The Rooster Catches Fire: The Esplanade’s Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts

The Esplanade rings int he Chinese New Year with performing arts

We don’t know yet how President Donald Trump will deal with China, but we do know that China is a force to be reckoned with. That’s not only from an economic and manufacturing point of view – Chinese mobile phones take much better selfies than the American and Korean ones – but also in terms of performing arts. Foreign stage works, like films, are trying to break into the world’s largest market and at the same time Chinese works today have a strong presence at festivals worldwide.

That increasing dominance is confirmed by Esplanade—Theatres on the Bay producer Delvin Lee.

About the author(s)

Kathy Rowland is the Managing Editor of, a registered charity that she co-founded with Jenny Daneels in 2016. The site is dedicated to supporting and promoting arts criticism with a regional perspective in Southeast Asia. Kathy has worked in the arts for over 25 years, working in the areas of critical writing and arts advocacy, with a special interest in media platforms for the arts. She is the Project Lead for ArtsEquator’s Southeast Asian Arts and Culture Censorship Documentation Project, launched in 2021. She has written extensively on censorship of arts and culture in Malaysia. She was a member of the International Programme Advisory Committee of the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture, 2019.

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