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Photograph: Singapore Night Festival 2022
Photograph: Singapore Night Festival 2022

Singapore Night Festival returns this August – here are key installations to look forward to

Over 55 vibrant experiences will illuminate the Bras Basah-Bugis precinct.

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Izza Sofia
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The Singapore Night Festival will illuminate the streets next month, after a two-year hiatus. Held in the Bras Basah-Bugis precinct, the festival will run from August 19 to 27. Titled Rebirth, the 13th edition of the programme is set to feature over 55 programmes, with a focus on the heritage and character of the precinct. Highlights include six projection mapping installations and 14 night lights installations. Performances and experiential events will also be part of the lineup.

Photograph: Singapore Night Festival 2022
Photograph: Singapore Night Festival 2022

This year’s edition will go “hyperlocal,” so look forward to local artistes performing a play that pays tribute to old Cathay films and the former Cathay Building. A temporary set, Cathay Hotel: The Curse of the Missing Red Shoe, produced by local arts collective Vertical Submarine will be erected in Cathay Green – a patch opposite The Cathay. It will feature characters from Cathay films from a bygone era such as Mat Bond, and Mambo Girl, allowing audiences to experience these old characters in a contemporary setting. 

The festival also serves as a platform for local artists to co-create and showcase their best works and performances. Artist Amanda Tan will have her work projected on the Stanford Court clock tower. Titled Glitches of You, it explores a multicultural and modern identity. Expect to see more installations this year as the festival grounds will be expanded to Fort Canning Park as well.

Highlights of the festival

Cathay Hotel: The Curse of the Missing Red Shoe

Photograph: Singapore Night Festival 2022
Photograph: Singapore Night Festival 2022

The theatre performance by Vertical Submarine takes place opposite The Cathay. Look forward to seeing acts by iconic characters from old films such as Orang Minyak and Pontianak.

Yesterday Once More: Queen Street

This theatre performance tells the story of those who have lived on the street – the laundrymen and a woman who have lived through the Japanese occupation. Includes performances by a pole dancer and a bubble artist.

Stories From Forbidden Hill and Glitches of You

This projection at the National Museum tells the story of Singapore’s mythical origins dating to the 14th century. Local artist Amanda Tan’s work, Glitches of You, will be projected on Stamford Court’s clock tower. 

Tunnel Graffiti

Photograph: Singapore Night Festival 2022
Photograph: Singapore Night Festival 2022

Audiovisual artist Lynette Quek’s interactive artwork at Fort Canning Park Tree Tunnel has elements that are activated by sound. Her works are inspired by street art, cyberpunk and hieroglyphics.

Under My Tree Roof

Located at Fort Canning Park spiral stairway, British-Israeli artist Chloe Manasseh spruces up the wall with an artwork featuring local elements like the heritage trees and native birds.

The full programme line-up for Singapore Night Festival 2022 will be announced in the beginning of August 2022. For more information or to book early bird tickets, please visit go.gov.sg/sgnightfest.

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