This Weekend: Visit The Night Festival

The annual event’s SG50 edition will be bigger and brighter than ever

Night owls, rejoice! This weekend and next, you won’t have to entertain yourselves after dark with yet another movie screening or car-washing trip to JB. The annual Singapore Night Festival is back – and this year’s eighth and SG50 edition promises more entertainment options than ever.

Here are eight highlights for you to flit around at.

1. The Anooki Celebrate Singapore

If there’s one #sgnightfest post you’ll put up this year, make it of this light installation by French graphic artists David Passegand and Moetu Batlle. In it, the “world’s smallest Inuits”, the Anooki, sing, dance and gleefully run riot across the façade of the National Museum. Think misbehaviour in its most adorable form – how irresistible!

2. The Garden Of Fire & Light

Brighten your night, literally, with Starlight Alchemy’s first visual art installation (they usually do performances). The local arts collective is heating up the front lawn of the Singapore Museum with a whirling, twirling display of fire and light.

3. The House Of Glamour

If traipsing around al fresco installations is too plebian for you, book a ticket to enter this glitzy air-conditioned tent. Inside, you’ll be entertained by an eclectic mix of comedy, cabaret and local music performances – drink in hand, of course.

4. Hanami

Missed sakura season in Japan? Go one-up and check out this light installation instead by French company Cie Mastoc Production. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of celebrating the beauty of cherry blossoms, it’s made up of miniature cherry trees adorned with shimmering chandeliers that create a sparkling constellation of lights.

5. Pixels Wave 2015

Ignore the less-than-hip name: This collaboration between French digital artist Miguel Chevalier (considered one of the world’s pioneers of virtual art) and local designers Carolyn Kan and Depression promises to be super cool. Think a giant kaleidoscope that you can explore – it’s all about optical illusions painted in a whirlwind of colours and shapes.

6. Behind The Night

This isn’t a single event but a series of workshops and talks happening throughout the Night Fest. From riding on a giant light carpet to learning about video mapping and how to take photos against the night sky with your smartphone, there’s something to interest everyone, whether you’re a geek or a glamour puss. 

7. Garden Of Angels

There are cherubs above…are you in heaven? Nope – just in the Garden of Angels, a surreal parade by Belgian musical and theatrical company Theater Tol that will close the Night Fest on 28 and 29 August. Watch out for this band of dancers, musicians and flowers that will take to the streets, accompanied by a spectacular aerial carousel of angels that will shower gifts over everyone. 

8. What’s Supp

Local makan collective Kueh Kakis is at it again. Following its hugely successful Lepak flea market at the National Museum in January comes this invitation to “jiak supper” on the rooftop of the National Design Centre. On the menu: Fun spins on familiar dishes, like chicken rice reworked as a roulade and nasi goreng made with quinoa instead of rice. Even Milo peng gets cray with a splash of homemade chai vodka and bitter choc-infused vodka. Slurp.

The Singapore Night Festival 2015 is on 21-22 August and 28-29 August, 7pm to 2am, in the Bras Basah/Bugis area.

Photos: Singapore Night Festival, Kueh Kakis

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