Light to Night Festival 2020 | Light Installations & Food Street for Families

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Location:  Various Venues at the Civic District
Date: 10 - 19 Jan 2019
Opening Hours: 10 am - 12 am 
Admission: Free, unless otherwise stated

The marquee event of the Singapore Art Festival is back for 2 weeks in January 2020! The fourth edition of the festival is themed Invisible Cities, and will be celebrated across the Civic District's most iconic cultural institutes: National Gallery Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, The Arts House, Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall and Esplanade‚ÄďTheatres on the Bay.

Let's take a look at what awaits young families at the festival! 

Light Projects: City States of Mind

Witness the monuments at the Civic District light up with spectacular light projections every night! The popular Art Skins on Monument is back, and here are a couple of prominent spots not to be missed!

Metapolis: Wayfarer's Dream

10 - 19 Jan 
Sun - Thu: 8 pm - 10 pm | Fri - Sun: 8 pm - 12 am
National Gallery Singapore, City Hall Wing, Level 1

This work is inspired by the festival‚Äôs theme of "invisible cities", delving further into the idea of ‚Äúcity states of mind‚ÄĚ. It explores the workings of the metapolis. The labyrinthine landscape here finds order in chaos, and a cartographical painting fulfils a wayfarer‚Äôs dream. Losing our way can often open up opportunities for discoveries.

Metapolis: City As A Canvas

10 - 19 Jan
Sun - Thu: 8 pm - 10 pm | Fri - Sun: 8 pm - 12 am
City Hall & Former Supreme Court

This visual journey imagines the monuments’ states of mind beyond physical structures, social order and practical solutions. Unravelling the hidden stacks of the physical, social and informational priming to unveil the secret desires of metropolitan living.

Metapolis: Concrete Collage 

10 - 19 Jan 
Sun - Thu: 8 pm - 10 pm | Fri - Sun: 8 pm - 12 am
National Gallery Singapore, Supreme Court Wing

Here, the Metapolis canvas stretches into the realm of signs and symbols. This city is a montage of surfaces Ô¨Ālled with ideograms, authored and arranged by the invisible hands of its inhabitants

Mythopolis: Knots of Knowing

Photo Credits: Asian Civilisation Muesum

10 - 19 Jan
Sun - Thu: 8 pm - 10 pm | Fri - Sun: 8 pm - 12 am
Asian Civilisation Museum

Cities have their own kind of mythology, a hidden system of ciphers inscribed in objects and rituals. A visual manifestation of the cultural and spiritual human experience, the knotty unknowns will be untangled to reveal our common thread.

Light Installations

Floating Cities

National Gallery Singapore, Padang Atrium

Be awed by the sublime cityscape within the Padang Atrium. Ethereal towers made of string and suspended at different heights resemble skyscrapers. They are lit from within, creating a glowing city while illuminating this grand space. Performances will be taking place during the festival too! 

As you move around the installation, the towers seem to morph and even appear see-through from certain angles. During the Light to Night Festival, the lights will respond to the music from the performances taking place in the Padang Atrium, varying in colour and intensity. Floating City is the first suspended installation in the Gallery’s Padang Atrium.

Optical Maze

The Padang

This colourful pavilion comes to life when the sun sets, with lights that respond to the visitors within it. The structure, composed of steel triangles, appears to change shape as you navigate the labyrinth. This installation restores the Padang to its original use as a recreational civic space, and provides an open space for the kids to run around too! 

Light Lane

Esplanade Park Sidewalk

An interactive light installation that uses shadow light projection to bring to life bustling activities, sounds and sights beyond Singapore, transporting you into an invisible city. Simply hop on the stationary bike (kids bikes will be available too), and start riding! 

Between Two Worlds

Esplanade Park

The use of mirrors for this installation will interest the kids as they make their way through the passageway of mirrored memory pools. While there is a deeper meaning to this installation (about confronting Singapore multi-faceted reality), we believe this will be popular with young families for a different reason. 

*while tempting, the artists of the installation have informed us that the "glass puddles" on the ground are not for standing on. 


Drop-in UV Body Marbling

10 - 11 & 17 - 18 Jan | 7 - 10 pm
Asian Civilisation Museum, Porch

Dip your arm into a swirl of vibrant colours resembling the buzzing vibe of Singapore's civic district in the day ‚Äď and watch as the effect comes to life under black light at night!

Future Cities - Printmaking for Kids

10 & 18 Jan | 7.30 - 9.30 pm
The Arts House, Living Room

Embark on an imaginative journey into the future with sea-painter and arts educator Ly Yeow and design your very own urban landscape filled with floating and towering cities in this drop-in printmaking workshop for kids. Come explore and be young architects, we will create cities yet to come!

Art x Social 

10 - 11 & 17 - 18 Jan | 6 - 11 pm
Empress Lawn & St. Andrew's Road

The roads in the Civic District will be closed to create a pedestrian street with Art, Music, Food and Drinks! Expect live music performances and games that will keep the family entertained from light till night! 

For more details of the festival, click here. 


So, what do you think? Will you be visiting the Civic District over the 2 weekends from 10th of Jan 2019 for the Night to Light Festival 2020? 



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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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