From 19 to 27 August 2022, Singapore Night Festival (SNF) returns with the theme Rebirth for its 13th edition. This year’s festival will zoom in on the Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) precinct’s heritage and stories through an iridescent line-up of experiences, with a greater focus on programmes and artworks by local artists.
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.
Projection 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.
On the facade of the Stamford Clock Tower, festival-goers can enjoy The Melting Pot, a kaleidoscopic ode to Singapore’s multicultural communities, co-created by illustrator and visual artist, Adeline Tan and award-winning DJ, Benedict Teo; and Madeleine, a pop art style piece by Lueur, a collective of five students from the School of Film & Media Studies at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, that takes you on a journey through the stories of the BBB district.
Blending audio and visual mediums, Through Worlds by Jo Ho and Intriguant will light up the facade of CHIJMES Hall, showcasing an imaginative world of endless possibilities. You can immerse in multiple perspectives within the history and hypothetical, imagined future of CHIJMES and the area around it.
Night Lights makes its return with 15 installations dotted around the BBB precinct, bringing to life everyday spaces that you 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
We can no longer be strangers after this by Perception3, located outside the National Museum of Singapore, highlights the shifts and changes in the post-pandemic experience; while Celebration of Life+Style by Justin Lee, situated at the Stamford Arts Centre, is a tongue-in-cheek juxtaposition of traditional Eastern characters with modern elements calling into question the impact of technology on our daily lives. City of Books, a large-scale anamorphic pavement mural by Fish Jaafar, sheds light on the decline of print media.
The festival also expands to Fort Canning Park this year, showcasing works that you 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 you 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.
You 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.
You 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.
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.
Get competitive in a self-guided race down memory lane with Heat Of The Night, and solve clues and discover stories of BBB for a chance to win attractive prizes including dining vouchers and a staycation at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore.
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.
BBB Partner Programmes
At the National Design Centre, art installation TERRARIUM invites you into an immersive garden landscape, exploring the possibilities of nature in the future and how technology can blur the lines between virtual and physical realms.
Over at the Stamford Arts Centre, you can look forward to A Date with Tradition, and soak in the charm of our traditional arts with a series of music and dance performances, traditional arts and crafts workshops, art installations and more.
Other partners of the precinct presenting programmes in conjunction with SNF include the National Library Board, Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations, School of the Arts (SOTA), The Theatre Practice, Objectifs, and more.
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.
You 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.
You can also replenish their energy with delectable offerings from Fooditube, The Swag Social and Sofnade!
SNF 2022 runs from 19 to 27 August 2022. While entry to the festival is free, some programmes are ticketed.
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