Cameras on the ready – the night festival is back! Plenty of interactive light installations on the agenda, witness the arts and heritage district of Bugis-Bras Basah transform into an illuminated playground after the sun goes down. The 2019 edition zooms in on a special ASEAN focus that features commissions and collaborations with local and regional artists. Feast your eyes on a kaleidoscope of kinetic visuals projected onto the facades of buildings in the vicinity, including the National Museum of Singapore, the Peranakan Museum, Singapore Art Museum and more. And what’s a massive midsummer jamboree without live street performances and food?
Jimami Tofu is the award-winning debut feature film of multi-talented duo Jason Chan and Christian Lee. Set in Singapore and Okinawa, the film follows the life of a Singaporean chef working in Tokyo who falls heads over heels for the city's harshest food critic. In this edition of the SFF, watch the film come to life and engage all your senses as you taste and smell the dishes at the same time that they appear on screen. The seven-course dinner menu includes the local favourite char kway teow, along with Japanese dishes like the Okinawan braised pork belly bento, sweet potato croquette, Goya chanpuru (stir-fried bitter-melon dish) and more.
Take a good look at the masterpieces of Singaporean ceramist and performance artist Jason Lim. Contemplate showcases ceramic experimentations that weave in trivial inanimate items – think tree branches, rocks and stones – mundane things that vibrate in Jason's life. By creating sculptures that mirror and function as landscapes, the artist reminds us of the significance found in nature, hoping to evoke a sense of wonderment, reflection and contemplation.
Gain insight into Singaporean artist Zen Teh's art at her solo exhibition, Mountain Pass: Negotiating Ambivalence. Featuring photographic sculptures, mixed media installations, stone, metal assemblages and documentary videos, her works reflect her response to the environmental situation she investigated through the geomorphology and construction sites in Bandung during her residency in Selasar Sunaryo Art Space in Indonesia.
Enliven your Orchard experience with an all-new roving pop-up concept, NAO (Night at Orchard). Happening every first weekend of the month along the stretch between ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City, expect a showcase of talents across fashion, arts, dining, and music. Highlights include culinary offerings by popular brands like Old Chang Kee and Michelin-starred restaurant Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro, shopping options with the likes of up-and-coming brands such as oasis:skin and Indigo Culture, and busking performances from NoonTalk artiste Gavin Teo, One Moment of Glory winner Jill-Marie Thomas, and popular indie acts like Codie Loh, Raphael Leong and Yeo Ming Jun.
Award-winning rapper-producer Lil Jon is helming the decks at Marquee on the eve of National Day. Known worldwide for his hits like Get Low, Goodies and Turn Down For What, you can expect an adrenaline-fuelled, high-octane night with this multi-hyphenate and megastar.
As part of National Day celebrations, The Arts House is hosting a series of performances, talks and exhibitions designed to foster conversation around the lesser-known aspects of Singaporean culture. Delve deep into the architectural styles and trends of the 70s and 80s, Malay film and drama serials, and untold stories from Singapore's urban planning experts who have transformed the city's streets into a bustling metropolis.
Dance to the sounds of Toro Y Moi (aka Chazwick Bundick) as he maximise all the pleasure with his funky, psychedelic groove at The Pavilion this July. Chaz and co are set to showcase the sonic shapeshifter's ever-evolving sounds from laid-back tunes à la Blessa to guitar-heavy power pop à la the What For? album to the modern disco of Outer Peace.
Spartan race is back and it's as tough as ever. Find yourself navigating through the terrains of Bukit Timah as you take on more than 25 seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Choose between the Spartan Sprint (5km), the Spartan Super (13km), and the Spartan Beast (21km).
Celebrate all things Singapore with the country's major extravaganza – the annual National Day Parade. Feast your eyes on the signature Dynamic Defence Display with showcases of the military’s hardware and manoeuvers during the parade, plus an aerial flyby from the Air Force and a nostalgic photo montage of past year NDPs. The show itself is set to be done in a variety show format, featuring acrobatics, BMX bike stunts and a giant human LED screen created by a plethora of people. And of course, the night ends off with National Day songs including the song of the year and the much-anticipated fireworks display.