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Singapore Night Festival 2019 | Night Lights

Singapore Night Festival 2019.Singapore Night Festival 2019 Night Lights

Checking out the Night Lights of Singapore Night Festival 2019.


It’s approaching the end of August. With that, it time to visit this year’s Singapore Night Festival!

This is my third time going. As I mentioned two years ago, I’ve been skipping for years and only went in 2017 for the sake of some posts. (Hmm).

I enjoyed what I saw back then, though, and ever since, this has been an annual “pilgrimage” for me. Coming back to this year’s festival, like everything else in 2019, the displays are promoted as having a Singaporean identity, it being Bicentennial year and all that. This is noticeable, I would say, although it’s not exactly an in-your-face sort of situation. (To my relief) The grounds are also easier to cover. I finished major spots significantly earlier than previous years.

Starting Off at Zone 4: Waterloo Street and Queen Street

Before I begin, allow me to highlight Singapore Night Festival 2019 is less overwhelming compared to the previous two years. With the Singapore Art Museum, the Peranakan Museum, and even the Philatelic Museum closed for renovations, there are lesser exhibitions and shows to attend. This might disappoint some visitors but if you’re just there for the Night Lights, there are less distractions, so to speak.

Having also learned my lesson from the previous two years, I started my walk this round at the National Design Centre. In both 2017 and 2018, I had to skip the major display located here because of queues.

Work-in-progress by Asylum | Singapore Night Festival 2019
Work-in-progress by Asylum. IMO, this has to been seen in person for maximum impact. Photos just can’t capture the dramatic Tetris-inspired moving beams.
In Circles by Aubergine Architects | Singapore Night Festival 2019
In Circles by Aubergine Architects, which I queued 10 minutes for. Simple presentation, but perfect if you’re looking for space odyssey-like selfies.
Sk(r)etch by Ca Kway Teow x 3M | Singapore Night Festival 2019
Sk(r)etch by Ca Kway Teow x 3M. This installation near Bras Basah isn’t one of the Night Lights. I thought the use of 3M reflective materials to create different photos with and without flash was smart.

Zone 3: SMU Campus Green

Several Night Lights here, together with other festive events. All were clustered together at the Campus Green, though, making them very convenient to enjoy.

Singapore Night Festival 2019 SMU Campus Green Night Lights & Programmes.
Detour Pavilion by Weixin Quek Chong, Luca Lum, Kin Chui and Johann Yamin, Glow Away by HeritageCares x Sansys Collective, and In:Sight by Tran Tuan Cong, Alison Poon and Sansys Collective.

Ran into issue with queues here, btw. I had to skip Project:Dome, a major Singapore Night Festival 2019 attraction because the line was really, REALLY long. Let’s see whether I can return here on a weekday to check out what’s “Under the Dome.”

Singapore Night Festival 2019 Zone 1: National Museum of Singapore

The star attraction of the evening, for me. I was really looking forward to the façade projection show here and it certainly didn’t disappoint! Be it the quirkiness, the choice of soundtrack, or the gorgeous visuals, this year’s NMS façade project was an absolute joy.

National Museum of Singapore | Singapore Night Festival 2019
Keep Dreaming by Spectaculaires. The “Face” of Singapore Night Festival 2019, literally.
Keep Dreaming by Spectaculaires.
The many transformations of Keep Dreaming. (The WoW mage in me woke up when the face said, Hall of Origin.)
Keep Dreaming | Singapore Night Festival 2019 NMS Facade Show

Other Night Lights and Attractions at NMS

Intergalactic Dream by Jahan Loh.
Intergalactic Dream by Jahan Loh. This reminded me of a doomsday device from a movie/Anime. But for the life of me, I can’t recall which one.
The Legend of Ramayana by Spectaculaires | Singapore Night Festival 2019
The Legend of Ramayana by Spectaculaires at the Old Banyan Tree. An atmospheric retelling of the battle chapter of the Hindu epic.

Zone 2: Armenian Street Park and CHIJMES

S.C.U.L.P.T. by Yann Nguema; assisted by Arnaud Doucet.
S.C.U.L.P.T. by Yann Nguema; assisted by Arnaud Doucet. It’s an interactive installation allowing visitors to manipulate the appearance via laser beams.
Singapore Night Festival 2019 Armenian Street Park Festival Village.
Armenian Street Park Festival Village. With the completion of roadworks here, and the closure of the Peranakan Museum, the feel here this year is completely different.
Trip of your "lyf" by Lyf@SMU Labs | Singapore Night Festival 2019
Various attractions at Trip of your “lyr” by [email protected] Labs. I had a VERY unexpected encounter here, btw, which I’d write about if I have the time next week.
Tropicana by The Electric Canvas | Singapore Night Festival 2019
Stamford Court clock tower beautifully adorned with Tropicana by The Electric Canvas.
Singapore Night Festival 2019 Night Lights.
Clockwise from top left: Disco Walkway by AUX Media Group, Symbiote by LiteWerkz, and Waves of Time by Chips and Toon.
Pulse at Capitol Piazza.
Last but not least, Pulse by Galina Mihaleva, Hedren Sum, Vibeke Sorensen, Brandon Leo & Nagaraju Thummanapalli at Capitol Piazza. I have to say this installation looks quite different in a photo than when viewed in person. For the latter, the experience is more “serene.”


Singapore Night Festival 2019 is ongoing till Aug 31, 2019.
Festive map here!


Read my other Festive Celebrations in Singapore posts.

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Singapore Night Festival 2019 | Night Lights
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Singapore Night Festival 2019 | Night Lights
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Enjoying the night lights of Singapore Night Festival 2019. Like everything else this year, the displays adopt a strong Singaporean cultural identity.
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The geek divides his free time between video games, movies, anime, and attempting to write decent short stories. Oh, and trying not to sprain his fingers from playing demisemiquavers on his Electone.

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