Singapore Night Festival is a fiesta in August besides National Day to delve the country's diverse culture. Although the former lacks exuberant fireworks, glowing art installations and electrifying performances certainly compensate that. Now in its 12th edition, this evening carnival at Bras Basah.Bugis district continues to surprise attendees with light-focused creations.
This year, Singapore Night Festival focuses a curation of works with Southeast Asian connection including folklore and traditions, as well as ideas and talents from around the region.
Eagle-eyed attendees will notice elements of The Ramayana, a famous Indian poem, at various festival offerings. For instance, The Legend of Ramayana at National Museum of Singapore’s Banyan tree. Presented as a projection by internationally renowned French group Spectaculaires, it retells the story of the Ramayana in traditional Javanese tembang (poetry). That's not all—it's accompanied with a live gamelan instrumental performance. This multi-sensory experience also marks the first time this iconic Banyan tree host both visual projection and audio performance together. The latter will be performed by local performing group Gamelan Asmaradana, from 29 to 31 August.
Besides The Legend of Ramayana, Spectaculaires will also light up the iconic façade of the National Museum of Singapore. Titled Keep Dreaming, a family-friendly showcase that captures the exploration of a whimsical wonderland.
Over at historical complex CHIJMES, appreciate an animated projection titled Waves of Time. Created as part of a collaboration between Singapore-based animation studio Chips and Toon and Australia’s The Electric Canvas, this work captures and reflects the diversity of ethnic cultures in Southeast Asia.
Elsewhere inside the National Museum of Singapore, allow your ears to pick up subtle messages at Whispers. Executed by Canadian group Light Society, an indoor hypnotic and captivating space converted from the Gallery Theatre sets the dramatic tone of this experiential installation. Encapsulated participants will feel the rise and fall of nature's prowess through both sensations and sound of the wind.
In Gallery 10 at National Museum of Singapore, internationally-acclaimed French filmmaker Luc Jacquet makes an environmental plea with Collapse!. Visitors will confront the effects of global warming through an immersive audio experience that transports one to the edge of collapsing ice glaciers in Antarctica.
Fuerza Bruta returns to headline Singapore Night Festival 2019's performance segment. The globally-acclaimed Argentinean troupe is set to repeat its previous success with another immersive theatre show. Similar to its performance in 2012, look forward to a 360-degree outdoor spectacle encompassing suspended ‘stages’, dynamic up-close-and-personal encounters, aerial acts, and plenty of confetti. It's definitely a mood booster.
Anjaneyam—Hanuman’s Ramayana, another production based on The Ramayana, sees internationally renowned Indian dance-theatre company Apsaras Arts' emotive interpretation of the folklore—specifically about Prince Rama rescuing his wife, Sita. It's a captivating depiction that pairs moving, original score with classical Indian and Javanese dance. Also, this cross-cultural production involves artists from Singapore, India and Indonesia.
In addition, keep your eyes peeled for MMO. This roving theatrical act by Singapore-based theatre troupe, Sweet Tooth by Cake, is all about spontaneity. Thus, catch their surprise performances of three ethereal characters at along Queen Street, National Design Centre and SMU Campus Green.
Singapore Night Festival 2019 happens at Bras Basah.Bugis precinct from 23 to 31 Aug. Performance nights will be held from 29 to 31 Aug. For more information, visit the Singapore Night Festival website or Facebook page.