You won’t want to miss these 8 enthralling experiences at the Singapore Night Festival starting this weekend

It’s that time of the year again – the Singapore Night Festival (SNF) returns for it’s highly anticipated 12th edition at the Bras Basah-Bugis district, where you can expect an array of heritage and cultural works alongside beautiful light-art installations that illuminate the night.

This year, the festival is even bigger and better as SNF celebrates Singapore’s bicentennial and focuses on folklore and traditions from Southeast Asian regions. Revel in the engaging experiences in this ethereal wonderland with free admission from 23 to 31 August 2019. Read on for Avenue One‘s picks of the must-see exhibitions at SNF 2019!

1. Fuerza Bruta

Immerse your senses in a dynamic theatrical experience brought to you by renowned Argentinean troupe Fuerza Bruta. They have performed to over six million spectators in sold-out shows across the globe with a specialty in action-packed aerial acrobatics performances. You’ll definitely feel an adrenaline rush as performers soar to the skies executing acrobatic stunts during this 360-degree sensory party with mind-blowing lighting and visual effects that make for a memorable experience.

Date: 29 to 31 August 2019
Time: 8.30pm, 9.45pm, 11pm
Location:  Cathay Green
Admission: SGD15

2. Whispers by Light Society

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Ever wondered what a wind therapy session feels like? Whispers by Light Society synthesises elements from ancient and contemporary practices resulting in a mind-and-body training session.

Combining both subtle and powerful forces of nature, this experience evolves from a mesmerising hypnotic build to one with a high amplitude of strength. Invoke the power of the invisible as whispers surround you between fear and fascination in this transformative moving experience.

Don’t forget to update your Instagram stories with this 12-minute session that’s definitely Boomerang friendly!

Date: 8 Aug to 8 Sep 2019
Time: 10am – 7pm (extended till 10pm from 25 – 28 Aug, and 12am over festival weekends)
Location: Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore
Admission: Free

3. The Legend of Ramayana by Spectaculaires

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Inspired by the Indian epic poem, Ramayana, this light show invites you to follow the quest of Prince Rama to rescue his beloved wife Sita from the demon King Ravana.

Presented by French group Spectaculaires, this illumination will be reflected onto the National Museum’s Banyan tree – a first as a canvas for projection work. With many versions of this epic circulating around Southeast Asian regions in different languages, this will definitely be a treat for anyone who enjoys rich culture and beautiful monumental projections.

This epic will also be complemented by a Gamelan instrumental performance from 29 to 31 August 2019.

Date: 23 Aug to 31 Aug 2019
Time: 7.30pm to 12am
Location: National Museum of Singapore, Banyan Tree
Admission: Free

4. Intergalactic Dreams by Jahan Loh

Have you ever wondered what happens if Earth’s natural resources are depleted and we can no longer live here? With climate change a growing problem, Jahan Loh explores alternative homes to live in if Earth becomes uninhabitable in the future. Intergalactic Dreams is a three-part installation highlighting how resources on Earth are almost depleted with extreme weather making land less hospitable around the world – a problem we need to pay attention to.

Date: 08 Aug to 08 Sep
Time:10am – 7pm (extended till 10pm from 25 – 28 Aug, and 12am over festival weekends)
Location: National Museum of Singapore, Various locations
Admission: Free

5. Nocturnal Narratives

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Does it get any better than films under the stars? Nocturnal Narratives is exactly as its name suggests – Short Singaporean animated works highlighting the DIY spirit created using handmade elements. From fantastical tales to introspective expressions, these stories explore the breadths and depths of our inner lives. You can also browse and purchase photography and film-related publications from around Asia in the store here. Simultaneously ongoing in the Chapel Gallery, is an exhibition entitled ‘Mat’, which seeks to challenge common assumptions about Malay identity by unpacking gender relations and class affiliations through the works of emerging artists.

Date: 30 Aug & 31 Aug 2019
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Location: Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film
Admission: Free

6. Visual Collaboration by Kenneth A. Huff and Ding Yi Music Company

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In collaboration with Singapore’s biggest Chinese chamber ensemble, interdisciplinary visual artist Kenneth A. Huff presents a gripping performance based on the mathematics of chaos theory. Natural systems, patterns, and rhythms are explored using chaotic strange attractors to bring you pieces created by homegrown composers. No two performances will be the same here, as the systems continuously change in reaction to the performers’ music and interactions. Treat your auditory senses with this one!

Date: 29 Aug to 31 Aug 2019
Time: 7.45pm – 8pm, 8.30pm – 8.45pm
Location: SMU Campus Green, Projection Dome
Admission: Free

7. Keep Dreaming by Spectaculaires

Source: https://www.nightfestival.sg/

This might be the most Instagrammable feature of the SNF. Fans of projection mapping can look forward to ‘Keep Dreaming‘, an enthralling light artwork on the facade of the iconic National Museum of Singapore. Explore a whimsical journey with three mysterious characters as they awaken from their deep slumber and embark on an adventure, resulting in iconic sound, light, and graphic projections.

Date: 23 Aug to 31 Aug 2019
Time: 7.30pm – 12am
Location:  National Museum of Singapore, Facade
Admission: Free

8. Project: Dome – OCISLY By Lawrence Loh & Sebastien Jurkowski

Source: https://www.nightfestival.sg/

This interactive, child-friendly multimedia experience showcases work from five artists at a brand new experiential dome in Singapore Management University. Among them is a projection that keeps changing to show different experiences. All you need to do is scan the Ocisly QR Code, create a unique emoticon, and release it to the ever-evolving atmosphere of the dome as many times as you want – that is how you can leave your mark at SNF 2019!

Date: 23 Aug to 31 Aug 2019
Time: 7.30pm – 12am
Location: SMU Campus Green
Admission: Free

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