The Singapore Night Festival 2023 returns from 18 - 26 August 2023

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The Singapore Night Festival returns to light up the Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) precinct with its very first family zone this year!

Venue: Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct
Dates: 18 - 26 Aug 2023
Admission: Free

The annual Singapore Night Festival will be back at the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct from 18 to 26 Aug 2023! This year's theme,¬†‚ÄúSingapore, the Great Port City‚ÄĚ, showcases Singapore‚Äôs evolution and growth beyond its early role as a port city into a dynamic modern metropolis where worlds meet.

Festival-goers can look forward to exploring the museums and heritage buildings around BBB with a line-up of multi-cultural festival offerings featuring works by local artists. From dynamic projection mappings and Night Lights installations, to unique, experiential programmes and food and retail experiences, the Singapore Night Festival 2023 is sure to delight! And for the very first time, the Singapore Night Festival will feature a family zone around Fort Canning Rise with activities catered to children by the Children’s Museum Singapore.

Let's take a look at some of the happenings for families at the Singapore Night Festival 2023! 

Night Lights & Projection Mappings

Venue: Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct
Dates: 18 Aug to 26 Aug, 7.30pm - 12am
Admission: Free

There will be various Night Lights and Projection Mapping across the Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct, including at CHIJMES, the National Museum of Singapore, Funan Mall and more. These are free for everyone to experience!

Families can expect a multi-sensory experience with moving lights, colours and sounds and exploring the entirety of the night festival will take approximately 3 hours by foot at a slow pace. 

Festive Villages

Refuel and chill with Live performances and light projections between your walking experience at the Festive Villages happening around the entire Precinct. 

Main Festive Village @ SMU Campus Green

Venue: SMU Campus Green
Dates: 18 Aug to 26 Aug, 6pm - 10.30pm (except for Friday and Saturday: 6pm - 11.30pm)
Admission: Free

Singapore Night Festival’s first-ever collaboration with Singapore Management University (SMU) Arts Festival has made SMU Campus Green the ultimate pitstop. It’s a celebration of our port city, and this party understands the assignment, dishing out SNF-exclusive cocktails and bold flavours inspired by the spice route.

Festive Village @ Armenian Street

Venue: Armenian Street, Beside The Bible House
Dates: 18 Aug & 19 Aug, 25 Aug & 26 Aug 7pm - 12am
Admission: Free

Festival Village @ Armenian Street, where prominent landmarks like Peranakan Museum reside, presents PORT CITY 2.0. Brace yourself for eclectic performances, culinary experiences, and art portals that serve as a gateway to new ideas.

Festive Village @ CHIJMES

Dates: 18 Aug to 26 Aug, 7pm - 12am
Admission: Free

CHIJMES: A Luminous Festival Experience turns the historical heirloom into an eclectic, adrenaline-filled venue teeming with awesome deals at participating restaurants, booze on The Lawn, and upbeat music after nightfall. CHIJMES Hall needs no introduction after its appearance in Crazy Rich Asians, but watching a projection extravaganza eclipse its pristine facade is a whole other vibe.

After Dark

Venue: Children's Museum Singapore
Dates: 18 Aug to 20 Aug, 25 Aug & 26 Aug, 7.30pm ‚Äď 8.30pm | 8.30pm ‚Äď 9.30pm| 9.30pm ‚Äď 10.30pm
Admission: Free

Ever wanted to live out your ‚ÄúNight At The Museum‚ÄĚ dreams?¬†After Dark¬†is your chance to experience a museum where interesting characters come alive after sunset. But fear not; there‚Äôs nothing eerie about it. We‚Äôre talking about a children‚Äôs museum, after all. As you explore its nooks and crannies, look out for a postman, baker, and bird watcher among other personalities, and discover the stories they have to share. This programme is free of charge, and admission is granted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

We’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather, until we cannot 

Venue: Fort Canning Rise
Dates: 18 Aug & 19 Aug, 25 Aug & 26 Aug, 1st Session: 7.30pm - 7.50pm | 2nd Session: 8.30pm - 8.50pm | 3rd Session: 9.30pm - 9.50pm
Admission: Free

We‚Äôll weather the weather, whatever the weather, until we cannot ūüꆬ†reimagines Fort Canning Rise as a vast ocean, debuting three fantastical sentient beings in striking colours. While not quite a rainbow, that guess comes pretty close.¬†

These larger-than-life characters are inspired by the vibrant hues found on meteorological maps, symbolising the capricious conditions that sailors encountered at sea in the last 700 years. Complete with attendants and a percussionist, who embody the fickle rhythms of nature, this theatrical procession is a nod to Singapore's position as a safe haven amidst the region's tempestuous weather patterns. It seems like we've hit the jackpot in terms of geography indeed.

