The Singapore Night Festival (SNF) returns for its 10th edition from 18 to 26 August 2017, enlivening the Bras Basah-Bugis precinct with an array of light installations, and enthralling local & international performances. Since its inauguration in 2008, SNF has grown to become a keystone in the region’s calendar of outdoor arts and culture festivals, becoming more than just Singapore’s largest outdoor performing arts festival, but also a world-class platform for local and international artists to come together, create and collaborate, and to enthral festival-goers from around the world.
With less than two weeks to go for this year’s SNF, we break list down the top 10 things to look forward to in the heart of Singapore:
Using circus techniques, pyrotechnics and video projection to create the visualisation of liberty and the joy of flying, GLOBE is an alienating, fairylike spectacle full of symbolism. Explore the real world from a child’s perspective as the central character creates a world that transcends religion, esotericism and cultural traditions.
Two roaming silhouettes topped with huge vintage-style bulbs instead of heads, struggling valiantly against their planned extinction, communicating through flickering light. As the last of the near-extinct filament bulbs, The Bulb Heads wander through the dark, providing illumination in more than one way.
Step directly into the heart of Tchaikovsky’s 1876 ballet, Swan Lake, with Flock (2017). An immersive space, it combines light, sound and projection with live motion tracking technology. Visitors are placed within the corps de ballet, where they can explore the narrative from a unique perspective.
As an addition to her original three part series work The Blinking Organism X You Spleen Me Round, Choon Lin continues her exploration of the materiality of the human body and the mystery of emotions.
To mark the Singapore Night Festival’s 10th anniversary, Aesop offers a scent experience for the occasion. Visitors use their nose to navigate the space, imprinting the aroma to memory. The title takes inspiration from the Greek word nostos, meaning homecoming. When paired with algos, meaning ache, the words form ‘nostalgia’ – a feeling for which scent is an evocative trigger.
The Standing Men call out to those strolling by to initiate a dialogue with them. Colours change and the statues come to life in an unpredictable way, transforming the installation into a ballet of light. It will feature voices of inhabitants in Bras Basah-Bugis that were recorded in August 2017.
#7 Bicycle Trail
This year, Hello, Bicycle! offers festival-goers a whole new way to whizz your way through the arts and heritage district, exploring Night Lights installations across the Bras Basah-Bugis area on wheels! So, enjoy Night Lights, on your own bikes or rent one for free!
Get your feet tapping with HomeMade: Lindy Rocks! which blends the fantastic music styles of Raw Earth with the electric energy of Lindy Hop. So hop, tap and jive the night away!
#9 Play To Screen At Deck
DECK presents Play to Screen, a visual and music performance celebrating the beauty of image making. For two nights under the stars, witness Magnum Photos, Aik Beng Chia and Mindy Tan on an outdoor projection, and accompanied by young musicians Lim Han Quan and Kevin Tan Han Ming from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. A special screening of Wagner, Genius in Exile, where he traces the trail of his great-great- grandfather, the renowned composer Richard Wagner’s exile to Switzerland.
#10 Festival Village
The Festival Village is back with a stellar line-up of musical performances, pro-wrestling shows by Grapple Max Dojo down at the Pit and roving acts! Be ready for an amazing mix of eclectic styles of music, from both within our shores and beyond. Indulge in specially curated epicurean and shopping experiences with over 30 flea market and food and beverage stalls at Festival Village this year.
*Night Lights installations open from 18-26 August 2017 from 7.30pm to midnight.