Nocturnal Extravaganza in Night Festival, Singapore

We were fortunate to attend the 9th edition of Night Festival in Singapore. For 2 consecutive weeks every August, SG Night Fest transforms the Bras Basah street into a nocturnal extravaganza.

The 5 zones across Armenian Street, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, Cathay Green & Singapore Management University are swamped with night owls.

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Singapore Art Musuem: Mesmerizing Light Effects

Free Things to Do During Night Festival

1. The Armenian street is blocked for pedestrians to enjoy the live street and music performances from various renowned artists. Year over year, the light and sound show at  Singapore Art Museum & National Museum of Singapore exceeds the expectations of the crowd.

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Light and Sound Show at National Museum of Singapore

2. This year, Close Act, a street theater company, rocked the stage combining various arts forms include dance, music and stunts. Close Act was established in early 1990s and are renowned for their magical and hypnotic performances.                         img_0289Their performance was best suited to engage the hyper-excited crowd as they featured massive mobile creatures and extraordinary air objects. These gigantic animals emerged from anywhere in the crowd pumping the adrenaline up as they passed through.

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Close Act was One of the Best Street Performances that I have Seen!

Their costumes were so vibrant and their appearances were very distinctive. There were fire performers and drummers in silver costumes with scintillating makeup that captured my attention every now and then.                          img_03323. Another attraction is the Peranakan Museum that has a free entrance during this fest. Here, one can see Singapore’s art, heritage and culture in a very different light. Long ago, given the geographic location, Southeast Asia attracted traders from all over the world who eventually married the locals and settled here giving rise to the Peranakan culture.

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Ornamental Silver Utensils from Peranakan Era!

This museum is one of its kinds and represents the Peranakan culture in its true form. The museum has 9 galleries that cut across the weddings, language, lifestyle, rituals, food and festivity and pretty much everything you would crave to know about the Peranakans. I loved the prints and vibrancy of their clothing. Something very hard to find now.

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Wondering What This Is? This Table Mat is Hand Woven from Very Tiny Beads of Various Colors! Look Closer!

4. Two blocks away, the street opens into Singapore Management University (SMU), which has lots stalls of authentic local cuisines and a lot of beer counters for a perfect evening!  We ended our day with sumptuous dinner and some cheerful music!

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Good Food and Great Ambiance! What More Would You want?

The street and music performances by local and international artists mesmerize the people. The joy of sitting on bean bags and enjoying live music under the sky is an incredible experience.

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Live Performance by a Local band in Singapore! 

What’s interesting about the Night Festival is that both consecutive weekends have very distinct performances. To my sadness, we could go only on one weekend. Next time around, I would love to attend all four days. What a lovely end to an amazing experience!

Have you attended any carnivals or night festivals. Share them with us.

 

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. This looks like so much fun! So many great free things to do and see.

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  2. Krystal says:

    That is certainly a fun and exciting night out! I would like to visit one day.

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  3. toughcookiemommy says:

    This festival looks like so much fun. I love all the props and lights. It must be magnificent to witness this event at night.

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  4. Whoa! That is beautiful! I had no idea this existed. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  5. The colors are just so stunning how could you take your eyes off them? I have only left the U.S. once to go to Mexico for my honeymoon, so I would love to travel to Singapore. Super fun. 🙂

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  6. Kiwi says:

    What a review! I am all about festival and this makes me want to go to Singapore even more!

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  7. Omg this looks like one awesome festival!!!! I wish the town I lived in had more fun festivals like this one!

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  8. I’ve always wanted to visit Singapore and now I have a reason to go! This looks beautifully fun! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. GlamKaren says:

    What an amazing event – love all the art and colorful costumes! And – love how they block off the street for pedestrians! So smart… I wonder why others dont do that?

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  10. Debra says:

    Wow, the pictures are great and it looks like such a fun event. Singapore looks like a great place.

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  11. Singapore’s Night Festival looks like a cool event. I’ve yet to visit Singapore but am headed there next year. 🙂 I love finding carnivals and festivals in the cities I travel to. It’s a fun way to take part in the local culture.

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  12. What a fun outing at nighttime in Singapore! It looks colorful and lively. A great place to visit I’m sure.

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  13. reesann723 says:

    Wow what a great way to spend the night! My family loves seeing things like this. Thanks for the first hand view since I will probably never get to Singapore.

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  14. Jessica says:

    Photos are simply delightful and sharing and allowing to experience Singapore’s culture.

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  15. Ana De-Jesus says:

    I love that not only is it free but it also celebrates culture which I think is important for any nation or society . A beautiful parade.

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  16. Amanda Love says:

    Traveling doesn’t always have to be expensive! I’ve always been curious about what to do in Singapore during the night! I think these are awesome, thanks for the list of activities!

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  17. planningthemagic says:

    I’m loving the Close Act it looks just like maleficent. The free things seem like a great time!

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  18. Fantastic photos, and I loved seeing the colorful parade. It is fun to see events from another side of the world.

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  19. This sounds like so much fun!! The Close Act is amazing and I hope to see them one day! I love festivals and I’ll have to add this one to my travel list!

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  20. Singapore is such an awesome place to visit! Thanks for sharing more about its culture there. The museum looks incredible.

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  21. All the pretty colors are what make this amazing to me. I would love to visit Singapore some day. I want to visit all the places in the world that I can. That’s my bucket list.

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  22. Jean says:

    This sounds amazing! And so much to do for free 🙂

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