Singapore Night Festival 2019 Transforms Bras Basah.Bugis

Sights Syahirah Mokhtazar 27-Aug-2019

The Singapore Night Festival 2019 kicked off recently on Aug 23rd, transforming the cityscape and spaces around the Bras Basah.Bugis district with the glow of new light. Now in its 12th edition, the night-time festival extravaganza kicked off with its crowd-favourite Night Lights, featuring 17 immersive light artworks by local and international creatives.

The festival features a plethora of experiences to transform the district into an arts and cultural oasis until Aug 31st.

Festival Director, Angelita Teo, said, “SNF is 12 years old and many of our festival-goers have grown along with us on our festival journey. Year on year, they have come to expect new experiences that transform the Bras Basah.Bugis district, challenging them to see these spaces in a new light. This year will be no different with stunning light art installations, performances and programmes presented by local and international artists. And in a nod to the Singapore Bicentennial, some of these will feature a Southeast Asian twist. I look forward to seeing visitors immerse themselves wholly in the festival and the experiences it has to offer.”

French artists Spectacularies make a splash in Singapore with not one, but two impressive light art installations. Keep Dreaming invites all on a whimsical journey, turning the iconic façade of the National Museum of Singapore into a fantasy wonderland. Next to it, the museum’s Banyan Tree makes a majestic backdrop for The Legend of Ramayana, as it retells the Sanskrit epic poem through a mix of sound, light and scenography. Festival-goers are invited to return next week as the projection is accompanied by a live gamelan performance!

CHIJMES was lit up for the first time with Waves of Time – an animated projection depicting the journey of a prince across seas to chase his dream. It is also Singapore animation company Chips & Toon’s first projection mapping project, presented with assistance from Australia’s The Electric Canvas.

Using a laser beam, a festival-goer reshapes the chevet of the Armenian Church in this interactive and playful installation. Accompanied with a soundscape composed by EZ3kiel, S.C.U.L.P.T by Yann Nguema immerses visitors into a personal world of art and technology.

Source and photos: Tate Anzur