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Night Festival Singapore 2017: Convolutions by EZ3kiel

Night Festival 2017 - Convolutions by EZ3kiel

The Singapore Night Festival returns for its 10th at the Bras Basah-Bugis precinct with a spectacular light projection, art performances and installations, and complimentary museum entry till midnight. The festival is spread amongst five zones – National Museum, Armenian Street, Cathay Green, Singapore Management University and Singapore Art Museum. New for this year, you can also go on a festival bike trail with bicycles borrowed from the National Museum.

This particular light mapping art installation on the facade of the National Museum by Frenchman Yann Nguema wowed many at the festival opening. It was one of the best light projections I have seen in Singapore. Titled Convolutions, the projection will be on for all nine days of the Night Festival. This particular piece was adapted from the artist’s iconic piece titled Evolutions that was show on Cathedral St Jean in Lyon, France, as part of the Fete des Lumieres (Festival of Lights), the world’s oldest and grandest light festival, last year. New elements added to the showpiece include a lion.

Night Festival Singapore 2017 takes places from 18 till 26 Aug, with most performances happening on 24-26 Aug (looking forward to Globe by Close-Act Theatre).

Night Festival 2017 - Convolutions by EZ3kiel

Night Festival 2017 - Convolutions by EZ3kiel

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Singapore Night Festival 2015 – Starlight Alchemy

Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015
Starlight Alchemy’s spectacular showcase of its multi-disciplinary flow arts at Singapore Night Festival 2015 combines a variety of aerial and large custom-made fire props, as well as LED technology performance props. Their performance tells of the exhilarating journey of reconciliation between Apollo from the world of Ethereal Light and Nuri from the world of Eternal Flame, through three 25-minute segments during the night. I am so proud we have such a great performance art group from Singapore :)Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015

Starlight Alchemy at Singapore Night Festival

Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015Starlight Alchemy at Singapore Night Festival

Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015

Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015

Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015

Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015


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Singapore Night Festival 2015 – Garden of Angels by Theatre Tol

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsI was brought into a world of fantasy and joy with a carousel of flying angels, singing birds and burlesque pigs over the weekend. No, I wasn’t dreaming. I caught the “Garden of Angels” performance by Theatre Tol (Belgium), a festival commission for this year’s Singapore Night Festival.

Inspired by the paintings of Russian-French expressionist artist Marc Chagall, Theater Tol’s latest performance merges the realms of nature, people and fantasy into one. It was the second time Theatre Tol presented their show at the festival, and they certainly mesmerized the crowd with their performance, dribbled with surprises throughout which drew countless oohs and ahhhs.  Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsSinging Bird serenading the crowd with O Mio Babbino Caro

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsWhat a pretty horse!Theatre Tol - Garden of Angels
Burlesque pigs! Super cute.

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsSinging chanteuseTheatre Tol - Garden of AngelsAngels with the moon. I must be in haven.

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsTheatre Tol - Garden of Angels

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsTheatre Tol - Garden of Angels

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsDown comes a whole load of white feathersTheatre Tol - Garden of Angels

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsWhat an amazing treat, gasp. Come back again soon Theatre Tol!


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PMQ – Proudly Made in Hong Kong

PMQ Hong Kong
After laying dormant for almost 14 years, the former Police Married Quarters (PMQ) on Hollywood Road has found new life as Hong Kong’s latest creative hub for local designers of diverse disciplines. The 18,000sqm former heritage site houses 130 units rented out to selected locally based creative talents from the fields of design, fashion and art at a discounted rate for a maximum lease of two years, to allow them to create their own viable businesses. More established brands such as Bread and Butter and Vivienne Tam are also present on the ground and first floor to lend some clout.

PMQ is also home to five restaurants including Aberdeen Street Social by Jason Atherton & Yenn Wong,  and Spanish fine dining restaurant Vasco featuring Paolo Casagrande from two- Michelin star Barcelonan restaurant Lasarte. There are 15 pop-up spaces, 6 units for international ‘designers in residence’ to work from and a huge 6,000sqm exhibition space called the Cube which will host fashion and art events. Be sure to visit the night market run by the organisers of Island East Markets every Friday and weekend nights featuring street food from the city’s most cutting edge eateries, creations by local craftspeople and music from top musicians and DJs. I popped by Hong Kong’s newest creative spot for a look during its soft opening in May. It officially opens in late June 2014. As far as I could see from the 30% of the shops open during the soft opening – it’s a shopping haven for people who appreciate one-of-a-kind product offerings (like me), and I have no doubt it will be a hip place to hangout during the weekend evenings. Pen it down in your itinerary on your next trip to Hong Kong.


