Goodbye Anook and Nooki! Singapore Night Festival is an annual festival celebrating mainly arts, heritage and history organised by the National Museum. Featuring an explosive line-up of local and international artists taking place for two weekends (21 & 22 and 28 & 29 Aug 15) from 7pm to 2am at Brash Basah Bugis. This festival was held for the eighth time this year and it has always been a part of the National Day festivities in August. Always bring a camera along and spare batteries too as there are plenty opportunities avail for photo and video taking.
There are a total of 3 night lights trails to choose from that explores some of the areas located in the various five festival zones.
I Jio You
The Basic Unit of Society
I Went to Art School
A copy of the night festival map and guide can be found here.
I finally managed to visit the night festival. There were so many great performances at various locations, I had to be selective of the shows I photographed. I look forward to covering more performances next year!
Listed below are some of the areas that I managed to explore:
Drive a VW Beetle for a Week – All visitors had the chance to win the contest by submitting a photo of themselves with the Beetle and sharing it on their own social media platform with the handle tag @vw_sg and hashtag #iwantabeetle and #sgnightfest.
Urban [ ___ ] – Presenting a visual feast of sentiments and experiences of Singapore through one-of-a-kind urbanity by the Visual Communication and Media Design students of Singapore Polytechnic Design School.
Seeing Through the Corridor – Waterloo Centre, ARTSPLACE, a myriad of stories that portray familiar encounters along common HDB (type of apartment in Singapore) flat corridors reflecting relationships, community spirit, filial piety and personal growth.
Graffiti – Found along Queen Street.
SAM @ 8Q – One artist who has left deep impression to me is Ezzam Rahman who presented miniature flowers, created from his dead skin flakes, in bell jars. His unconventional art has recently been chosen as one of the artists for the 2015 edition of the President’s Young Talents, Singapore’s premier exhibition of commissioned artworks.
The Festival Village – Great music performances performed by Singapore’s own local talent located right at the SMU, Campus Green. HubbaBubbas, a power-packed trio played R&B, pop and jazz. It was great supporting the local talent!
Le Desir et la Menace – A collection of three bird wire sculptures were perched on the branches of the National Museum’s majestic banyan tree, creating a magical atmosphere when approached.
The Anooki – Little cartoon characters ran across the façade of the National Museum presented a special birthday tribute to Singapore. Each show lasted about 5 minutes with a countdown timer displayed during 7 minute intervals.
Soniquete by Flamenco Sin Fronteras, a NPO, which is dedicated to bring individuals from different nationalities together through dance, music and friendship. FSF also acts as a platform for individuals to express themselves freely and achieve artistic excellence.
Alchemy – Starlight Alchemy performers presenting first-ever spectacular aerial fire performances at the Front Lawn of Singapore Art Museum. 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.
Singapore Art Museum – exhibiting the Sembawang Phoenix, Sitting, Summit, Boomba and other displays.
Pixels Wave – huge light carpet inside the National Design Centre, featuring various coloured mesmerizing graphic scenes and geometric patterns that react to visitor movement and interaction.
Ok, so much photos covered for this event. I shall look forward to next year night festival exploring more exhibition areas.