Immersive luminous experiences are about to transform the Bras Basah.Bugis district into an ethereal wonderland later this month. Boasting 16 Night Lights, over 40 performances and not one but two festival villages, Singapore Night Festival 2019 is bigger than ever before. Furthermore, this year’s SNF will also feature a Southeast Asian twist in honour of our Bicentennial. Here are just some of the sensational highlights to keep an eye out for.
Curtain Raiser: Transformation of Familiar Spaces
The Singapore Bicentennial edition of SNF kicks off with a teaser ahead of the Festival opening. The National Museum of Singapore is home to three installations that have been open to the public since 8 August. Feel the hypnotic sensation of nature’s power in Whispers at the Gallery Theatre. In Gallery 10, be transported to the edge of glaciers facing global warming in Antarctica in Collapse! Then imagine what homes would be like in a post-apocalyptic future in three-part installation Intergalactic Dreams.
Night Lights: Transformation through Illumination
When the Festival opens from 23 August, the annual Night Lights return to illuminate iconic façades and unexpected places. The headliner happens at the National Museum of Singapore, which comes to life in Keep Dreaming. It’s a family-friendly tale of three mysterious characters who awaken from their slumber to embark on a whimsical adventure. Then follow Prince Rama’s quest to rescue his wife as The Legend of Ramayana plays out at the Banyan Tree.
Along Stamford Road, get grooving at Disco Walkway as neon-coloured cubes glow to the beat of the music. The Stamford Court clock tower will also take on its inaugural façade projection in a playful animation called Tropicana. Inspired by Sang Nila Utama’s discovery of Singapore, Waves of Time follows the Prince as he chases his dream. This kid-friendly adventure is enacted on the façade of the historic CHIJMES chapel.
Is your kid addicted to Slime? Then a visit to the Campus Green of Singapore Management University (SMU) is a must. Glow Away is an Instaworthy installation filled with colourful UV-activated slime. Also check out Project:Dome, which showcases five brand new works. One is OCISLY, where you can add unique emoticons to help the atmosphere in the dome evolve.
Performances: Redefining Experiences
Headlining the second weekend is Fuerza Bruta’s globally sold-out immersive theatre show. It’s a 360-degree sensory theatre party happening all around you in a kinetic explosion of aerial acrobatics and visual effects. With just three 30-minute shows each night from 29 to 31 August at Cathay Green, spaces are limited, so get your tickets now!
If the light projection at the Banyan Tree captures your imagination, then head to the Dhoby Ghaut Green Festival Village. A child-friendly storytelling and dance production sees Rama’s wife recounting her adventures with the animals in Sita’s Magical Forest. In Anjaneyam – Hanuman’s Ramayana, the beloved monkey god Hanuman’s tale is told through bharatanatyam and Javanese dance.
Look out for MMO (Mystical Meandering Occurrences) roaming Bras Basah.Bugis. They are three ethereal mascots taking on mythical and physical characteristics of planets and other-worldly beings who burst into spontaneous performances in front of your eyes! More stage performances happen at the Dhoby Ghaut Green Festival Village and Armenian Street Park Festival Village. An exciting line-up of F&B partners and local and regional performing talents are set to satisfy both belly and soul.
Can’t wait? Well, stay tuned to this page for more exciting updates and sneak previews closer to the date. See you there! #sgnightfest
Singapore Night Festival 2019
When 7.30pm-12midnight, 23 to 31 August
Performance nights 29 to 31 August
Festival Villages 23 to 24 August & 29 to 31 August
Where Bras Basah.Bugis district
Admission Free entry; ticketing charges apply for selected programmes
Header image: Keep Dreaming by Spectaculaires
Feature image: Fuerza Bruta