From being a bite-sized island, Singapore has become one of the prime financial centres of Asia and in the world. Referred to as the ‘Lion City’, Singapore is a sovereign city-state. Being a leading global player in every field, be it finance, commerce, industry or transport- Singapore boasts of the 3rd highest per capita GDP. Owing to the constantly evolving policies of the Singapore government, it now ranks to be one of the top cities for education, health care, quality of life, life expectancy, housing, career and much more. All of these verticals constantly keep adding to the quality of life of Singapore’s inhabitants. With a strong will to hold on to and nurture its age-old traditions, Singapore has plenty of grand annual festivals that dot the calendar. With over 63 islands which come together to make Singapore, one can imagine the diversity of the communities, ethnicities, races and religions. This sundry nature of Singapore reflects in these festivals which are quite honestly, a treat to attend and witness.
One such major festival is the much-awaited ‘Singapore Night Festival’ which is celebrated with much pomp and show every two weeks in the month of August. This grand festival celebrates the heritage and arts of Singapore’s history and tradition. You needn’t worry about travelling to the venue, as most of our holiday apartments in Singapore are located in close proximity to the metro station or other major modes of public transport which make travelling across Singapore a cakewalk. So sit back and read on to plan your stay in Singapore around the Singapore Night Festival.
What is it about?
The Singapore Night Festival is a grand celebration of the heritage and arts of Singapore that have evolved with it and have helped shape many traditions which the city-state holds on to till today. This festival is held at one of the major street crossings and starts with its daily events only when the sun goes down. From music, art installations, exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, indoor sports matches like wrestling and traditional martial art forms, food fairs, magic performances, performing arts like aerial dances, theatre, ballets and much more. This festival invites and offers its stage to both local and International artists and groups who come to perform and entertain the thousands who attend this festival. Also, the festival since its first year has always been free to attend. The major sponsor of this festival is the National Museum of Singapore. Some of the art installations and exhibitions are held at the National Museum of Singapore and other city museums for public viewing.
The Singapore Night Festival is centred around a central theme every year and all performances, installations, live musical acts are based around this theme. One should always head to Armenian Street- where traffic is prohibited and the public can indulge in the many live performances and stalls that adorn this street which becomes a mecca of sun-down fun. Look out for the light and laser installations which curate beautiful murals or well-known artworks on the facades of the Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum of Singapore.
Venue and Time:-
The Singapore Night Festival is held at the Bras Basah and Bugis precincts every year. Other major sub-locations of the SNF installations, stalls, exhibitions include the Armenian Street, The Singapore Museum of Art, The National Singapore Museum and The Singapore Peranakan Museum. The Singapore Night Festival for this year of 2017 is destined to be held from 18th of August to the 26th of August 2017. If you wish to plan your itinerary, depending on which performances and shows you are interested in, you can plan your itinerary accordingly by going through the official schedule for SNF 2017 by clicking on this link.
Major Highlights of the SNF 2017
The Singapore Night Festival is divided into two major sections of performance arts and the Night-light installations. This year’s edition of the SNF shall see 67 performing acts and 68 installations and exhibitions. See the entire schedule and their respective venues by downloading or saving the full schedule here. Some of the major highlights of this year’s SNF are:-
Globe by Close-Act Theatre
A beautiful theatre act of a child’s vision of the real world, one that doesn’t confine itself to religions, races or cultural traditions. A beautiful symphony of circus acts, pyrotechnics, audio and visual shows that put together one of the most impressive pop-acts that one might have seen till date. register a company