Singapore Night Festival 2018 – Night Lights | Aug 17, 2018

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Singapore Night Festival 2018 is here!

Yes! It’s that time of “Singapore summer” again. The Singapore Night Festival 2018 is on!

I’ve been looking forward to this since June, naturally because I had a great time last year checking out the many avant-garde light art installations and performances.

With some degree of experience gained from 2017’s treks, I was confident I’d be able to cover more ground this year too. (I.E. more photos at more locations) By the way, if you check the official homepage, you’d know the theme for this year is “Bring On The Night.” The subsequent write-up is a tad florid, if you ask me, equating the evening with imagination, danger, dreams, etc. But having experienced last year’s show, I think the descriptions aren’t too farfetched either. For first-timers especially, the Singapore Night Festival hosts some of the most enchanting evenings of the Singaporean calendar year.

Zone 1: National Museum of Singapore Vicinity

The festival covers a larger area this year, with the entire arts and heritage district, and the Dhoby Ghaut area, included as zones. After perusing the online brochure, I decided I’d still begin at the National Museum of Singapore i.e. Zone 1, double i.e. where I started last year. This, after all, is still the rough heart of the Singapore Night Festival.

Singapore Night Festival 2018 Brochure.
My standard “because I got there before dark” opening pic. This is the free handout with a map on the back.

Waited, loitered inside the NSM till it was appropriately dark, and …

Aquatic Dream By Auditoire & Lekker Architects at Singapore Night Festival 2018.
Aquatic Dream By Auditoire & Lekker Architects.

Co-presented by PUB i.e. the government water people, Aquatic Dream offers a glimpse at the dreamy world beneath the sea. I’d say it does the job reasonably, with the effect best when waves of dry ice fog are released.

Zone 5: NAFA / National Design Centre Vicinity

Moving on, I crossed Stamford Road and made a beeline for Bras Basah Road. Unlike last year, the main projection show this time round isn’t at the National Museum of Singapore, it has shifted to the Singapore Art Museum. Titled Odyssey, this psychedelic journey is described as an “immersive journey through time and space, tricking visual and aural senses to bring you through multi-sensory environments.” Because of the crowds, and the massive projection pillars before the museum, I couldn’t capture everything despite having a super wide lens. I could only focus on the main façade.

Singapore Night Festival 2018 Light Projection Show.
Odyssey By Arnaud Pottier & Timothée Mironneau.


Odyssey By Arnaud Pottier & Timothée Mironneau
I love this part! Momentarily, you feel as if the entire world is spinning together with the projection show.


Odyssey By Arnaud Pottier & Timothée Mironneau | Singapore Night Festival 2018
In outer space, you will meet aliens resembling museum sculptures. How Star Trek!

Moving on, I headed down Waterloo Street to NAFA Campus 1 where the next Singapore Night Festival 2018 Nights Light is located. While Odyssey is majestic and strident, this one is serene and whimsical.

Splendour By NAFA.
Splendour by NAFA. Couldn’t get a good shot of this because there were many tourists about. Also, those are UV paint-coated acrylic strips. I guess they represent grass. (It has to be grass, right?)

Next on the itinerary, the National Design Centre. This was a major location last year, so I expected “hard core things” here. According to the map, two Night Lights are on display here.

World of WearableArt™ | Singapore Night Festival 2018
It’s a fashion parade! Titled World of WearableArt™! (Hey, that’s WoW in Short)


World of WearableArt™ | Singapore Night Festival 2018
Funny thing is, I was reminded of the 80s Manga/Anime, the Five Stars Story when viewing these displays. Incidentally, World of WearableArt™ is an international design competition that seeks to combine fashion and art.

Okay. Time for a downer. The other Night Light at the National Design Centre was The Search by The Search Party. Unfortunately, and similar to last year’s Phosphene at the exact same spot, the queue was way too formidable.

I reached slightly after 8pm and was told it would be a 40-minute wait. So as to have time for the rest of the zones, I decided to skip The Search. Argg. If I’m visiting the Night Festival again next year, I have to come up with a solution for this spot.

Queue for the Search at Singapore Night Festival 2018.
Queue for The Search. To be fair, this was the only Night Light in Singapore Night Festival 2018 with a long wait. The rest of the Night Lights were easy to enjoy.

Down to Zone 2: Armenian Street Vicinity

After leaving the National Design Centre, I spent 90 minutes checking out various programmes and exhibitions, including SAM’s Imaginarium 2018, which isn’t listed as one of the programmes for the Night Fest. Upon finally reaching Zone 2, I also had a much needed drinks-break before joining the crowds at the Graffiti Alive display. Because of the various promotional write-ups I read before heading down, I had the impression this was a star attraction of Singapore Night Festival 2018. Well, I wouldn’t say it disappointed. But what definitely interested me more were the people striking very instagrammy poses at the alley. (LOL)

Graffiti Alley by Arup | Singapore Night Festival 2018
You know, this actually looks better in the photo than when I was there. Man, those Instagram models know a good photo-op when they see one!

By the way, both ends of Graffiti Alley had this Steampunk-like camera for visitors to try. For the life of me, I couldn’t understand what on earth one was supposed to see. If you know, please enlighten me!

Peranakan Museum during Singapore Night Festival 2018
Good ol’ Peranakan Museum was lit up as well. It’s more or less the same as last year, though.

Singapore Night Festival 2018 Night Lights Zones 3 and 4

Hyperbands By KopI/O | Singapore Night Festival 2018
Hyperbands By KopI/O. This represents the energy of dynamic Singapore.


Before The Word By Pierre Ranzini & Cristina Di Pasquali
Before The Word By Pierre Ranzini & Cristina Di Pasquali. I enjoyed this installation, which was at CHIJMES. It has a motion sensor that detects your hand movements to produce a response in the pyramid.


The Leap of Faith by Teng Kai Wei | Singapore Night Festival 2018
An enthusiastic tourist trying The Leap of Faith by Teng Kai Wei.


Orbit By LiteWerkz x 3M | Singapore Night Festival 2018
Orbit By LiteWerkz x 3M. You’re supposed to flash the globes with your camera then spin them.


Ember Rain by Starlight Academy at Singapore Night Festival 2018
Ember Rain by Starlight Academy. You pedal to produce a shower of sparks, the act itself representing ideation and innovation.

In my next post, my favourite programme of Singapore Night Festival 2018!

The festival itself is ongoing till Aug 25, 2019. Note that most, if not all, performances, programmes, etc, will only happen on the weekends.

Singapore Night Festival 2019 Night Lights.

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Singapore Night Festival 2018 – Night Lights
Singapore Night Festival 2018 is on! Join me as I check out the many enchanting light installations in this year’s massive line-up.

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