Back for its 11th edition, The Singapore Night Festival (17, 18 and 23 to 25 August 2018) never fails to delight and enchant with its slew of luminous after-dark delights, ranging from performances, installations and activities and F&B galore, spread across the Bras Basah/Bugis arts and heritage precinct.
You can expect displays and acts that rate high on excitement and quirk, as the organisers presents a festival that will be driven by cross-disciplinary influences and people from all walks of life — artists, designers, engineers and even architects!
Here’s what we’re looking forward to most:
1. World of WearableArt
The most appealing light installation to us (out of 16 that are situated at various locations such as Raffles City, Chijmes, the Reflection Pool above Bras Basah MRT station and the grounds of various museums) is World of WearableArt — a showcase of eight light-emitting theatrical costume creations that have been entered in the world-renowned NZ-based design competition of the same name.
Expect these get-ups to be nothing less than spectacular — past entrants to the competition include Maria Tsopanaki and Dimitri Mavinis, who have designed for the likes of Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and Jessie J.
2. Fiers a Cheval
Presented by French outdoor theatre troupe Company Quidams!, oversized illuminated horses (each manned by a man who acts as the horse’s hind legs) strut and dance in a mesmerisingly dreamlike roving act that leads festival revellers around the precinct.
3. Su A Feu
Spanish percussion troupe Deabru Beltzak teams up with local percussion group Motus, for an adrenaline-pumping performance combining dance, drums, and fire.
4. The Duel
If you like the sparks that fly when Harry Potter and Voldemort engage in wand duels, you’ll be thrilled by UK act Lords of Lightning. The performers will harness nearly 4 million volts of electricity via Tesla coils to create a stylised duel that literally snaps, crackles and pops, as they shoot bolts of lightning at each other. Guaranteed to be electrifying.
5. Graffiti Alive
Local architectural consultancy Arup Singapore brings the back alley of Armenian Street to life through a series of motion sensors and special lights to illuminate graffiti art, creating an intriguing nighttime streetscape.
6. Ember Rain
This installation by local collective Starlight Academy requires the audience to lend them a hand (or rather, their feet). Pedal on the bike that’s part of the installation, in order to send sparks cascading down a 5-metre-tall “fire tower”. A great way to burn some calories post-dinner, surely.
Check out nightfestival.sg for more details.
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