10 Reasons To Check Out The Singapore Night Festival 2016

You don’t have to be a night owl to have fun at the Singapore Night Festival. Here are some entertainment highlights to look out for.

Singapore Night Festival(Source: Singapore Night Festival)

1. The National Museum gets pimped with lights.

When: 19 to 27 August, 7.30pm to 11pm (Sun – Thu), 7.30pm to 2am (Fri & Sat) | Where: National Museum of Singapore, Façade| Admission: Free

Watch our iconic National Museum come alive at night, as its façade gets an amazing transformation with LED lights and animation. The stunning visual display by French-based artist collective KEYFRAMES by Groupe LAPS will see LED-lit performers crawl across the building, in an amazing show of vertical choreography.

Keyframes By Groupe Labs(Source: Singapore Night Festival)

2. It’s a parade of mythical creatures!

When: 26 & 27 August, 8pm to 8.30pm | Where: Armenian Street | Admission: Free

Ever seen a street parade in Singapore with drummers on stilts, fire performances and mythical creatures? Yup, didn’t think so. This year, Dutch street theatre company Close-Act will bring the historic Armenian Street to life with an amazing display of song, dance and circus acts.

Lets Celebrate By Close Act(Source: Singapore Night Festival)

3. Tattoos coming to life with ink mapping.

When: 26 & 27 August, Every half an hour between 8pm to 11pm | Where: National Museum of Singapore, Gallery 10 | Admission: Free

In this high-tech display that fuses art and science, renowned video mapping artists Oskar & Gaspar will transform tattoos to moving works of art, while using the human body as a canvas. The Portuguese duo has made quite a name for themselves, even scoring a gig with David Guetta, so this is one performance you won’t want to miss. Still not convinced? Check out this cool video of their work.

Oskar and Gaspar(Source: Singapore Night Festival)

4. Performances, parades and…possibilities?

When: 19, 20, 26 & 27 August, 6pm to 8pm, 8.30pm to 10.30pm, 11pm to 1am | Where: Cathay Green, Field opposite The Cathay | Admission: $16 (Adults), $13 (Concession)

As one of the main highlights of the Singapore Night Festival, House of Curiosities is a one-of-a-kind event that will feature a mix of performances, parades and hands-on displays. Based on the story of The Mechanical Heart, the event will explore man-made machines, steampunk and the human spirit through various performances and activities. Don’t forget to stay until the end for a steampunk-inspired fashion extravaganza.

House Of Curiosities(Source: Singapore Night Festival)

5. Cycling as you’ve never seen it.

When: 19 & 20 August, 7.30pm to 2am | Where: National Museum of Singapore, Concourse | Admission: Free

As its title may suggest, Funcycling II by Bikes4Fun is all about exploring new and creative ways to use your trusty bicycle. Unleash your creativity and gain new perspectives, as local bicycle enthusiasts work their magic on traditional two-wheelers. Besides interactive displays, there will also be a kids’ workshop about putting together their own inventions.

FunCycling II(Source: Singapore Night Festival)

6. It’s a giant bike sculpture!

When: 19 August to 27 August, 10am to 2am (19, 20, 26 & 27 August), 10am – 10pm (other dates) | Where: National Museum of Singapore, RotundaLevel 1 | Admission: Free

Local artist Ryf Zaini brings us back in time with a 5 metre-tall sculpture inspired by elements of the bicycle. Explore the evolution of the wheel in this interactive installation, which is inspired by the humble ol’ bike.

Into Pulsar by Ryf Zaini(Source: Singapore Night Festival)

7. What’s a festival without food and music?

When: 19, 20, 26 & 27 August, 6pm to 12am | Where: Singapore Management University Campus Green & University Square | Admission: Free

Get your fill of good food and great music at the Festival Village, where both local and international musicians will perform for the crowd. There will also be plenty of food and drinks at the festival, so you can look forward to goodies like Kimchi Chicken Burgers, Duck Fat Cheese Fries, Salted Egg Yolk Soft Shell Crab and more.

Festival Village(Source: Singapore Night Festival)

8. A light-saber duel? ’nuff said.

When: 19 & 20 August, 9.30pm to 10pm, 11.30pm to 12am | Where: Armenian Street | Admission: Free

Now here’s something for all the Star Wars fans out there. FightSaber Singapore, which is a Lucasfilm-recognised fan group, will be putting on an epic lightsaber duel right here on our very own streets. Don’t forget to also check out The Bloc Party in the area, which will feature music acts by The Substation. There will also be a Harley Davidson Singapore motorcycle convoy there, because why not?

FightSaber Singapore(Source: Singapore Night Festival)

9. Baba-Nyonya #throwback

When: 19 & 20 August, 8pm to 9pm, 26 & 27 August, 8.30pm to 9.30pm | Where: Armenian Street Main Stage | Admission: Free 

Take a break from mainstream pop music at The Peranakan Museum Variety Show, where performances will showcase classic Baba-Nyonya tunes (yes, it’s a thing). Relive grand Peranakan traditions, sing along to traditional pop tunes and dance the night away to the same songs your parents probably loved back in the day.

The Peranakan Museum Variety Show(Source: Singapore Night Festival)

10. Who knew Peranakan art could be so trippy?

When: 19, 20, 26 & 27 August, 7.30pm – 2am, Where: Ixora Room, Peranakan Museum | Admission: Free

If you’re into exploring culture and heritage, head down to the Peranakan Museum to view A Kaleidoscope of Spring by NAFA. The trippy art installation, which was inspired by traditional Peranakan motifs, is made up of light projections and reflective panels. While you’re at the Peranakan museum, also take time to explore the various displays of Nyonya beadwork, embroidery and traditional motifs.

A Kaleidoscope Of Spring(Source: Singapore Night Festival)

The Singapore Night Festival will take place at the Bras Basah and Bugis precinct, from 19 – 20 August and 26 – 27 August 2016. For more information, see here.

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  1. Be sure to check out food events like the Singapore Food Expo 2016 and Singapore Food Festival, for more mouth-watering meals to feast on.

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