What to do dur­ing the Na­tional Day pe­riod

The iconic Sin­ga­pore Night Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates a decade of Sin­ga­pore her­itage, arts and cul­ture with light in­stal­la­tions and per­for­mances. By

Time Out Singapore - - Inside - Michelle Ng Xue Qi

WHEN THE SUN SETS OVER

the city this month, a car­ni­val rises in the form of the Sin­ga­pore Night Fes­ti­val. Street per­for­mances, In­sta­gram­wor­thy light sculp­tures, and art in­stal­la­tions both mon­u­men­tal and in­ti­mate turn the sleep­ing city into a hot­bed of cul­ture from Au­gust 18 to 26. So load up on cof­fee – you’ll want your eyes wide open for this.

Set to the theme of ‘Ten Mag­i­cal Years’, this year’s Night Fes­ti­val is an­chored by ma­jes­tic – and in­ter­ac­tive – light in­stal­la­tions. Snap a few for the ‘Gram, then ex­plore the rest of the fes­ti­val grounds, which stretches from Ar­me­nian Street all the way to the Na­tional Mu­seum of Sin­ga­pore. The mu­se­ums in the area are com­ing alive, too, with psy­che­delic video pro­jec­tions trans­form­ing their façades into works of art. And from Au­gust 24 to 26, mu­si­cians, ma­gi­cians, ac­ro­bats and even pro­fes­sional wrestlers will roam the streets.

With so much hap­pen­ing at the same time, we pick out six high­lights you won’t re­gret catch­ing.

The Flower of Life and the In­fi­nite Self

Mu­si­cians, ma­gi­cians and ac­ro­bats roam the streets

This im­mer­sive art in­stal­la­tion by multi- dis­ci­plinary per­for­mance arts group Starlight Assem­bly wel­comes you aboard a jour­ney to in­fin­ity. In a bam­boo dome de­signed to re­sem­ble the ‘flower of life’ (a geo­met­ric pat­tern of re­peat­ing cir­cles), con­vex mir­rors are ar­ranged to pre­sent an il­lu­sion of end­less space. Re­flect on your­self – lit­er­ally – as you step through this MC Escher-es­que in­stal­la­tion.

The Art of Pole

There is no deny­ing the grace and flex­i­bil­ity of pole dancers. Stu­dents and in­struc­tors of The Brass Barre stu­dio are

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