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The Singapore Night Festival Returns This August 2022 With Over 55 Programmes



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Themed Rebirth, the festival returns with a re-energised format, with highlights that illuminate the lesser-known stories of Singapore’s multi-dimensional arts and heritage precinct.

Photo Credits: https://www.nightfestival.gov.sg/

Venue: Bras Basah Bugis
Date: 19 - 27 Aug 2022

Popular night-time arts and culture festival, the Singapore Night Festival (SNF), makes a comeback from 19 to 27 August 2022 following a two-year hiatus. Themed Rebirth for its 13th edition, the festival will bring the Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) precinct to life with local artists and the community reimagining the precinct in a whole new light.

6 Project Mappings, 15 Night Lights, 5 Experiential Programmes, 1 Festive Village

This year’s festival will present over 55 vibrant and eclectic experiences that will
illuminate the lesser-known stories in the heart of Singapore’s multi-dimensional arts and heritage precinct.

At this year’s SNF, the Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) precinct will come alive with highlight act Cathay Hotel: The Curse of the Missing Red Shoe, by local art collective Vertical Submarine, six projection mapping installations, 15 Night Lights installations, five performance locations, five experiential programmes and a Festival Village abuzz with an array of music performances and food and beverage experiences. 

Cathay Hotel: The Curse of the Missing Red Shoe

Venue: Cathay Green
Dates: 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 & 27 Aug
Time: 7.30pm and 8.45pm, with additional show at 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays
Admission: $33, $112 for bundle of 4, 20% off Early Bird Sales at $24.50 (from 21 July to 2 August) - check here for ticketing details (tickets have not been released at time of writing) 

This year's festival is headlined by immersive theatre performance Cathay Hotel: The Curse of the Missing Red Shoe by local art collective Vertical Submarine. At this performance, families will be solving a mystery set in the grandeur of a large-scale recreation of the Cathay Hotel. Situated at the Cathay Green opposite the Cathay Building, the highlight act opens with the story of a mysterious curse from more than 60 years ago that led to the separation of two lovers.

In this gripping anti-fairytale adventure, iconic Cathay characters such as Mat Bond, Pontianak and Mambo Girl are brought back to life in a surreal version of old Singapore. With the freedom to author their own adventures, audiences can expect an intimate encounter with the nostalgic cinematic landscape of Singapore’s post-war era as they revisit the origins of these bygone film characters.

Project Mapping Installations

SNF’s popular projection mapping installations return with six works illuminating iconic buildings in the city. Rediscover Singapore’s mythical origins at the National Museum of Singapore with Stories from Forbidden Hill by Maxin10sity, then head to the National Archives of Singapore for a colourful throwback to the cinema of times past with Midnight Show at the Capitol by MOJOKO, which revisits the classic movie posters that used to adorn the walls of Capitol Theatre and Cathay Picture House. 

Artist impression, courtesy of Maxin10sity

Venue: National Museum Singapore
Dates: 19 to 27 August 2022
Time: 7.30pm – 12am

The iconic National Museum of Singapore will light up with an entrancing projection showcase by Hungarian projection mapping studio Maxin10sity, visually narrating Singapore’s mythical origins and history dating back to the 14th century with motifs of ancient wall murals, nature, and national treasures.

Artist impression, courtesy of Amanda Tan

Venue: Stamford Clock Tower
Dates: 19 to 27 August 2022
Time: 7.30pm – 12am

A stone’s throw away, the Stamford Court clock tower will light up as artist Amanda Tan’s explores the notion of a multicultural modern identity in a dance of glitch art and fractured pixels.

Expanded Festival - Covering Fort Canning

The festival also expands to Fort Canning Park this year, showcasing works that festival-goers can enjoy at any time of the day. tobyato bird pitstop by tobyato is an artistic nod to Singapore’s rich bird biodiversity, inspired by the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings, inviting festival-goers to rediscover the well-trodden park by night. Also in the park, Under My Tree Roof is artist Chloë Manasseh’s first voyage into translating her artwork into a digital print displayed on the iconic Fort Canning Spiral Stairway.

Artist impression, courtesy of Lynette Quek

Venue: Fort Canning Park Tree Tunnel
Dates: 19 to 27 August 2022
Time: 7.30pm – 12am

Tucked away on the paths of Fort Canning Park, Tunnel Graffiti plays on history within a contemporary setting, taking inspiration from street art, cyberpunk and hieroglyphics.

These  interactive graffiti by local audio-visual maker Lynette Quek will line the walls of tunnels, to be activated by sounds made by visitors in the spaces.

