Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Week 5: Singapore Night Festivals 2016

The Singapore Night Festival returns for the ninth edition this year, with the theme Inventions And Innovation. The festival takes place over four nights - 2 weekends. Organised by the National Museum of Singapore, it is expected to draw big crowds - 600,000 people went to last year's edition. The Singapore Night Festival brings a nocturnal extravaganza right in the heart of the heritage district of the Bras Basah-Bugis precinct.
There are 5 different zones as part of the Singapore Night Festival. 
Zone 1: National Museum of Singapore (Main festival zone)
Zone 2: Armenian Street (Dance parties, Experimental performances & Light installations)Zone 3: Cathay Green, SOTA & Prinsep Street (Ticketed local performances at Cathay Green, & Night Buskers)Zone 4: Festival Village (SMU Campus grounds with local bands, flea market and food kiosks)Zone 5: Singapore Art Museum, Queen Street, Waterloo Street & National Design Centre (Artistic performances & Light installations)
I managed to catch all the zones except zone 3. What caught my eye was apparently the centerpiece of Singapore Night Festival which was the Keyframes. It offers narrations of the city, where bodies and movement play main roles of telling a story upon the stately National Museum of Singapore facade. The blinking lights and movements of the body sticks were captivating to watch.
Through micro-stories weaved upon the stately National Museum of Singapore façade, KEYFRAMES offers narration in the city – urban stories where bodies and their movements play main roles. Part animation and part moving sculpture, the LED figures and their routine imbue static buildings with energy and excitement. This new installation – part of the KEYFRAMES series – brings glimmers of the past to life.
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The Singapore Night Festival is not just about visiting museums in the night, the local artworks and talents on display. Along with musical performances from modern hip-hop to drumming, there would be something interesting for visitors to explore and enjoy the arts scene in Singapore for the young and old, locals and visitors alike.

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