Enjoying the myriad lights and programmes of Singapore Night Festival 2022.
The Singapore Night Festival is “on!”
I badly missed this annual event. As tiring and as sweaty as it always was to trudge across the heritage districts photographing one after another art installation and projection, the experience has always been uplifting. In some cases, exhilarating as well.
And it really just seems like yesterday when I was doing the trek in 2019. Did three years just fly by like that?
Well, we all know why the festival was put on hiatus for two years, so I wouldn’t go into that. Instead, I highlight this year’s theme of “Rebirth.”
While heading from Bugis to Fort Canning last evening, I indeed experience a sensation of revival. To be honest, this year’s opening night crowds aren’t as large as previous editions. At some locations, you can also sense visitors taking the effort to stand further apart. On the streets, of course, there are still many people wearing masks.
But rebirth is in the air, with the lights and music, and performances and street food. The reason for the hiatus has yet to completely go away, grrrr. But I think Singapore as a country is slowly but steadily coming to terms and grips.
Someday, ten, twenty years later, we may celebrate our experiences from this pandemic in a SG Night Fest light show.
Singapore Night Festival 2022 Night Lights
Other than a theme of revival, this year’s night lights and art installations also celebrate the heritage of the districts the festival is held at. Namely, Bugis, Fort Canning, and Dhoby Ghaut.
You’d definitely get this impression; that is, if you’re familiar with local history and culture. For those who aren’t, no worries! Each installation and show comes with a detailed write-up. There’s of course, also the official website, with its many synopses and interactive map.
Light Projection Mappings at Four Locations
For me, the best part of the Night Festival has always been the many light projection mappings.
This year’s display didn’t disappoint. Better yet, one of them pays homage to classic movies screened at the Capitol and the Cathay, a subject close to my heart not just because I review movies, but also because I studied this subject years ago.
It’s truly great that this colourful heritage is now presented for younger generations to appreciate.
0:00 Through Worlds (CHIJMES)
1:13 Stamford Clock Tower Projections
2:25 Midnight Show at the Capitol (National Archives of Singapore)
5:31 Stories from Forbidden Hill (National Museum of Singapore)
Performances, Exhibitions, and Food!
Singapore Night Festival 2022 ends on Aug 27, 2022.