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The ultimate guide to Singapore Night Festival

Cameras at the ready – the Singapore Night Festival is back to keep your nights lit

Singapore Night Festival, Lords of Lightning
Photo: Ben Daure
By Cam Khalid |
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It's that time of the year again when the arts and heritage district of Bugis-Bras Basah transforms into an illuminated playground with plenty of interactive light installations on the agenda. Feast your eyes on the kaleidoscope of kinetic visuals projected onto the facades of buildings in the vicinity. And that's not all – the massive midsummer bash is also loaded with a myriad of street performances, Instagram-worthy light sculptures and art installations from August 17 to 25. To ensure you're not missing anything out, we've narrowed down seven highlights to catch at the Singapore Night Festival. You might want to charge your cameras for this.

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Singapore Night Festival, Aquatic Dream
Photo: Singapore Night Festival

Aquatic Dream

Aug 17-25

Catch the lawn at the National Museum of Singapore turn into an underwater forest that explores the past, present and future of the world's oceans from surface to deep depths. Dive into the illuminated installation that takes you from the Arctic Ocean to Coral Gardens and into the enigma of the Volcanic Sea.

National Museum of Singapore Lawn, 7.30pm-midnight

Singapore Night Festival, Leap of Faith
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The Leap of Faith

Aug 17-25

Local artist Teng Kai Wei's honeycomb-inspired installation invites everyone to take The Leap of Faith. See your footsteps glow in the dark as you walk on the award-winning interactive installation.

Handy Road open space (outside The Cathay), 7.30pm-midnight. 

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Singapore Night Festival, World of Wearable Art
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World of Wearable

Aug 17-25

Get the best of both worlds – fashion and technology – with the New Zealand-based design competition World of Wearable Art whose alumni includes designers responsible for the outfits of Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and Jessie J. Eight stunning creations including Singapore-based Galina Mihaleva's Life Pulse (Biological Micro-universe), are on display for all your avant-garde fashion inspo.

National Design Centre, Atrium, 7.30pm-midnight.

FierS à Cheval (La Compagnie des Quidams)
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FierS à Cheval

Aug 23-25

Now, here's a mesmerising spectacle you won't want to miss. Witness giant horses strut, gallop and maybe neigh around the precinct as the French outdoor theatre troupe Compagnie des Quidams dons larger-than-life luminous horses. 

National Museum of Singapore to Campus Green, 7.45pm-11pm

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Singapore Night Festival, Lords of Lightning
Photo: Ben Daure

The Duel

Aug 23-25 

UK troupe Lords of Lightning is making its Singapore debut with an electrifying display. Prepare for a jaw-dropping duel-like performance that produces nearly four million volts of electricity, and with the power of physics and art, sends crackling lightning bolts hurtling into the air.

Cathay Green,

7.45pm–7.51pm, 9.15pm–9.21pm, 10.30pm – 10.36pm

Singapore Night Festival, orbit
Photo: Singapore Night Festival

Orbit by LiteWerkz X 3M

Aug 17-25

Snap one for the 'gram, this solar-system inspired installation features orbiting planets that activate a unique sequence of light and reflection when interacted.

Dhoby Ghaut Green, 7.30pm-midnight

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Singapore Night Festival, Light Wave

Light Wave

Aug 17-25

For the first time, local lighting design and technology company Max Lab comes on board with a visual manifestation of wave energy transmission. Here, festival-goers are encouraged to move and twist a line of suspended light rods, and see the installation change in a wave-like manner.

National Museum of Singapore Front Lawn, 7.30pm-midnight

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