Singapore Night Festival | Exploring The City’s Night Lights
The Hedonist comes to Singapore and there is no better way to introduce this vibrant city than through a special edition of the Singapore Night Festival.
The Singapore Night Festival is an annual affair that takes place every August, featuring various forms of art and culture this sunny island has to offer at dusk. From light installations, to visual and music performances and even a sensory experience, the Singapore Night Festival celebrates the marriage of art, culture and creativity.
This year’s Singapore Night Festival also marks ten magical years of lighting up Singapore’s city skyline with an extraordinary line up. The Festival is divided into four different zones each representing a division of an art form, as well as a Food Village for everyone to enjoy the amazing night lights with refreshments.
The first zone takes place at and around the National Museum of Singapore and the highly-anticipated LED light show is a must watch every year. With the façade of the museum lighted up using an array of projection, lights, laser and music, Convolutions by EZ3kiel was a fascinating sight to see how beautifully transformed the National Museum of Singapore was!
The second and forth zone was definitely the most energetic zone as performances took to the streets with many shows! A notable performing group include Bahia, Bloco Singapura as they wowed crowds with their infectious energy and bold beats. A fun fact: Bahia, Bloco Singapura performed at the inaugural Singapore Night Festival way back in 2008.
GLOBE definitely took the cake for the most elaborate act at this year’s Singapore Night Festival in Zone 3. The use of circus techniques, pyrotechnics, and video projection to create the visualization of liberty and the joy of flying, GLOBE is a child’s perspective of the real world, where the central character creates a domain that transcends religion, esotericism and cultural traditions.
It was a night full of magic and a great way to explore Singapore’s art scene. A personal favorite would be The Tree That Blinked by Karel Bata. It was fascinating to see a cast of silhouette on The Banyan Tree situated just outside the National Museum of Singapore. I certainly thought that The Banyan Tree was trimmed to perfection with some help from light projections and shadows. But as Bata said, giving the work a specific ‘meaning’ is elusive, as viewers bring their own strong personal interpretations.
A change to the usual day time activities, the Singapore Night Festival is definitely one not to be missed!