With a sizable food street and festive village, visiting Light to Night Festival 2023 was like stepping into an artistic playground.
Light to Night Festival is back! And like the Lunar New Year festivities over at Chinatown, with barely any social restrictions and limitations.
Feels to me that there are to be various thoughtful improvements too. The light projections, art installations, and performances are at the usual spots, but the placement of the Art X Social festive village and food street somehow makes everything easier to enjoy. For a start, you can sit on a bench, have a drink, and leisurely enjoy three of the light projections. The three largest ones too.
The whole experience is like visiting an artsy carnival.
As for art installations, there aren’t that many this year. But with all but one of them huge and with multiple facets, going through all will fill up an hour. Especially if you are taking photographs.
The light projections are at the same Civic District monuments as last year—five locations in all. There aren’t just five different shows, though, as the façade for the National Gallery Civic Wing Hall is the stage for three different projections.
In the words of the festive message, this year’s theme of Here & Now also encourages us to “reflect on one’s time and the environment.” Many programmes, projections, and installations thus showcase new ideas and different perspectives, as well as give voice to the less-represented.
About Botanica, the projection is indoors and within a chamber, and so only a certain number of visitors can enter at one go. If you’re visiting during peak hours, you probably have to queue for a while. (I had to)
Like I mentioned earlier, nearly all of these are huge. That makes them easy to enjoy and photograph even when crowded.
Art X Social 2023
I’m sure an Art X Social without the need for masks is one of the highlights of this year’s Light to Night Festival!
It was certainly great sitting at the festive village, with a drink in hand, listening to music, and watching the geometric patterns dance on the Victoria Theatre façade.
Check out my video for more shots of Art X Social (in the second half)
Light to Night Festival 2023 lasts three weeks. All the way to Jan 26, 2023. Please check the Festive Calendar for timings of performances.