Zoe Tay and Joanna Dong play on River Hongbao, which has attracted 1.14 million visitors, Singapore, Entertainment News

SINGAPORE – Local television stars and singers were celebrated on Saturday (February 9) in River Hongbao, the annual Chinese New Year Festival.

Calligraphy and wushu performance were given by actress Zoe Tay and actors Desmond Ng, Nick Teo, Ben Yeo and Shane Pow; while you sing! China Singaporean third prize winner Joanna Dong treated the audience to a medley of jazzed up Chinese New Year songs accompanied by Ding Yi Music Company.

Guests at the event on Saturday under Mr. Ong Ye Kung, Minister of Education, and adviser to the River Hongbao, and Ms. Sim Ann, senior minister of state for communication and information, as well as Culture, Community and youth.

This year's River Hongbao, which started on February 3 and ends on Sunday (February 10), has seen about 1.14 million visitors so far.

Mr. Ong Ye Kung, Minister of Education, and advisor to the Hongbao River, at the event on February 9, 2019.Photo: The Straits Times / Kelvin Chng

Ong said in a speech that River Hongbao has become an annual festive event that people look out for and celebrates a rich and deep culture. Saturday's show was part of Singapore Talent Night, which took place on Friday and Saturday.

Mr. Ang Wei Neng, chairman of River Hongbao 2019 and MP for Jurong GRC, added: "The high-quality two-night show was designed to enable new artists with great potential to show their talent to an audience of 30,000. people.

"Through the platform of Singapore Talents Night we hope to cultivate the next JJ Lin," he said, referring to the popular native singer.

Thousands have appeared in the evening at the festival at The Float @ Marina Bay to enjoy the lanterns and animals of the zodiac next to a gigantic God of Fortune.

Photo: The Straits Times / Kelvin Chng

This year's event also included recreations of Samsui women and a wish similar to Suntec City's Fountain of Wealth. The week-long festival is free for the public.

The River Hongbao started this year on February 3, 2019 and ends on February 10, 2019.Photo: The Straits Times / Kelvin Chng
Photo: The Straits Times / Kelvin Chng

On Saturday, the air was illuminated for 10 minutes by fireworks from the Australian Howard and Sons Pyrotechnics. The company has routinely set up fireworks displays on the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge for major events such as Australia Day and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018.

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