Singapore Night Festival 2016 returns to Bras Basah Bugis precinct starting this Friday from Aug 19 to 20 and Aug 26 to 27! This year, the theme for the festival, “Inventions and Innovations”, was inspired by the 19th-century era of industrialisation, with a hint of sci-fi and fantasy.
Looking forward to an exciting line-up at the festival but have no idea where to get started? To make it easier for you, we have came up with this ultimate Singapore Night Festival recommended guide!
Acquaint yourself with this map and the zones before heading down this weekend! With everything at your fingertips, you wouldn’t need to spend any time figuring how to get from one point to another.
Tip: Similar to all events, the Singapore Night Festival is going to be crowded. Singapore’s hot and humid weather doesn’t help either. Be armed with your portable fans and bring an umbrella! Let’s get exploring!
Guide to Exploring Singapore Night Festival
1. Zone 2: Armenian Street
Start your evening at Zone 2, at The Bloc Party at Armenian Street. With electrifying programmes ranging from motorcycle convoys to a selection of back-to-back music presented by The Substation, this is a party not-to-be-missed!
Only on 26 and 27 Aug, be treated to a parade of drummers in silver costumes on stilts. Also look out for fire performers bearing hand flares along Armenian street!
If you start your night late, be sure to catch Super Sonic (19 & 26 Aug) and 53A (20 & 27 Aug) at Timbre @ The Substation. They start from 10pm. Groove to live music and enjoy the night with Singapore’s prominent bands!
2. Zone 1: National Museum of Singapore
Head over to Zone 1 at the National Museum as LED figures take over the Museum’s facade! Seat back and relax on the lawn. KEYFRAME will offer narration; the LED figures and their movements will tell of urban stories.
Another not to be missed show is by The Wheel House at National Museum of Singapore. Happening only on the first weekend on 19 and 20 Aug, The Wheel House is a jaw-dropping, rolling acrobatic theatre performance. It’s a story of friendship and survival in a dystopian future. It unfolds inside and around a stunning circular home that’ll move alongside with the audience.
Timings: 8:00pm – 8:25pm, 9:25pm – 9:50pm, 10:50pm – 11:15pm
3. Zone 4: Singapore Management University
Getting the hunger pangs? Indulge in specially curated epicurean and shopping experiences. There are close to 30 flea market, and food and beverage stalls at the Festival Village this year!
4. Zone 3: Cathay Green, School of the Arts, and Prinsep Street
Next, head to Cathay Green to catch a performance by The House of Curiosities. Based on the story The Mechanical Heart, this performance tells of adventure and curious man-made machines. It also captures the wonderful capacity of human mind and spirit to discover and invent. This exhilarating performance is available on both weekends!
Ticket price: $16 (Adults), $13 (Concession*) Inclusive of $1 SISTIC Fee
Timing: 6 – 8pm, 8.30 -10.30pm, 11pm – 1am
Complimentary movie screening will be held at Rendezvous Hotel. With blockbusters screening from 7pm onwards, this is where you should visit! Arrive early to find out what movies they are screening on both weekends.
Timing: 7 – 11pm
5. Zone 5: Singapore Art Museum, Queen Street, Waterloo Street and National Design Centre
Lastly, celebrate Singapore Night Festival at Singapore Art Museum with contemporary art, exciting performances, good music, and delicious food!
Catch a mesmerising light projection-mapping performance on the Singapore Art Museum facade. It is inspired by the world of Victorian novelist Jules Verne and Singapore’s artistic culture.
Or, head to Waterloo Street to enjoy the wonderful feeling of camping. You can even rest on hammocks along the corridors!
Only on 20 Aug from 7PM to 11PM, catch a series of ten-minute short plays. Listen to SEEDY STORIES, EAT MY SHORTS, or laugh out loud at A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. All these will be held at the open Courtyard at Centre 42, 42 Waterloo Street.
There’s even more at Zone 5! Enjoy live music by local bands at muse@SAM, and shop and feast at the SAM X The Local People Art Market! Gallery opening hours will be extended till 1am! Don’t miss this chance to explore ongoing exhibitions at SAM and its annexe, SAM at 8Q.
With over 100 events and exhibitions happening at Singapore Night Festival 2016, this is one festival you must not miss! Book your friends and head down to the festival for a night of fun-filled events!
TIP: Head over to the Singapore Night Festival website to register an account and use their handy planner tool at “My Favourites”. You’ll be able to view all information about the programmes and activities.
Singapore Night Festival 2016
Dates: 19 – 20, 26 – 27 August 2016
Time: 7:30 pm – 2:00 am
Location: Bras Basah.Bugis
Mostly free admission
(All images are by Night Fest)