Getai singers Leon Lim, Wang Lei and Liu Ling Ling perform a getai show at a studio in Singapore. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced getais, or free concerts that are traditionally staged outdoors for the living and the dead during the Hungry Ghost Festival, to go virtual. Photo: Reuters
Getai singers Leon Lim, Wang Lei and Liu Ling Ling perform a getai show at a studio in Singapore. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced getais, or free concerts that are traditionally staged outdoors for the living and the dead during the Hungry Ghost Festival, to go virtual. Photo: Reuters
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Coronavirus pandemic forces Singapore’s getai concerts for the dead to go online

  • Getai shows are mainly held during the Hungry Ghost Festival in the seventh month of the lunar calendar, when spirits of the dead are believed to return
  • Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the popular form of entertainment in Southeast Asia is now being broadcast over the internet

Getai singers Leon Lim, Wang Lei and Liu Ling Ling perform a getai show at a studio in Singapore. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced getais, or free concerts that are traditionally staged outdoors for the living and the dead during the Hungry Ghost Festival, to go virtual. Photo: Reuters
Getai singers Leon Lim, Wang Lei and Liu Ling Ling perform a getai show at a studio in Singapore. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced getais, or free concerts that are traditionally staged outdoors for the living and the dead during the Hungry Ghost Festival, to go virtual. Photo: Reuters
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