Back for its fourth year, Night Festival 2011 invites you to embark on a nocturnal maritime voyage through the civic district!
By Penny V & Penny K
Back for its fourth year, Night Festival 2011 invites you to embark on a nocturnal maritime journey through the civic district. Themed “Voyage”, this year’s festival is a celebration of our vibrant cultural city.
Voyage is at once a tribute to our pioneering forefathers and the fantastical sea journeys that have bestowed on to us a varied history and heritage.
What to expect
The various performances and installations peppered across the civic district, which range from song and dance to sound and art, form a multi-sensorial voyage that evoke feelings of hope and discovery.
Voyage Night Festival 2011 will also see the debut of Night Lights 2011, presented by the Singapore Art Museum. It will see the magical transformation of the Bras Basah district into a realm of flight and fancy with seven light installations.
Through confluences and cultural crossings, Penny navigates you through the highlights of Night Festival 2011!
National Museum of Singapore
Corazon de Angeles in Paradise (Heart of Angels) is a romantic and flirty outdoor performance that communicates with music, dance, film, acrobatics, live performance and pyrotechnics. This outdoor aerial performance by Belgian theatre company, Theatre Tol, transports you to a fascinating dream of matrimony and cultural unity. Look out for images of Old Singapore that provide a cinematic backdrop and a poem that will be scattered by the performers. Don’t miss this extravaganza!
Soundwalk by Simone Merli, Kamran Sadeghi & Dug Winningham
Fri 26 Aug & Sat 27 Aug, 7pm, 9pm & 12:15am
A New York-based international sound collective, Soundwalk presents sonic frescoes that create an audible journey of the mythological Ulysses in the Mediterranean, of ordinary men toiling in the Persian Gulf and the intersecting waves from the Strait of Gibraltar. Taking place in the museum’s exhibition gallery, it is dark except for the videos shot by director, John Elton. Spine-tingling, it reaches into you and drowns you with ethereal sounds, waves crashing and music that makes you feel lost at sea.
Installation continues till 16 Sep 2011, 10am – 6pm daily.
Roving around the SMU grounds, Shape of a Dream is a fun theatrical and imaginative journey of pilgrims, island natives and creatures. It is a visually engaging, dramatic and symbolic tale inspired by historical characters like Zheng He, Vasco da Gama and Marco Polo. Just think of light installations, colorful costumes and energetic dances marrying into an interactive adventure.
Meaning “coming home” in Georgian, The Shin introduces you to rich musical traditions filled with soaring vocals and wild dances of joy. The Shin’s musical journey is a melting pot of jazz scat, funk and fusion along with Ravel and Shakti. The Shin’s joyous and humourous performance with its heady mix of tradition and culture will keep you cool and smiling under the night sky.
Night Lights 2011
Fri 26 Aug to Sat 3 Sep, 7:30pm
Held in conjunction with Nuit Blanche Paris, Night Lights 2011 is a nine-evening outdoor showcase of spectacular light installations that take place with very simple technologies. It ranges from a nest of luminous jellyfish to a school of magical fish, gigantic table lamps to architectural light distortion.
Fri 26 Aug & Sat 27 Aug only, 7pm & 11pm
Night Ride features late night activities and exclusive performances by local fusion bands such as the Armenian Heritage Ensemble and Ethnic Asia. It also features the likes of a Chinese shadow puppet show and drawings of a sand painter.
The Substation’s programme includes a diverse range of contemporary and experimental film, dance, performance art and of course music. It addresses the themes of migration, travel and inter-culturalism from regional and local perspectives.
Voyage Night Festival 2011 is presented by the National Museum of Singapore with Singapore Art Museum, Peranakan Museum, The Substation and Singapore Management University.
During the festival enjoy free admission to:
National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum & SAM at 8Q
26 – 27 Aug & 2 – 3 Sep
7pm – 2am
Peranakan Museum & The Substation
26 – 27 Aug
7pm – 2am
- Take a look at their Festival Guide for more information.