The iconic Singapore Night Festival is back for an astounding ninth edition! Be prepared to get blown away by as science fiction and fantasy come to life in the form of light art and performances at Bras Basah, Bugis. Visitors can look forward to an exciting line up of immersive activities and performances from local and international acts. Here are the top ten breath-taking displays and attractions you can see at this year’s night festival.
1. The Ink Mapping | Oskar & Gaspar
National Museum of Singapore, Gallery 10
26 and 27 Aug 2016 | 8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm, 10:30pm and 11pm.
Tattoos are a form of art. It helps us express ourselves. Each tattoo is different and has a different meaning behind it. How would you like to see the tattoos come to life? Oskar & Gaspar is a collective of visual artists from Portugal, who can make your tattoos move. Literally! Using video mapping technique, they map a tattoo on a person and bring it to life with a customized animation. Seeing a tattoo light up and even move is such a beautiful thing that you never thought was possible.
2. Peranakan Museum
19, 20, 26, 27 Aug 2016 | 6pm-2am
I’m sure most of you have watched the drama series, The Little Nyonya. Did it make you curious about the peranakan culture? Well, here’s your chance to take a step closer to understanding the culture by exploring the Peranakan Museum after hours. You can also visit a special exhibition called Nyonya Needlework: Beadwork and Embroidery in the Peranakan World. The museum will also bit lit up, making it impossible to miss!
3. Showerthoughts | LiteWerkz (Singapore)
Design Gallery 1, National Design Centre
19, 20, 26, 27 Aug 2016 7:30pm-2am | 21-25 Aug 2016 7:30pm-11pm
You will be greeted with nothing but boundless darkness scattered with infinite illuminated bubbles once you enter the room. Have you ever just stood in the shower with the water running while you just zoned out and think about life? Titled #showerthoughts, this exhibition aims to recreate the eureka moment we experience when showering. The sensational experience allows visitors to relax and feel as though they are in a shower and think about the infinite inner thoughts and ideas.
4. KEYFRAMES | Groupe LAPS (France)
Where: National Museum of Singapore Façade
When: 19, 20, 26, 27 Aug 2016 7:30pm- 2am | 21-25 Aug 2016 7:30pm-2am
The façade of National Museum of Singapore will be lit up with LED figures in which it tells us stories where urban bodies and their movement play main roles. Part animation and part moving sculpture, the LED figures and their routine imbue statistic buildings with energy and excitement.
5. Invasion | Close – Act (Netherlands)
Where: National Museum of Singapore Front Lawn
When: 9:45pm-10:15pm, 11:30pm-12am
Invasion is an interactive and unforgettable moving street spectacle that will require the audience’s involvement. Set in a mythical world where large magical creatures are flocking around the public and a prehistoric bird flying overhead. Some will run, some will follow. Which one are you?
6. The Wheel House
19 and 20 Aug 2016 | : 8pm-8:25pm, 9:25pm-9:50pm and 10:50pm-11:15pm
The Wheel House is a jaw-dropping, rolling acrobatic theatre performance about friendship and survival in a dystopian future, with its focal point on a stunning circular home that’ll move alongside with the audience. It is set in a gently comic dystopian future at a time where survival depends on sharp eyes, quick hands and above all, friendship.
7. Les AquamenS | Machtiern Company (France)
Various locations (Roving performance)
19 and 20 Aug 2016
8pm National Museum of Singapore, School of the Arts (SOTA) and Singapore Art Museum (SAM)
9:30PM: Festival Village at Singapore Management University (SMU)
11pm: Armenian Street, National Museum of Singapore
This roving performance features an absurd, poetic and disturbing image of two men whose heads are stuck inside a jar of swimming goldfish. They will be wandering around town, attempting to communicate with passerbys who thus become participants in this comical yet disconcerting act. However, the bowl around their heads makes communication impossible. This performance aims to question the fundamental importance of communication- how do we connect with each other when our barriers are up?
8. SUAVECICLO | VJ SUAVE (Brazil)
Various (Roving performance)
26 and 27 Aug 2016 | 7:30pm-2am
7:30pm-8:15pm: National Museum of Singapore to PoMo
9pm-9:45pm: PoMo to National Design Centre
10:45pm-11:30pm: National Design Centre to Armenian Street
Get ready to be mesmerized by this moving performance of a tricycle projecting animated stories on open spaces, trees and buildings in the beautiful arts district. There is also a playful interactivity with the public as the artists manipulate the video in real time.
9. A Kaleidoscope of Spring | Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)
Ixora Room, Peranakan Museum
19, 20, 26 and 27 Aug 2016 | 7:30pm-2am
The distinctive identity and cultural heritage of the Peranakan Baba-Nyonya is undeniable. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Peranakan culture through this beautiful and interactive hand drawn patterns and enjoy the vibrant colours created by light projections.
10. Samara | Max Pagel & Jonathan Hwang
19, 20, 26 and 27 Aug 2016 7:30pm-2am | 21-25 Aug 2016 7:30pm-11pm
Have you ever thought of how much you have sacrificed in order to progress? How do we draw a line on how much to give up? Sometimes we make choices that make us regret, sometimes we are glad we let go of something good for something better. Inspired by the loss of the artist’s favorite tree, Samara is an interactive illuminated tree sculpture created to give closure to lost space. It allows us to reflect on the authenticity of using modern technology to recreate what we lose in our fast changing environment. Also, it gives us the chance to acknowledge and let go of what we have lost.
Now that you’ve had a glimpse of the top ten most amazing displays and attractions, its time for you to head on down to the Singapore Night Festival and get turned on by the lights (pun intended)!