#SGNightFest | The Light Installations
18-26 Aug 2017 | 7.30pm to 12:00am
One of the highlights on our family calendar is to experience the annual Singapore Night Festival. Its wide array of fascinating light installations that evoke a sense of surrealism, magic and mystique. A trip to the Singapore Night Festival never fails to create unique moments for the family.
Due to large turnout over the years, the organisers have decided to launch the night light installations this weekend from the 18th to 20th August 2017. The rest of the festival activities – i.e. The Festival Village and the LIVE Performances, will only be launched the following weekend on 24th to the 26th of August 2017.
So starting tomorrow evening, head down to soak in the ambience ahead of the crowd to enjoy the Singapore Night Festival!
In this post, we list for you:
1) Kid’s Choice – Light installations that are kid friendly (read: also great for family we-fies!)
2) Installations by Area
Kid’s Choice – Top 5 Night Lights:
Here’s a list of Top 5 Must see from our 9-year old daughter, Dana:
Watch Dana introduce some of the Festival’s highlights for you in this video:
1) Flock by KMA ( National Design Center)
I admit. I love this too! You get to create patterns on the floor as the light sensor detects you. These patterns are then projected to the large screen and you get to see the inter-connectedness of these patterns. Look out for the pattern that blazes a trail too. Cool. Go early. Expect crowds for this!
2) Phosphene by Praxis (National Design Center)
This too is very cool! Situated right next to Flock, this is a cavern of twinkling lights and unexpected turns. Highly instagrammable art work. Expect crowds here too!
3) Tessellations of Time (Lawn, National Museum of Singapore)
Go among the lighted pods and see how they pulsate, flicker and have their lights dance around when visitors are near. All thanks to 3M’s Fasara Glass finishes and Radiant light film. Try to catch these pods giving out a kaleidoscope of colours as they are lit up together! Great place for we-fies!
4) Nostos: Records of the Self (National Museum of Singapore)
This is a must-visit. For the first time, the festival infuses light and scent into an installation. Thanks to the high quality essential oils from renowned brand Aesop, visitors can experience a special scent specially blended for the festival. Expect crowds for this.
5) The Standing Men – Les Hommes Debout (Singapore Art Museum)
Imagine, 16 human-sized figurines speaking to you, calling out to you and then they all sing! Kids should love this for obvious reasons. Note – you need to speak INTO their ears. So, step on the stool provided and speak…then watch what happens! Fun!
For The Whole Family:
Here are the rest of the light installations which you should visit.
1) Convolutions (Facade, National Museum of Singapore)
This is a perennial favourite. Be at the front of the National Museum to see this light and sound projection which brings the grand dame to life! Hint: The dome gets lit up too. If you want to see the entire projection WITH the dome, stand by the side rather than facing the front squarely. The projection is about 10 mins long and repeats itself in a cycle.
2) The Flower of Life and the Infinite Self (Stamford Green, National Museum of Singapore)
Take a short walk to the back of the National Museum where the escalators are. Take the escalators up and this installation will be right there in front of you. Folks who love math, shapes and designs would love this dome – two symbiotic pieces comprising of a geodesic dome with tessellated fabric roof cut into exact shapes casing dynamic reflections from within. This dome is great for we-fies…Apparently, it also casts some cool shadows during the day too!
3) The Tree that Blinked (Banyan Tree, National Museum of Singapore)
This is quite mystical. In some parts of Asia, we believe there are spirits which reside in trees. Here, the British artist marries the persona of the tree with the portraits of people who had inspired him. Look closely at the details as the projections are set against the tree…then watch as it blinks and morph into another face. This installation is best captured via video. Ingenious.
4) Dream City Window (Outside SMU School of Information Systems)
Walk past this installation as it projects scenes of Singapore’s past, present and future and see how your silhouette reacts with the installation. This is best captured via video.
5) Light up The Beat (Waterloo Center – Opposite National Design Center)
This looks like a gigantic Bluetooth speaker complete with flickering neon lights and upbeat techno music. Let the kids groovy and jive to the beat! Best captured via video too!
6) Yantronomy (CHIJMES)
This installation is great for we-fies. Check out the kaleidoscopic pictures that come out as you stand in front of the Yantra mirror. Pretty cool! The installation is supposed to let you consider the alternate realities within the construct of our daily lives.
7) Luna at Kapok (Outside National Design Center)
Seeing the moon through the window always evokes a sense of curiosity and awe in us. Imagine the moon is now just within our reach…and become part of our home and our daily environment. Great instagrammable opportunities here…with the moon of course.
Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct
ZONE 1: National Museum of Singapore & SMU School of Accountancy
ZONE 2: Armenian Street, The Peranakan Museum, The Armenian Church & Singapore Philatelic Museum
ZONE 3: Cathay Green & School of the Arts
ZONE 4: SMU
ZONE 5: Singapore Art Museum, Waterloo Street, National Design Centre, CHIJMES & Bras Basah Complex
Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah or City Hall MRT Stations
Highlights of the Singapore Night Festival 2017: