[VISIT] Singapore Night Festival 2015: Be Spellbound By Local and International Acts

Ready your caffeine and Red Bulls because the Singapore Night Festival is back!

DATE:
Friday 21 & Saturday 22 August 2015

Friday 28 & Saturday 29 August 2015

PLACE & TIME:
7pm to 2am Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct

If you’re not a crowds kind of person, it would be best to avoid Bras Basah this Friday and Saturday, and the next Friday and Saturday as well. But if you don’t want to miss out on all the action, head out. Coinciding with Singapore’s Jubilee month, Singapore Night Festival is back to delight all with their ‘iconic alternative night-time extravaganza of spectacular performances and light art installations’ in the heart of the city.

This year’s festival promises an festival experience like no other with crowd-pulling acts like Alchemy and Garden of Angels. Visit specially commissioned light projection and installations (The Annoki Celebrate Singapore, The Garden of Fire and Light and Hanami) or catch our very own drag queen Kumar and Becca D’Bus in action. Running out of steam? Catch a breather and a performance or two at the Singapore Night Festival Village.

I think running a festival of this scale in the city center is an incredible feat in itself, and a very big win for Singapore’s art scene. ‘Singapore has a vibrant arts community‘ says the Government, these words can be difficult to grasp by the locals but Singapore Night Festival presents all with an opportunity to get acquainted with the arts through critically acclaimed local and international acts.

If you attended last year’s festival, I found it rather endearing to watch William Close’s ‘Earth Harp’ performance together with everyone else. Despite perspiring due to the heat and being in close proximity with thousands of audiences, it’s not everyday that you get to enjoy free international performances with your fellow locals and foreigners altogether.

Sleep can wait for these four nights. I will see you at the Singapore Night Festival! RW

My Top Picks for the Festival

Photos and information from Singapore Night Festival. For more information, visit Singapore Night Festival official webpage.

GARDEN OF ANGELS | THEATER TOL (BELGIUM)

Armenian Street (Free)
Friday 28 & Saturday 29 August 2015
8pm (Parade duration: 30 min)

National Museum of Singapore, Front Lawn (Free)
28 & Saturday 29 August 2015
9pm, 11pm (Performance duration: 25 min)

Inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall, Theater Tol’s latest performance merges the realms of nature, people and fantasy into one. A vibrant parade starting from Armenian Street brings to life a surreal world of dancers, musicians, dancing flowers and animals that take to the streets and enliven with revelry. The parade culminates at the National Museum of Singapore, with a spectacular aerial carousel of angels descending from the heavens and showering gifts over everyone.

ALCHEMY | STARLIGHT ALCHEMY (SINGAPORE)

Singapore Art Museum, Front Lawn (Free)
Friday 21 & Saturday 22 August 2015
8pm, 9:30pm, 11pm (Duration: 25 min)

Don’t miss the heart thumping journey of reconciliation between Apollo, from the world of Ethereal Light and Nuri, from the world of Eternal Flame, told through three 25 minute segments during the night. Be mesmerized by Starlight Alchemy’s spectacular showcase of its multi-disciplinary flow arts, combining a variety of aerial and large custom-made fire props, and LED technology performance props.

KUMAR’S CABARET – QUEEN OF GLAMOUR | BY KUMAR (SINGAPORE)

House of Glamour, Opposite Cathay ($15)
Friday 21, Saturday 22, Friday 28 & Saturday 29 August 2015
10pm – 10.45pm

Kumar is probably Singapore’s most famous stand-up comedian and drag queen. Having spent nearly two decades as an entertainer, he has amassed a string of television, stage, and film credits. For the House of Glamour at the Singapore Night Festival, Kumar will bring glitz and glamour to the stage with his dazzling outfits and back-up dancers. Get ready for Kumar’s brand of zappy humour that will leave you in stitches.

