Singapore Night Festival 2015: Ten Starry Light Installations To Wander Into

It feels as if Christmas always comes early to our little red dot, thanks to the highly-anticipated annual event we have all come to love – Singapore Night Festival.

Singapore Night Festival 2015, taking place over the last two weekends of August 2015, returns to light up our city centre with a spectacular line-up of provocative light art installations, glamorous acts and breath-taking street performances.

This year, Singapore Night Festival boasts over 100 performances and light installations by more than 30 international and Singapore artists.

Of course, in light of Singapore’s golden jubilee, this year’s Singapore Night Festival will showcase an ensemble of world-class entertainment set to the theme of Glitz and Glamour.

A favourite and key feature of Singapore Night Festival is the bright light art installations that will be scattered all over the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct, which always receives much awe and admiration from festival goers.

At this year’s Singapore Night Festival, Popspoken shortlisted 10 of these Night Light artworks for our readers to check out.

1. Anooki Celebrate Singapore @ National Museum of Singapore

  • Date: 21 Aug to 29 Aug
  • Time: 7.30 PM to 11.00 PM (Sun – Thu), 7.30 PM to 2.00 AM (Fri & Sat)
  • Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Façade

The Anooki (Anook and Nooki) are the world’s smallest Inuits. Watch these adorable characters come alive and run riot across the façade of the National Museum in a story specially created for the festival and Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. Dance and sing along to their irresistible tune and soak up their contagious energy!

2. Le Desir Et La Menace @ National Museum of Singapore

  • Date: 21 Aug to 29 Aug
  • Time: 7.30 PM to 11.00 PM (Sun – Thu), 7.30 PM to 2.00 AM (Fri & Sat)
  • Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Banyan Tree

Cédric Le Borgne invites everyone to view daily life in a refreshingly new way. His work employs precise mise en scène and lighting techniques to give his chicken wire sculptures life, and abolishes barriers to blend with the space around them. Le Desir et la Menace is a collection of three bird wire sculptures perched on the branches of the National Museum’s majestic banyan tree, creating a magical atmosphere as you approach.

3. Drawn In Light @ National Museum of Singapore

  • Date: 21 Aug to 29 Aug
  • Time: 7.30 PM to 11.00 AM (Sun – Thu), 7.30 PM to 2.00 AM (Fri & Sat)
  • Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Mainground

In 2014, Drawn In Light was declared the public favourite of the Amsterdam Light Festival. This 12-metre-wide installation is made from metal wires, hand-bent into the form of a typical Amsterdam-style canal building. The sculpture not only reflects light but also hovers and rotates above the ground, inviting visitor interaction.

4. Illuminate @ Peranakan Museum 

  • Date: 21 Aug & 22 Aug, 28 Aug & 29 Aug
  • Time: 7.30 PM to 2.00 AM
  • Venue: Peranakan Museum, Lecture Room

Marvel at fashion displays that glow in the dark, designed by students from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. The futuristic Peranakan ethnic prints, patterns, motifs and fabrics on each outfit are illuminated by UV light, offering a different take on contemporary Peranakan fashion.

5. Hanami @ American Church

  • Date: 21 Aug to 29 Aug
  • Time: 7.30 PM to 11.00 PM (Sun – Thu), 7.30 PM to 2.00 AM (Fri & Sat)
  • Venue: Armenian Church

This light installation is inspired by hanami, the Japanese tradition of celebrating the transient beauty of cherry blossoms each spring. Visitors can stroll down a path amid glowing, miniature cherry trees adorned with shimmering chandeliers that create a constellation of sparkling lights, reminiscent of falling cherry blossoms.

6. Spark! @ National Museum of Singapore

  • Date: 21 Aug & 22 Aug
  • Time: 7.30 PM to 11.30 PM
  • Venue: School of the Arts (SOTA), SMU, Armenian Street, National Museum of Singapore
  • Roving performance begins at SOTA

Five mysterious characters made of light and sound will take you on an immersive journey through the vibrant Bras Basah.Bugis precinct. These fascinating LED light drummers will interact with the audience, accompanied by high-impact drumming and exuberant music, beautiful lighting design, dynamic choreography and dazzling costumes.

7. The Garden of Angels @ National Museum of Singapore

  • Date: 28 Aug & 29 Aug
  • Time: 9:00 PM, 11:00 PM (25 mins show)
  • Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Front Lawn
  • 28 & 29 Aug | 8pm (30 mins)

Inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall, Theater Tol’s latest performance merges the realms of nature, people and fantasy into one. A vibrant parade starting from Armenian Street brings to life a surreal world of dancers, musicians, flowers and animals that take to the streets in revelry. The parade culminates at the National Museum of Singapore, with a spectacular aerial carousel of angels descending from the heavens and showering gifts over everyone.

8. Pixels Wave 2015 @ National Design Centre

  • Date: 21 Aug to 29 Aug
  • Time: 7.30 PM to 11.00 PM (Sun – Thu), 7.30 PM to 2.00 AM (Fri & Sat)
  • Venue: National Design Centre, Atrium Level 1

Take flight on this giant light carpet inside the National Design Centre, featuring multi-coloured graphic scenes and geometric patterns that react to visitor movement and interaction. A collaboration between artist Miguel Chevalier and local designers Carolyn Kan and Depression, this new creative work utilises optical illusion to create the sensation of a shifting kaleidoscopic floor.

9. Seeing Through The Corridoor @ Waterloo Centre

  • Date: 21 Aug to 29 Aug
  • Time: 7.30 PM to 11.00 PM (Sun – Thu), 7.30 PM to 2.00 AM (Fri & Sat)
  • Venue: Waterloo Centre, ARTSPLACE @ Waterloo Centre (along Queen Street)

Inspired by her own memories and recollections of common spaces, choreographer Dapheny Chen brings together a myriad of stories that portray familiar encounters along common HDB flat corridors. Told through the medium of contemporary dance in collaboration with set designer Gene Tan, these stories reflect relationships, community spirit, filial piety and personal growth.

10. Alchemy @ Singapore Art Museum

  • Date: 21 Aug & 22 Aug
  • Time: 8:00 PM, 9:30 PM, 11:00 PM
  • Venue: Singapore Art Museum, Front Lawn

Catch the exhilarating journey of reconciliation between Apollo from the world of Ethereal Light and Nuri from the world of Eternal Flame, told through three 25-minute segments during the night. Starlight Alchemy’s spectacular showcase of its multi-disciplinary flow arts combines a variety of aerial and large custom-made fire props, as well as LED technology performance props.

All Photos: Singapore Night Festival Facebook & Website
Singapore Night Festival is presented by the National Museum of Singapore (NMS) and National Heritage Board (NHB), supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), in celebration of SG50.


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