Guide to Singapore Night Festival
When the sun sets over the city in August, a carnival rises in the form of the Singapore Night Festival. Street performances, Instagramworthy light sculptures, and art installations both monumental and intimate turn the sleeping city into a hotbed of culture from August 18 to 26. So load up on coffee – you’ll want your eyes wide open for this. Set to the theme of ‘Ten Magical Years’, this year’s Night Festival is anchored by majestic – and interactive – light installations. Snap a few for the ‘Gram, then explore the rest of the festival grounds, which stretches from Armenian Street all the way to the National Museum of Singapore. The museums in the area are coming alive, too, with psychedelic video projections transforming their façades into works of art. And from August 24 to 26, musicians, magicians, acrobats and even professional wrestlers will roam the streets. With so much happening at the same time, we pick out six highlights you won’t regret catching.
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What if we say that this is not a joke? Nope, definitely no false pretenses here. The American rock outfit makes a comeback to our shores after nearly two decades since their last performance, and after cancelling their concert in 2012 due to Dave Grohl's medical condition. Get ready to rock out to anthems like 'All My Life', 'Best of You' and the Grammy-winning track, 'The Pretender'.
The Imaginarium of Disco David
Step into the Imaginarium of Disco David, a pop-up theatrical fest by ANDSOFORTH, where you'll embark on a psychedelic adventure. Travel through a series of mystical rooms and encounter his peculiar friends like the Shaolin Lifeguard and the Swan Ballerinas. Then, get ready to be swept off your feet with some disco boogie before you end the night with a four-course meal. And psst, the event location is a secret, so make sure you sign up to get all the deets.
Family Day at The Parkview Museum Singapore
Bond with the fam over arts and stimulate young minds at the on-going showcase, On Sharks & Humanity – an exhibition that embodies the ideals, beliefs and actions of the artists in their commitment towards the protection of sharks. The family-friendly event is suitable for ages six months to 60 years old, with interactive activities, such as creating your own ocean art.
Singapore Night Festival
The annual festival returns with more lights and sounds. Set to the theme of ‘Ten Magical Years’, this year’s Night Festival is anchored by majestic – and interactive – light installations around the Bras Basah-Bugis precinct. We check out six events happening at Singapore Night Festival 2017.
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
Calling all Zelda fans and symphony goers – with the launch of the newly released The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild video game, comes a 113 minute-long concert tour to celebrate the high-fantasy action adventure series. Presenting over three decades of music from the franchise served with an epic multimedia experience, fans can expect to relive all of their favourite moments with iconic tunes including 'Ocarina of Time', 'The Wind Waker', 'Twilight Princess' and more.
Relive your early punk rock days with Sum 41 as the Canadian outfit arrives to wreak havoc on our shores. After a five-year hiatus, the band is back with new music and their sixth studio album, 13 Voices. Get ready to sweat it out and mosh to frontman Deryck Whibley and the gang as they takeover Zepp@Bigbox for a one night only show.
New restaurants and bars in SG
The Bird Southern Table & Bar
A household name for Southern food in the United States, The Bird has landed on our shores and made The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands its first Asian nest. Famed for its Chicken 'N' Watermelon 'N' Waffle ($45), the restaurant's signature dish is made with chicken that's been brined for 27 hours before it's dredged in flour and pressure-fried 'til golden brown on the outside but still juicy on the inside. Served with spiced watermelon, cheddar cheese waffles, honey hot sauce and bourbon maple syrup, this chicken feast is good enough to fill two bellies. You'll also want to leave space for other star dishes like The Bird's fried green tomato BLT ($18), skillet cornbread ($10) and its Singapore-inspired Low Country Laksa ($38).
Be transported to the isles of Greece when you step into Bakalaki. Get your fix of Mediterranean cuisine by ordering a platter of dips including tzatziki ($14.90), Greek yogurt with cucumber, and taramosalata ($15.90), a white cod roe spread that you can slather onto warm slices of pita bread, fresh from the oven. The spacious tavern is perfect for entertaining large groups, so order one of its mixed grilled meat or seafood platters to share. The meat tray (from $97.90) comes with grilled skewers, lamb chops, meatballs and sausages, while the seafood platter (from $118.90) has a mix of squid, octopus and prawns.
Il Cielo (new chef)
Feast on an Italian dishes prepared by chef Yohhei Sasaki at this poolside restaurant. Il Cielo's new head chef has cooked in Michelin-starred restaurants around Italy and has amassed a repertoire of signature dishes such as his Hokkaido sea urchin spaghetti with Sardinia bottarga and yuzu juice. Opt for the degustation menu for a taste of what chef Sasaki has to offer. The 5-course $88 menu focuses more on Italian classics, while the $118 menu features a mix of Japanese and Italian dishes that incorporate ingredients such as sea bream and Toriyama wagyu.
With floor-to-ceiling windows that offer panoramic views of Orchard Road from the 24th floor of the Shangri-La, Nami is out to elevate Japanese cuisine. And head chef Shigeo Akiba is up for the task – he's cooked for Japanese royalty and spent five years working with Iron Chef Koumei Nakamura. His specialities include pan-fried tuna head glazed with sweet soy sauce ($60), steam abalone in kimo sauce ($90), and Japanese beef sirloin served with Kyoto vegetables in a dashi broth ($70). Dashi is central to Akiba's cuisine, it's made with the best kombu and katsuobushi sourced from the sea off northern Hokkaido, and is the cornerstone to most of the dishes you'll find at Nami.
For simple comfort food that hits the spot, head to Five Ten. The pop-up restaurant serves Taiwanese-inspired dishes all priced at either $5 or $10. The Lu Rou Fan ($10), a pork belly rice bowl served with an onsen egg and kai lan over Japanese rice, is our favourite. Have the rice bowls on their own or order a couple of side dishes like sautéed chicken hearts ($5) and beef tripe skewers ($10) with pickled cabbage to share. While Five Ten has cheap beers and drinks on the menu for the backpacker crowd, don't miss principal barista Time Chew's cold brews. The result of months of research and development, the cold brews come in three flavours of black, white and mocha, and are sure to keep you wired for the rest of the day.
The Japanese secret to glowing skin and better digestion? An alcohol-free beverage made from fermented rice called amazake. Amamoto is a new grab-and-go concept conveniently located at the basement of One Raffles Place that specialises in the beverage. Have it plain with soy milk ($4.80) or try it in a variety of flavours including matcha ($5), mango ($5.80) and orange ($5.80). Those on the hunt for a healthy meal can also grab a soba salad topped with amazake-marinated chicken ($12.80) served with a side of amazake-based dressings.