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Why You Must Go to the Singapore Night Festival

One thing that we expats love about Singapore, is the abundance of activities that are regularly scheduled in Singapore. From smaller fairs and picnics to the massive concerts and F1 races, there is always something going on here! This weekend is no exception. If you’re looking for something fun, (mostly) free and spectacularly Singaporean…Head to Singapore Night Festival.

Where: This annual event takes place in the Bras Bras Basah and Bugis districts with light displays, activities and performances spanning the neighbourhood. (You are encouraged to take public transportation as there will be several road closures and parking will be difficult to find.)

What: 2015 marks the eighth year it is running and this year they are featuring special performances and activities to celebrate SG50.

When: 28 & 29 Aug 2015 from 7pm – 2am

The Highlights:

  • Several museums – including the Peranakan Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum —  will remain open after hours for you and your family to explore.
  • The National Museum of Singapore will present A Little Nonya’s Dreams, by Brandon Tay (Singapore), Stéphanie Ronzon (France) and Fred Multier (France). This story tells the tale of little Nonya’s dreams coming life, Using pop-up projection mapping, taking visitors to different landscapes and worlds is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
  • Stroll along the Armenian Church grounds along dazzling paths lit with sparkling lights, glowing trees and constellations. This year’s theme is inspired by hanami – the Japanese tradition of celebrating the beloved cherry blossom trees blooming.
  • Take the kids to the National Museum of Singapore (level 3) for fun with glowing cars! Here they can push giant toy cars that leave a glowing trail as they move.
  • For photography enthusiasts, head to the National Museum for the “And So They Say” exhibition by Logue, the Raffles Photographic Society & Shang (Singapore). Video portraits of the pioneer generation will leave you feeling inspired and awed.
  • For contemporary dance performance, head to Waterloo Centre.
  • And of course, no Singapore festival would be complete without a spot to eat and shop! The SMU campus green will be transformed into the festival village with heaps of snacks and shopping stalls to please all.


There are also several ticketed performance including an improv comedy show, ventriloquist, cabaret, several musical performances and some workshops and talks about the arts.


For more details on all of these events, visit the Singapore Night Festival website.


By Kathleen Siddell, August 2015

Photo: 123rf.com

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