BETWEEN YOU & ME (A JOURNEY IN THREE PARTS)

The Substation, Random Room
Friday 21 and Saturday 22 August 2015
7.30 – 11.00pm

This interactive performance is a look at our journey through life using the story of Charon, the ferryman of Hades. It is a series of one-to-one encounters, including one with real-life taxi driver Tony the Cowboy. During this time, participants will visit Waiting Room (The Substation, Random Room), The Taxi (a taxi), and the Spacious Room (The Substation, Classroom 1).

RIOT! | BECCA D’BUS (SINGAPORE)

House of Glamour, Opposite Cathay ($15)
Friday 28 & 29 August 2015
1am

When you let drag queens create exactly the show they want to create, what do you get? World peace? Aim lower. A lot lower. A drag revue boiling over with passion, and inciting the basest instincts, RIOT! sits at the junction of opulence and poor taste, high jinx and low morals, deep belly laughs and the shallowest of vanity. It’s a very good time, with very bad girls.

FAT KIDS ARE HARDER TO KIDNAP | HOW DRAMA (SINGAPORE)

House of Glamour, Opposite Cathay ($15)
Friday 28 & Saturday 29 August 2015
11.30pm

Just back from our exciting performance in the United States, Fat Kids Are Harder To Kidnap is returning to the Night Festival and all set to entertain audiences with some news plays and some of our familiar favourites. We will try to fit 20 plays in 30 minutes, but as usual, you decide the order!

SINGAPORE NIGHT FESTIVAL VILLAGE

SMU Green
Friday 21, Saturday 22, Friday 28 & Saturday 29 August 2015
7pm – 2am

The Singapore Night Festival Village returns bigger and better than before! Located at the Singapore Management University Green, this year the Festival Village shines the limelight on our own local busking heroes. Catch musical buskers such as The Lost Hat, The Glad Stones, HubbaBubbas, The Lorong Boys and popular Malay singer-songwriter Awi Rafael, as they strut their stuff on the Festival Village stage. Indulge in specially curated epicurean and shopping experiences, and also catch film screenings and sensational dance and performances, right here at the Festival Village!

NIGHT LIGHTS

Various locations
Friday 21, Saturday 22, Friday 28 & Saturday 29 August 2015 7:30pm – 2am
Sunday 23 – Thursday 27 August 2015 | 7.30pm – 11pm

Embark on a nocturnal adventure of discovery with light installations that will challenge your perception of reality with Night Lights, an eagerly anticipated annual fixture of the Singapore Night Festival.

THE ANOOKI CELEBRATE SINGAPORE | DAVID PASSEGAND & MOETU BATLLE (FRANCE)

National Museum of Singapore, Façade

The world’s smallest Inuits, the Anooki are here to spread joy and a contagiously upbeat mood in the Lion City. Watch them come alive and run riot as they explore and Page 8 of 12 climb all over the façade of the National Museum and get ready to dance and sing along to their irresistible tune.

THE GARDEN OF FIRE AND LIGHT | STARLIGHT ALCHEMY (SINGAPORE)

Singapore Art Museum, Front Lawn

During Starlight Alchemy’s fiery performance, three fire and light art installations will take shape and will remain for viewing throughout the Night Festival. Titled the Net, the Helix and the Garden, these are Starlight Alchemy first-ever installations and signal the group’s departure from the ephemeral medium of performance to that of visual art. Don’t miss these installations when they come alive each night with fire and light.

HANAMI | CIE MASTOC PRODUCTION (FRANCE)

Armenian Church

This light installation is inspired by Hanami, the Japanese tradition of celebrating the transient beauty of cherry blossoms each spring. Stroll down a path dotted with miniature cherry trees adorned with shimmering chandeliers that create a sparkling constellation of lights.

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Various locations along Dhoby Ghaut through to City Hall

Opens 21 to 29 August 2015

Two weekends in late August, the Singapore Night Festival will take place at various locations throughout cultural venues such as the National Museum of Singapore, the Peranakan Museum and the Singapore Art Museum. The event is a nocturnal extravaganza with a spectacular interactive light performances and installations. There will also be dance, music and installation artworks by local talents.

Ticket Pricing: Free / Varies 

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