Time: 2 pm onwards (more details below)
Fees: Ticketed Event
For the first time, the annual River Hongbao carnival will be held at the Gardens by the Bay, a shift from its usual venue at the Marina Bay floating platform. We take a look at the highlights of the upcoming carnival!
24 Giant Lanterns
There will be 24 giant lanterns scattered around the venue. Lanterns are an integral part of Chinese culture. Traditionally, lanterns are displayed during the Chinese New Year to symbolise wishes for a brighter future and an auspicious year ahead.
You will find lantern displays including the popular God of Fortune (Cai Shen Ye), the 12 Zodiac Animals and more! You can expect lots of photo opportunities!
The “Guardians of Good Fortune: The History of Lion Dance in Singapore” Exhibition @ River Hongbao showcases the importance and symbolism of the lion in Chinese culture.
There will be a curated selection of lion dance artefacts from private collectors and organisations, some dating as far back as the 1950s.
Nightly Screenings of Pre-recorded Performance
Due to safe-management measures, there will not be any "LIVE' performances during River Hongbao 2021. Instead, visitors can expect performances streamed online via the River Hongbao Facebook page.
You can expect favourites like the Getai Night, as well as new segments including the Joys of Spring, and the Xinyao Night; a contemporary Mandarin vocal genre that is uniquely Singapore, popularized between the late 1970s to 1980s. Below is the performance line-up.
- 10 Feb: 8.30 pm - 10 pm
- 11 Feb: 8.15 pm - 9.15 pm, 11 pm - 12 am
Chinese New Year Eve
- 12 Feb: 7 pm - 8 pm, 9.15 pm - 10.15 pm
Dance Galore Night
- 13 Feb: 7 pm - 8 pm, 9.15 pm - 10.15 pm
- 14 and 15 Feb: 7 pm - 8 pm, 9.15 pm - 10.15 pm
- 16 Feb: 7.15 pm - 8 pm, 9 pm - 10.30 pm
Joys of Spring
River Hongbao 2021 will be a ticketed event with a limited capacity and assigned time-slot for each visitor.
BYKIDO NOTE: It is not stated explicitly but we believe the event is free. It is only stated to be ticketed with no details on pricing and we will update if more information is available.
Registration will start 3 Feb 2021 at 11 am. You may visit Hongbao 2021 for more detail.