Full Album Here: Singapore Night Festival Aug 2015 Weekend 1

When one lives on a tropical island where the daytime temperatures are consistently less than comfortable, one adapts. In Singapore, one such adaptation is the Singapore Night Festival. First organized in 2008, this annual festival promises a fortnight of performances, art installations and overall a roaring good time all in the comfort of earth’s night side. But of course, such an event held in a place like Singapore just guarantees some pretty impressive crowds…

During the Night Festival, there is free entry to the museums in the area all the way from 7pm to 2am. If one needs an excuse to hang out at a museum past midnight, this should provide ample motivation. This is especially nice since the Singapore Art Museum changes its contemporary art exhibits on a regular basis, guaranteeing a different experience from one Night Festival to the next.

Air Pollution - A sculpture by Made Wianta. Exhaust pipes and steel.
Air Pollution – A sculpture by Made Wianta. Exhaust pipes and steel.

The installations this Night Festival include Le Desir Et La Menace (wire sculptures in the banyan tree outside the National Museum of Singapore, lit by night), Pixels Wave 2015 (interactive light projection at the National Design Centre) and Hanami (light installation evocative of sakura blossoms, amidst drapery at the Armenian Church).

Pixels Wave 2015 @ National Design Centre
Pixels Wave 2015 @ National Design Centre
Hanami installation, at the Armenian Church
Hanami installation, at the Armenian Church
Le Desir Et La Menace at the banyan tree
Le Desir Et La Menace at the banyan tree

Of course, the nights would not be complete without the live performances. This weekend, numerous groups performed, amongst which are the Spark! percussion group from World Beaters Music and Singapore’s very own Starlight Alchemy with their sizzling LED and fire performances. Spark! was roaming about the vicinity of the Festival Village, strutting their stuff for all and sundry with their theatrical flair perfectly timed alongside the beat of their drums.

Spark! percussion group
Spark! percussion group drumming it up for the night

Meanwhile, Starlight Alchemy was burning things up with their burning torches drawing massive sheets of flame as they perform for their acrobatic 3-part act: Into The Starlight right at the doorstep of the Singapore Art Museum.

Sizzling Starlight Alchemy
Sizzling Starlight Alchemy
Starlight Alchemy
Moar fire!

To those who have not managed to catch them this weekend, you are out of luck as this was the only weekend for their performances. However, do not miss the following weekend of 28-29th August, with its own lineup of time sensitive crowdtastic performances.

Crowdtastic
Crowdtastic

For those who have just arrived in Singapore and are determined to make the most of the last weekend of the Night Festival, here’s a word of advice: The live performances are the most time sensitive and tend to run over the weekend only. It is a better option to view the exhibits before the weekend, thus allowing you to focus on live performances over the weekend. For more information, have a look at the festival guide link below:

Singapore Night Festival 2015 Guide

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