Singapore Night Festival at the National Museum

Various Venues
7.30pm – 12am

Take a walk down memory lane with the Singapore Night Festival as it celebrates 10 magical years this August! This year’s edition will rekindle the romance and beauty of night lights and exhilarating performances, bringing back previous crowd favourites in a refreshing retrospective, while looking forward to its bright future as Singapore’s largest outdoor performing arts festival.

Convolutions by EZ3kiel (France)
18 – 26 Aug 2017 | 7.30pm – 12am
Museum Façade, Level 1

Designed as a visual poem, Convolutions combines architecture, projection, lights, laser and music in a poetic and technological ballet that will completely transform the facade of the National Museum of Singapore.

Nostos: Records of the Self by Aesop (Singapore)
18 – 20 , 25 – 26 Aug 2017 | 10am – 12am
21 – 24 Aug 2017 | 10am – 10pm
Gallery10, Level 1

Nostos: Records of the Self, an Aesop scent experience, celebrates the intrinsic link between scent and memory. The title takes inspiration from the Greek word nóstos, which signifies “homecoming” or “return”.  When paired with álgos, which means “ache”, the two words form “nostalgia” – a feeling that scent can trigger. The experience crafted by Aesop invites visitors to explore the gallery, imprinting the aroma to memory for future recollection and, at the same time, provides a sanctuary for respite and reflection.

The Tree That Blinked by Karel Bata (United Kingdom)
18 – 26 Aug 2017 | 7.30pm – 12am
Banyan Tree outside the museum, Level 1

The Tree That Blinked is a series of portraits projected onto a tree – together, they toy with notions of identity, representation and transformation. As the work moves and shifts with the wind, the portraits’ expressions seem to change, and the faces appear to undergo changes in age. The illusion can be compelling: some folks think the leaves have been individually painted. Others believe that the tree must have been trimmed into the shape of a head!

Trying to give the work any specific “meaning” is elusive, perhaps even pointless, as each viewer has his or her own interpretation. Generally, The Tree That Blinked references ideas of layered consciousness, and childhood stories of journeys into the forest.

Tessellations of Time by LiteWerkz x 3M (Singapore)
18 – 26 Aug 2017 | 7.30pm – 12am
Main Ground, Level 1

Tessellations of Time is inspired by the precious bridges between people and time, in celebration of the 10 successful years of the Singapore Night Festival. Invoking the fluctuations of coded lights and digitally fabricated pods, the work strives to create a conversation as people enter and interact with their own interpretations of the past, present and future.

Tessellations of Time was selected from SNF’s Open Call for Night Lights, which invites proposals for innovative light installations that interact with and transform the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct.

The Flower of Life and the Infinite Self by Starlight Alchemy (Singapore)
18 – 26 Aug 2017 | 7.30pm – 12am
Stamford Green, Level 2

The Flower of Life and the Infinite Self consists of two symbiotic pieces: a geodesic bamboo dome with a tessellated fabric roof resembling the flower of life, and interior walls mounted with geometrically arranged convex mirrors that form dynamic reflections of visitors as they walk around the dome. Drawing inspiration from Buckminster Fuller and M.C. Escher, this installation will present different personas during the day and at night, providing visitors with a colourful meditative atmosphere surrounded by geometry and reflections.

Roving Acts

Time Minders by La Galerie Mobile (AU)
24 – 26 Aug 2017 | 7.30pm – 8pm, 9pm – 9.30pm, 10.30pm – 11pm

The Bulb Heads by Sans Compagnie Fixe (FR)
 24 – 26 Aug 2017 | 7.30pm – 8pm, 9pm – 9.30pm, 10.30pm – 11pm

Lighting Design Forum
24 Aug 2017 | 4pm (3.5hours session)
Gallery Theatre, Basement Level

Focusing on the role of lighting design in public spaces, this year’s Lighting Design Forum covers a range of topics from the significance of light festivals to a city to the ways in which lighting design can transform neighbourhoods in the longer term through participatory planning and light pollution regulations.

Led by local and international speakers, join us in examining the impact lighting design has on our interactions and sense of place in a city.

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Family Time

Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs. Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop. For more children's activity booklets, click here.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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