The Bird, The Squirrel, and the Sambar Deer of Bukit Larangan

Venue: Children’s Museum Singapore Private Carpark
Dates: 18 Aug to 20 Aug, 25 Aug & 26 Aug 8pm ‚Äď 8.20pm | 9pm ‚Äď 9.20pm
Admission: Free

Gather around a bonfire for a night of merriment with The Bird, The Squirrel, and the Sambar Deer of Bukit Larangan, also known as the Forbidden Hill. These whimsical creatures will share their renditions of mystical legends surrounding Bukit Larangan, once the resting place of royalties, unveiling their ancestry and entrusting you with tales to safeguard for future generations. This programme is free of charge, and admission is granted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

AT SG 2023

Venue: National Library Building and National Archives Building
Dates: 18 Aug to 24 Sep, Various timings
Admission: Free

Celebrate AT SG (All Things Singapore) 2023 via the National Library Board’s exciting line-up of events. Experience creative renditions of Singapore’s history through art installations, performances, talks, storytelling sessions, and hands-on activities at the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore.

Time is a Black Circle

Venue: National Museum of Singapore
Dates: 19 Aug to 27 Aug 7.30pm - 11.30pm
Admission: $27 (Early Bird at $22 till 17 Aug - tickets available here)

Time is a Black Circle is a throwback to the seventies when the Swinging Sixties and Disco Fever were underway. Back in the day, party-goers flocked to the Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) precinct for live discotheques owned by the likes of Kelong Restaurant and YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association). 

Step into the dancing shoes of your parents and grandparents, and relive a bygone era when influencers of their generations, like The Silver Strings and Rita Chao, painted the town red.

Singapore Maritime Trail 1: Our Heritage

Venue: SMU School of Accountancy
Dates: 18 Aug to 20 Aug, 23 Aug to 26 Aug, 7pm - 9.30pm and 7.30pm - 10pm | *7pm - 930pm only on 23 and 24 Aug
Admission: Free

Singapore Maritime Trail 1: Our Heritage offers a glimpse into the industry before the rise of shipping containers and vessels. Take a journey back in time as you explore maritime-related landmarks and sites dating as far back as the 13th and 14th centuries when Singapore was already a bustling centre for trade.

Limited night tour slots are available. Book your tickets  via today!

ThrottleUp @ Singapore Night Festival 2023

Venue: The Cage, Bugis+, Open Plaza
Dates: 18th - 20th & 25th - 27th August 202
Admission: $25 for 20mins

Signup for a drone try-out with pilot instructors from ThrottleUp and fly inside The Cage, a state-of-the-art LED drone arena at Bugis+. 

A Date with Tradition

Venue: Stamford Art Centre
Dates: 25 - 26 Aug 2023, 5 pm - 11 pm
Admission: Mostly free

Get ready for free traditional art programmes and activities for families this Aug! Organised by Arts House Limited, in conjunction with Singapore Night Festival, families can expect fun family activities at the popular A Date with Tradition at the Stamford Art Centre from 25 to 26 Aug 2023, 5 pm to 11 pm daily!

Come and immerse in the beauty and richness of traditional arts with captivating performances, hands-on activities and artist showcases by local traditional arts groups. From cross-cultural collaborations to interactive traditional art activities ‚Äď there‚Äôs definitely a reason to visit Stamford Art Centre over both evenings!

Families can look out for kid friendly happenings including,

  • Minhwa Art Colouring Activity
  • Glow-in-the-dark Paper Fruit Basket Inspired by Nanyang Artists
  • Traditional Chinese Knots
  • Upsized Fun & Games ‚Äď giant five-stones, pick-up sticks and country erasers
  • Old School Cinema on Wheels

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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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