PMQ Hong KongThe site on Aberdeen Road where PMQ sits also deserves mentioning for its rich cultural heritage – it was built way back in 1889 as the Central School. The school was severely damaged during World War II and was demolished in 1948 to make way for building the Former Police Married Quarters (and where its current name PMQ was derived). After the Former Police Married Quarters were vacated in 2000, it remained empty for years amid a mire of indecision on its next usage. It was definitely a costly (in)decision as the market price of the building was estimated at $2,500m to $3,000m. The government eventually launched the ‘Conserving Central’ plan in 2009 to preserve eight key heritage sites in Central including PMQ. A $100m bid by the Musketeers Foundation (a group of 3 anonymous local businessmen who support culture and education) to turn the site into a creative hub for designers was accepted, and voila – PMQ is born.

PMQ Hong Kong

It’s heartening to see efforts have been made to maintain and enhance the original features of the site, such as these granite steps and rubble retaining wall which have existed since the opening of the Central School in 1889.

PMQ Hong Kong

PMQ consists of an adjacent pair of 7-floor buildings constructed in 1951. Architecturally, the design of the two quarters blocks reflects the architecture of the modern movement. For me, I couldn’t wait to start shopping.

PMQ Hong Kong

I was quite intrigued by these old-school postboxes on the ground floor.

PMQ Hong Kong

Some of the shops include the super famous HK lifestyle store Goods of Desire, industrial-based accessories POMCH, Crafted in Hong Kong by Kapok, Coney & Co, multi-label fashion boutique The Refinery by curated by well-known British blogger Elizabeth Lau, Smoth and Norbu which crafts spectacles out of yak and buffalo horn and even 513 Paint Shop, a designer paint shop.

PMQ Hong Kong

It’s not a place only for the arty-farty, the tourists, but local families too! The children looked so happy playing, I felt tempted to join in.

PMQ Hong Kong

These dim sum candles are just SO CUTE, they look so real!

PMQ Hong Kong

Exquisite ceramics which look good enough to eat

PMQ Hong Kong

Eco-friendly offerings

PMQ Hong Kong

I want bespoke creative agency Delication‘s “Jungles in a Bottle”.

PMQ Hong Kong

Very interesting home decor

PMQ Hong Kong

I was so tempted to get these photo frames modeled after traditional Hong Kong signboards

PMQ Hong Kong

A very good souvenir to get from Hong Kong

PMQ Hong Kong

On top of local talents, established names like Bread and Butter also set up shop on the ground floor.

PMQ Hong Kong

Even Giordano here looks better

PMQ Hong Kong

There’s a landscaped garden on the 4th level rooftop!

PMQ Hong Kong

Looks like a nice place to chill out :)

PMQ Hong Kong

A few units have been set aside to showcase the rich heritage of the site. The Central Government School was the first government school to teach a Western curriculum. Dr Sun Yat-sen and Macau casino king Stanley Ho were some of the students who studied there.

PMQ Hong Kong

3D model of the school

PMQ Hong Kong

In order to boost police recruitment, following an influx of Chinese immigrants after the Chinese Civil War, the Police Married Quarters was built in 1951 to provide accommodation for married rank and file officers to enhance the morale of junior police officers. Current and ex-Chief Executives CY Leung and Donald Tsang both lived there at one point.

PMQ Hong Kong

One of the units was refurbished to the original living space, and the video of past PMQ residents reminiscing about living there was intriguing. It was full of warmth, and you could tell they really enjoyed living there as a big community.

PMQ Hong Kong

You can view the foundations of the old Victoria College via an underground tunnel in the central courtyard.

PMQ Hong Kong

Taking a break from retail therapy to admire the architecture of the building

PMQ Hong Kong

Ok, now back to shopping!

PMQ Hong Kong

OMG I love these!

PMQ Hong Kong

Some fine-looking leathercraft

PMQ Hong Kong

Open Quote.

PMQ Hong Kong

Be sure to check out Chocolate Rain, a popular local brand featuring cute, whimsical characters on the ground floor

PMQ Hong Kong

Cuteness overload

PMQ Hong Kong

In love with these porcelain-inspired necklaces

PMQ Hong Kong

Whether for fashion, food or art, do drop by Hong Kong’s latest address for creativity during your next visit.

PMQ
35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Website: www.pmq.org.hk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PMQHK
Opening Hours: 1:00PM to 8:00PM

Getting there:
1) MTR Sheung Wan Station Exit E2. Walk through the Grand Millennium Plaza to reach Bonham Strand. Cross the road and turn left onto Wellington Street and walk for around two minutes. Turn onto Aberdeen Street and walk for around three minutes to reach PMQ.

2) MTR Central Station Exit C. Walk along Dex Voeux Road to the Hang Seng Bank Headquarters, which is linked to the Central–Mid-Levels Escalator. Take the escalator to Staunton Street and turn right. Walk for about three minutes to reach PMQ. The whole walk takes about 15 minutes.