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Get im­mersed in i Light Ma­rina Bay 2017

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The school hol­i­days are fast ap­proach­ing and free ad­mis­sions to i Light Ma­rina Bay from 3 to 26 March 2017 may just be the thing vis­i­tors are look­ing for. The fifth edition of Asia’s lead­ing sus­tain­able light art fes­ti­val will con­sti­tute three dis­tinct fes­ti­val hubs – or­gan­ised by the Ur­ban Re­de­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (URA). The hubs are the Art-Zoo for imag­i­na­tive play, The Fan­tas­ti­cal World of eco.me for sus­tain­abil­ity-themed ac­tiv­i­ties and Gas­troBeats for food and mu­sic.

Art-Zoo, a fes­ti­val hub at The Float @ Ma­rina Bay, will house 11 larger-than-life­in­flat­able art in­stal­la­tions in a gi­ant play­gar­den. There will be plants, an­i­mals and ecosys­tems that rep­re­sent dif­fer­ent let­ters of the al­pha­bet, and ex­plore na­ture through the per­spec­tive of art in an imag­i­na­tive land­scape. Ma­noeu­vre through a gi­raffe maze, walk through the belly of a whale or take pic­tures with a tow­er­ing spi­der. These vis­ual ad­ven­tures prom­ise a great deal of fun for the young and young-at-heart while learn­ing more about wildlife and cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able world. Pro­ceeds from this ac­tiv­ity go to ben­e­fi­cia­ries from Stu­dents Care

Ser­vice and Fo­cus on the Fam­ily Sin­ga­pore, more de­tails are avail­able on www.art­zoo.sg.

Art-Zoo cre­ator and Cre­ative Di­rec­tor of lo­cal multi-dis­ci­plinary cre­ative agency BLACK, Mr Jack­son Tan said, “With Art-Zoo, we want to recre­ate fond child­hood mem­o­ries of vis­it­ing the Sin­ga­pore Zoo with our fam­i­lies, but adding a twist by bring­ing the zoo into the city, and com­bin­ing it with the con­cept of an art gallery. We hope that through these in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tions, vis­i­tors will be able to learn about na­ture and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity in a fun and en­gag­ing way.”

The Fan­tas­ti­cal World of eco.me

presents a myr­iad of sus­tain­abil­ity-themed ac­tiv­i­ties at The Promon­tory @ Ma­rina Bay. High­lights in­clude a re­cy­cling and up­cy­cling mar­ket­place, a ki­netic en­ergy play­ground and an ur­ban gar­den. Public can ex­plore and dis­cover some­thing new about en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity at the hub from 3 to 5 March or 9 to 12 March. Af­ter the fes­ti­val, the up­cy­cled fur­ni­ture, in­clud­ing wooden pal­let ta­bles and benches, will be made avail­able for public adop­tion to min­imise wastage and do­na­tions will go to­wards the Cul­ture Plus Fund man­aged by Global Cul­tural Al­liance Ltd.

Mu­sic, fun and food are quin­tes­sen­tial to a fes­ti­val and Gas­troBeats will sat­isfy that. Held at the Bayfront Event Space, vis­i­tors can en­joy del­i­ca­cies from food ar­ti­sans, in­dulge in some old-school fun with car­ni­val rides or put on their danc­ing shoes for a night of Silent Disco where par­tic­i­pants wear wire­less noise-can­celling head­phones to en­joy livestreamed mu­sic of their choice at the Ma­rina Bay City Gallery.

The 20 light art in­stal­la­tions will link the fes­ti­val hubs as one, themed to “Light & Na­ture”. Ma­rina Bay wa­ter­front prom­e­nade will be flooded with en­ergy-sav­ing light­ing sculp­tures or en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly ma­te­ri­als to re­minde vis­i­tor of the im­por­tance of sus­tain­able habits. For the first time, fes­ti­val­go­ers may bring home the in­stal­la­tions af­ter the fes­ti­val with a do­na­tion to­wards the Gar­den City Fund. Lo­cal artist Lee Yun Qin will be of­fer­ing 800 in­tri­cate stalks from her work, MoonFlower, made of wire mesh and lit with a so­lar-pow­ered LED buld. Each moonflower can be adopted at a min­i­mum of S$5.

Fes­ti­val Di­rec­tor and Di­rec­tor (Place Man­age­ment) of URA, Mr Jason Chen, said “We are happy to have the sup­port of many fes­ti­val part­ners and spon­sors to cre­ate mul­ti­ple touch­points where vis­i­tors can con­sider en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity from dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives. Beyond the sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence i Light Ma­rina Bay has al­ways of­fered, the fes­ti­val this year will see a stronger em­pha­sis on in­ter­ac­tiv­ity with the line-up of ac­tiv­i­ties in the fes­ti­val hubs and op­por­tu­ni­ties for vis­i­tors to con­trib­ute to mean­ing­ful causes. With the fes­ti­val tak­ing place over three weeks at Ma­rina Bay, the public can take their time to ex­plore and dis­cover some­thing new with their fam­ily and friends. Beyond the fes­ti­val, we hope fes­ti­val go­ers will re­mem­ber our sus­tain­abil­ity message and adopt more sus­tain­able habits.”

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