Once again, a long weekend beckons and this time, the city is all geared up to entertain. Yay! Have you already planned what you’ll be doing? See if you can make it to all of these!
JOURNEY TO THE ARTS
Back on its fourth run, the Voyage Night Festival 2011 takes place over consecutive Fridays and Saturdays (26-27 August and 2-3 September) among the Bras Basah Bugis Cultural District museums. Thrills and illumination promised and will be delivered, we’re sure. Our picks for the family:
Walk through, interact with, gape at and let the kids strike a pose with spectacular and whimsical light installations from French group Nuit Blanche Paris. You’ll find them at SAM, School of the Arts (SOTA), Singapore Management University (SMU) and National Museum of Singapore (NMS). On weekends, you can also browse a flea market, watch film screenings, attend an oh-so-chic Parisian club party, and of course, grab some education at the museums’ exhibitions. 26 August-3 September, various locations.
Take a journey of discovery at the Peranakan Museum, where you can catch a Chinese shadow puppet show or watch images magically appear in a sand art performance. Kids can get handy with glow-in-the-dark crafts. 26-27 August (Friday and Saturday), 7-11pm (activities), Peranakan Museum. The museum opens till 2am on these nights.
It’s probably way past the kids’ bedtime but this may actually be worth sacrificing sleep for. Belgian group Theater Tol combines music, dance, film, aerial acrobatics, performance and pyrotechnics to celebrate an inter-cultural wedding. You, the audience, are invited to be a witness and a guest. 26-27 August (Friday and Saturday), 10.30pm, National Museum of Singapore, Stamford Green and Stamford Road.
Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company reinvents the story of Marco Polo. This collaboration between Taiwanese and Italian puppeteers and musicians sees traditional Chinese Nanguan and Beiguan music intertwine with songs from Italian opera. Stretch of imagination or a journey beyond cultures? You decide! 26- 27 Aug, 7.15pm & 11.30pm, National Museum of Singapore, Glass Atrium, level two.
• Art Garden at the Singapore Art Museum: Interactive contemporary art for children
Art that welcomes little hands and curious minds is possibly the best kind of art there is. Play with Walter, a curious colossal bunny, groove with the Dancing Solar Flowers, watch Baby Elephants on Parade, dress up life sized hand painted dolls in Mummy Dearest, shop at a lively Fruits market and create your own 3D paper fruit. Need a break? Chill out watching animations from all over the world.
Need another reason to go? Well admission is FREE from 7pm to 2am at exhibition venues: the National Museum of Singapore (NMS), Singapore Art Museum (SAM), and [email protected] during the festival. The Peranakan Museum and The Substation will open from 7pm to 2am on the weekend of 26 and 27 August.
Not that we need any excuse to have a picnic but hey, here’s the SSO (Singapore Symphony Orchestra) and there’s Maestro Lim Yau, doing what they do best and it’s free! Wine and dine al fresco to Mendelssohn, Offenbach, Sibelius and Suppé, let the kids romp and tire themselves out (easier bedtime, huh) and stop worrying about whether you cast the right vote that day. 27 August (Saturday), 6pm, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Trip the light fantastic at the Chinese Garden, where The World Of Legends comes alive at this year’s Lantern Festival. The theme: traditional Chinese legends (can you visualise an impromptu learning moment yet?). Eight hectares of greenery turn into light and fun as the garden comes alive with stage performances, traditional food stalls and carnival games. There’ll also be a Kids Fun Land for the little ones. 26 August-18 September, 9am-12mignight, Chinese Garden. Admission: $12 for adults (12 & above) / $8 for children (11 and below)