A nocturnal extravaganza of light art, spectacular aerial performances, music and dance is set to wow visitors at the 5th edition of the Night Festival. The events will take place on the public green spaces of the Singapore Management University, National Museum of Singapore (NMS), Singapore Art Museum (SAM), SAM at 8Q, School of the Arts (SOTA) and The Substation. All museums including The Peranakan Museum and The Philatelic Museum will open till 2am as part of the festival and what’s even better – all visitors can enjoy complimentary late night admission– sounds like an adventure!
Held over two weekends on 24-25 August and 31 August – 1 September, Night Festival 2012 showcases 74 acts, out of which 66 are local. The most prominent local artwork would be that of Brian Gothong Tan’s light projection onto the façade of the National Museum of Singapore. He aims to bring Singapore’s historical buildings to life – through his experimental film “WE THE PEOPLE”. Also look out for acrobats from Another highlight Circus Swingapore, the only school here that teaches Circus Arts (I didn’t know we had that!).
The most exciting part for me would be Night Lights, an outdoor showcase of spectacular light installations at Singapore Art Museum , SAM at 8Q and School of the Arts. These artworks were first presented at Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France which hosts the world’s grandest and oldest light art festival in the world. It’s a highly-coveted festival for light artists to exhibit at, so we can expect world-class standards here.
I was there both days, and there was so much to see I understood why the festival went on till 2am. Visitors sat on the grass, transfixed by the light projections on SAM and NMS, or simply merry little figures come alive on the steps of SOTA. A pity about the hot weather, else I would have thought I was on the streets of Lyon watching a beautiful art performance.
For the first time, Armenian Street will be closed on the second festival weekend (31 August – 1 September 2012), from 8pm to 2am due to planned programmes for the public along the street. I’ll certainly be back next weekend to catch this, and Argentinian group Fuerzabruta’s aerial spectacular. And loading up on the coffee to last me thought the night.
Night Festival 2012
Fri & Sat, 24 & 25 Aug and 31 Aug & 1 Sep | 7:30pm – 2am
SAM, SAM at 8Q, School of the Arts (SOTA), and various locations