It’s been a hot minute but the highly anticipated Singapore Night Festival is back after a two year hiatus. Happening from 19 August to 27 August, the festival this year is bigger and better than ever before. Think — 55 experiences from light installations to live performances, as well as mixed-media productions that will run at various locations across the Bras Basah and Bugis (BBB) precinct.
For the unacquainted, the festival actually started back in 2018, and this year marks the 13th year that the festival is running. The theme for this year is focused on ‘Rebirth’ and it zooms in on the BBB precinct’s heritage and stories through an iridescent line-up of experiences, with a greater focus on programmes and artworks by local artists.
While it’s a visual treat for festival goers, guests can also look forward to an extensive lineup of food and retail experiences as well.
To read more about the highlights of the festival, keep on scrolling.
Cathay Hotel: The Curse of the Missing Red Shoe
Local art collective Vertical Submarine brings to the stage an enthralling mystery here at the Cathay Hotel: The Curse of the Missing Red Shoe. Otherwise labelled as an “anti-fairytale”, the performance will re-envision several spaces in Singapore that will see iconic characters from old Cathay films such as Pontianak, Orang Minyak and Mambo Girl. However, guests who are interested to watch the performance at Cathay Green will have to purchase a separate ticket that will cost $33 per pax.
Project Mapping Installations
If there’s one thing the Singapore Night Festival is known for, it would be its popular projection mapping installations. Located at various locations across the neighbourhood, this year’s installations return with six works illuminating iconic buildings in the city. Some of the places you can check out to see these installations include the National Museum of Singapore, National Archives of Singapore, CHIJMES Hall and Stamford Clock Tower.
Boasting an extensive lineup of performances, we highly recommend that you visit Waterloo Centre to check out P7:1SMA’s roving act Discoloo Centre for a lively disco performance.
This year, Night Light makes its return with 15 light installations dotted around the BBB precinct. Here, the installations spotlight the precinct’s rich history and heritage with artworks like Paddy Fields by FARM, inspired by rice cultivators along Sungei Brass Brassa; An Ocean Without The Anchor by Speak Cryptic, which pays homage to the Bugis people and their history as seafarers; and Fecundus, which is an interactive installation with larger-than-life inflatable structures for visitors to build a rice plant with or construct their own creations.
The Singapore Night Festival 2022 will run from 19 to 27 August 2022. While entry to the festival is free, some programmes are ticketed. Visit the website here for more information.