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The ICONSIAM Prosperity Chinese New Year 2019
February 2 - February 5
The ICONSIAM Prosperity Chinese New Year 2019 takes place from 2 to 5 February, featuring performances from award-winning China’s acrobatic troupe, Thailand’s longest LED-illuminated golden dragon from 2016’s Asia competition winner, Chinese lion dance performance from 2018’s Asia award winner and live Chinese opera performances, along with multiple workshops and activities.
ICONSIAM Managing Director, Mr. Supoj Chaiwatsirikul, said “Chinese New Year is one of the most important events for Thai-Chinese communities in Thailand as it is a period of appreciating and preserving our rich heritage, and an excellent period to promote our outstanding tourism reputation.”
Organising the Chinese New Year 2019 celebration is very important for ICONSIAM due to its location in Thonburi which has a rich history and where Thai-Chinese communities live in harmony, according to Mr. Supoj.
ICONSIAM is organising the event in partnership with Thailand’s Ministry of Culture, Department of Cultural Promotion; True Corporation; CITIBANK; China’s leading online tourism platform Fliggy; and the Chinese Opera Troupe.
The event’s opening ceremony on 4 February will be presided over by Mr. Vira Rojpojchanara, Thailand’s Minister of Culture. It will feature a live performance by Thailand’s leading actor James Mar, who will take part in the Chinese lion dance performance bringing auspicious fortune to the audience. Another Thailand’s famous actress Kimberly Ann Voltemas will also be bestowing luck and blessing at ICONSIAM’s riverside ‘River Park’ plaza.
Mr. Supoj said: “For this unique occasion, ICONSIAM is going above and beyond by bringing in China’s leading acrobatic troupe, from Hunan province, who has won multiple awards domestically and internationally. Their series of award-winning acts includes extreme gymnastics, which had earned them a gymnastics award in youth category in New Zealand in 2018, girl’s power tumbling, which their members obtained winner medals in youth category in New Zealand in 2018, aerial acrobatics, and much more.”
Central act focuses on the majestic show of Thailand’s longest LED-powered golden dragon — at 108m in length, where it will sprinkle blessed water to nearby viewers, along with the grand dragon and nine mighty lions before unveiling Chinese banner scrolls.
These acts will be performed by winners of 2016’s Asia awards.
The act of nine mighty lions, illuminated by LED lights, involves the competition to obtain a magical orb. In addition, the act of the grand lion carrying the plum blossom will be performed by winners of 2018’s Asia awards.
Guests can also indulge in the traditional Chinese opera, which has become a rare form of entertainment today — courtesy of the Ministry of Culture, where they would provide facts and knowledge about the traditional Chinese opera, spreading Chinese heritage and values through their curated exhibition.
Lastly, workshops and activities such as face painting in Chinese opera style will be available for guests to capture truly incredible experiences.
At Charoen Nakhon Hall, M Floor, visitors can view and participate in Chinese-oriented activities for four consecutive days, including acrobatic shows, Chinese calligraphy and Chinese knotting workshops, live music shows performed with traditional Chinese instruments, traditional Chinese opera, reading zodiac signs, live talk shows based on auspicious values, and shopping for auspicious items, imported directly from China.
There is also a unique, contemporary golden Chinese pavilions where visitors can relax at, surrounded by an eclectic mix of Chinese tiaras, and majestic peony flowers, which symbolise good fortune, wealth, and loyalty.
River Park plaza and the peony tunnel, located near ICONLUXE, can be seen with a luxurious decoration of glowing lights.
Visitors are free to experience the opulent settings and snap pictures of the Chinese décor until 28 February, 2019.