For your annual dose of Chinese arts and culture

2021 may have just begun, but it is already shaping up to be a promising year for exciting new shows and meaningful festivals, as arts venues across the country begin doling out their yearly offerings. And this includes the Esplanade, with the return of longtime Chinese Festival of Arts, Huayi.

Happening from Feb 19-Mar 14, Huayi 2021 continues to work with Singapore artists and has even commissioned six new works, among others.

Look forward to checking out the hotly-anticipated All the World is One’s Stage by Toy Factory Productions that features four local theatre veterans, as well as The Universe According to Niu by Paper Monkey Theatre. The former depicts Singapore’s past and future through heartfelt life stories, while the latter is a puppetry theatre production perfect for the little ones.


There’s also the online showing of dance film Dance en Scene, which takes an introspective look at movement and storytelling through four shorter flicks.

Audiences can expect new collaborations between international and Singaporean artists: Singapore’s chamber music ensemble re: mix and Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble will be performing celebrated Chinese composer Huang Ruo’s A Dust in Time, which was written as a response to the ongoing pandemic.

Finally, be sure to immerse yourself in exhibits like no other as well. While we won’t offer spoilers, you may wish to add the hypnotic Interspace by Ricky Sim to your to-view list.

With all that said, simply mark your calendars and patiently await the return of Huayi 2021, for your annual dose of Chinese arts and culture.

Huayi 2021 runs from Feb 19-Mar 14 at various Esplanade venues and online. More information available here.