It is that time of the year again when Singapore Night Festival 2019 returns to set the night alive from 23 to 31 August. Get ready to be mesmerised by colourful projections on the facades of iconic landmarks and indulge in interactive light installations as you walk along the Bras Basah-Bugis district.
Expect a different twist in the acts for this year as some of it will feature elements that commemorate the Singapore Bicentennial. Immerse yourself at several installations and have your cameras at the ready to snap some pictures and better your Instagram feed. Here are some recommended highlights that you definitely would not want to miss.
1. Fuerza Bruta
If you are a fan of the theatre, here’s your chance to catch the aerial acrobatics performance by internationally renowned Fuerza Bruta. The Argentinean troupe have performed to more than 6 million spectators worldwide in sold-out shows spanning 34 countries and have finally made their way to the shores of Singapore.
With dramatic lighting effects and aerial acts around the standing audience, inches away from you, this spectacle is indeed a breathtaking one. Get ready for a confetti shower as you watch the performers soar to the skies.
Opening Hours: 29 – 31 Aug 2019, 8.30pm, 9.45pm and 11.00pm
Venue: Cathay Green
Price: $15/pax excluding SISTIC fee. You can check other discounted prices here
2. Festival Village
Festival Village returns for Singapore Night Festival 2019 at the newly pedestrianised Armenian Street Park and Dhoby Ghaut Green. Soak up the bustling atmosphere at these places as you enjoy live tunes by local performers while satisfying your hunger pangs with the wide variety of food and beverages available. This is the perfect pit stop as well if you need a break from seeking out the different art installations.
6pm to midnight and 8pm to midnight on Thursday ( Armenian Street Park)
6pm to midnight daily ( Dhoby Ghaut Green)
3. Light Projections on Landmarks
Light projections have always been a recurring theme in the different editions of Singapore Night Festival. This year is no exception—the light projections on the façade of iconic landmarks are more impressive, especially if you take into account the Southeast Asian folklore themes that are weaved into the projections.
Over at CHIJMES, you can catch Waves of Time where it tells the tale of a Prince chasing his dream around our island. For those planning on having a meal around the area, this is the perfect place for you to indulge your senses and satiate your hunger.
The Banyan Tree just beside the National Museum lights up as the Sanskrit epic poem The Ramayana is narrated to the audience. This classic tale tells the story of how Prince Rama attempts to save his wife from the demon.
For those who have visited the past editions of Singapore Night Festival, the National Museum is back with another kinetic visual—Keep Dreaming—a whimsical tale where characters slowly awaken to embark on an exciting, and immersive adventure. Grab your family and friends and get comfy at the green lawn facing the Museum and get ready to be completely entranced.
Keep your eyes peeled for the animated projection, Tropicana, up at the Stamford Clock Tower—a first for The Night Festival.
Opening Hours: 7.30PM -12AM
4. Aesthetically Pleasing Light Installations
In:Sight features unique neon light art installations that see the university campus transformed into a place of magic and wonder.
Symbiote along the walkway of Stamford Road showcases different hole-filled structures which are made of thin, seamless fabric. Wait for it to light up and wander through the different structures, and of course, don’t forget to take a shot while you are at it.
We have often seen scaffold structures in place for construction purposes. To see it from an artistic perspective is definitely awe-inspiring. Work-in-progress in the National Design Centre populates a scaffold structure with animated light formations along with an audial accompaniment.
Opening Hours: 7.30PM -12AM
5. Unique Art Displays
Whispers in the Gallery Theatre of the National Museum of Singapore is a dramatic installation that will sweep you off your feet. The immersive wind therapy session visualises the transformation of wind from a simple breeze to an overwhelming amplitude of strength.
Opening Hours: 10AM -7PM (extended to 10PM from 25th – 28th Aug, and to 12AM on weekends)
Entering a dome tends to give rise to a couple of surprises and Project:Dome at SMU Campus Green is no exception. One of the installations that are showcased in this dome will be OCISLY where you get to view emojis flying around the dome screens at this crowd-sourced digital projection.
Lie down on the beanbags scattered around the space and have a complete view of The Land Above where abstract geography is presented. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a kaleidoscope of reimagined cultural visuals.
Opening Hours: 7.30PM -12AM
Singapore Night Festival 2019 is indeed mind-boggling with the different lighting effects and dramatic portrayals of projections. From performances to the installations, indulge yourself in an immersive experience that will leave you fascinated. It’s hard for me to point out which installation is the best, I guess, you can be the judge when you head down!
Singapore Night Festival 2019: Bras Basah and Bugis
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