Artist impression, courtesy of Chloë Manasseh

Venue: Fort Canning Park Spiral Stairway
Dates: 19 to 27 August 2022
Time: 7.30pm – 12am

Under My Tree Roof, a stunning display of Chloë Manasseh’s mural featuring local colourful botanical forms such as wild spice flowers, heritage trees and native birds, curves around the Fort Canning Park's iconic spiral staircase and beckons visitors to experience the dichotomy between the mural’s sheer scale and the intricacy of the constructed spaces it sits in as they transit through.

Night Lights - Seeing Every Spaces In New Light

Night Lights makes its return with 15 installations dotted around the BBB precinct, bringing to life everyday spaces that festival-goers are familiar with in the day but may not have experienced in the beauty of the night. The installations will shine a light on the precinct’s rich history and heritage with Night Lights like Paddy Fields by FARM, inspired by rice cultivators along Sungei Brass Brassa; and An Ocean Without The Anchor by Speak Cryptic, that pays homage to the Bugis people and their history as seafarers.

Artist impression, courtesy of Speak Cryptic

Venue: Raffles City
Dates: 19 to 27 August 2022
Time: 7.30pm – 12am

The 5-meter tall installation, An Ocean Without The Anchor by Speak Cryptic takes inspiration from a lighthouse, a structure synonymous with a beacon of hope shining in the darkness. Functioning as a compass to guide people lost at sea, the sturdy structure gives a sense of comfort to seamen leaving and returning home. Located at the entrance of Raffles City, which was along the Singapore shoreline before land reclamation took place in 1822, the installation is a nod to the Bugis people and their rich history as seafarers.

Performances

Festival-goers can also look forward to an exciting line-up of performances at five different locations across both weekends during the festival, which celebrate the diverse and vibrant performing arts scene in the precinct. Yesterday Once More: Queen Street by Inch Chua and Tim De Cotta will dive deep into the history of the precinct, spotlighting personal stories from past and present inhabitants, including a young mother who previously sold noodles along the street come rain or shine; and Aunty Cecilia, who lived through the Japanese Occupation on Queen Street and still resides there today.

Armenian Street Party will feature a special catwalk stage at Armenian Street with BBB’s very own artists and arts groups taking the limelight, including Bhaskar's Arts Academy, The A Cappella Society, Traditional Arts Centre Ltd, OM The Arts Centre, and SMU Voix. At Waterloo Centre, P7:1SMA’s roving act Discoloo Centre will relive the precinct’s past nightlife paired with historical anecdotes of disco fever. Music-lovers can also swing over to Jazz’in @ Capitol Singapore at Capitol Singapore’s Outdoor Plaza for smooth jazz tunes from home-grown artists such as Amanda Lee Swingtet and The Rhythmakers. 

Yesterday Once More: Queen Street by Inch Chua & Tim De Cotta

Venue: Various locations along Queen Street
Date: 19, 20, 26 & 27 August 2022
Time: 8.30pm & 9.30pm

Follow the roving theatre performance and travel through time over the history of Queen Street with songs and sonic storytelling.

The stories of people who live(d) on Queen Street – the dhobies, Auntie Cecilia who lived through the Japanese occupation, a young mother who sold noodles come rain or shine, a bride who waited for her groom to turn up, and a seasoned pole dancer – will unfold before your eyes and spark imagination of the years from the 1880s to the present day.

Experiential Programmes

 

Sit back and see the precinct through a trishaw rider’s eyes with Explore SG Night Fest with Trishaw Uncle; or discover the architecture of Bras Basah and the stories these buildings hold on guided tour After Hours@My Bras Basah with May Hui. Those hungry for more can eat their way through the BBB district's rich history with the SG Night Fest Food Tour or sample a taste of the precinct’s bustling nightlife with BBBooze O’Clock powered by Sui Gin.

Festive Village 

Topping off the night, Dhoby Ghaut Green will transform into an enchanting Festival Village featuring an array of performances, live DJ acts, game stations and specially curated food and beverage experiences. Festival-goers can groove to the beat at the urban park with five days of music programming featuring acts by local artists such as cover band Cosmic Alley and singers Hashy Yusof and Marian Carmel, covering a variety of genres from urban beats and R&B, to pop covers and electronic music. Festival-goers can also replenish their energy with delectable offerings from Fooditube, The Swag Social and Sofnade! 

Self-Guided Race With Prizes

Tickets: $10 per pax, OR $50 up to 6 persons in one group (3 - 27 August), 10% off Early Bird Sales at $9 per pax (from 21 July to 2 August) - check tickets here (tickets were not released at time of writiing)

For those who are up for a challenge, join the Heat Of The Night, a self-guided race where participants seek out clues and uncover stories behind the BBB precinct through a variety of activities. Fastest racers stand a chance to win attractive prizes!

More details of the Singapore Night Festival 2022 will be announced soon!


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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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