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Singapore Night Festival 2015 – 21st & 22nd August

The first weekend of Singapore Night Festival 2015 is over and completed with a huge crowd turnout on both days, 21st and 22nd August 2015. It was amazing and this showed Singapore Night Festival had grown and expanded a lot over the years since her inception eight years ago. In my personal humble opinion (from documenting and photographing eight editions of Singapore Night Festival) the Singapore Night Festival has now established itself as a modern fun arts festival that stands out for both locals and international visitors alike, something for all to come down, participate and enjoy.

When I went down after work on Friday 21st August 2015 and saw the crowds on a Friday night at Singapore Night Festival 2015, I knew it had built for herself a reputation and following as a modern arts festival in Singapore. There were lots of people visiting the Singapore Night Festival!

My first stop on 21st August 2015 was the Armenian Church, I was looking forward to view the Night Lights installation titled “Hanami” by Cie Mastoc Production from France. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of celebrating the beauty and tranquility of cherry blossoms each spring, the Amernian Church grounds provided an ideal and suitable venue for this light installation. When I was photographing the “Hanami” light installation, three interesting and brighly lighted up characters walked into the venue, some of the visitors to “Hanami” light installation were treated to a quiet sharing of whispered poem or a word on love from them, this was “Embruns De Lune” by Cie Mastoc Production.

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My next stop was Armenian Street, behind Armenan Church. People were dancing and singing at Armenian Street (Zone 2), it was lively with street and stage performances such as “The Peranakan Museum Variety Show” by The Main Wayang Co. and Singapore’s first New Orleans-style brass band entertained the crowds to a great night out.

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Walking towards Zone 1 where the National Museum of Singapore is located, I stopped at Main Ground, National Museum to photograph, Night Lights artwork installation “Drawn in Light” by Ralf Westerhof. This was another crowd attraction too, with many people taking photographs of the constantly moving artwork hanging in the air. Although I had photographed it earlier in the week during the media preview, I wanted to go back and take more photographs of this artwork from a different angle and perspective, using a different lens.

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At the iconic location, the Banyan Tree, National Museum, you can’t miss the three Big Birds on the tree above. That is the “Le Desir Et La Menace” by Cedric Le Borgne from France, it’s an interesting artwork with lighting projection on them to make it look special.

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The Anooki Celebrate Singapore is a big crowd favourite, just by looking at the number of people watching around the front lawn of the National Museum of Singapore and along the footpath across the road at the SMU campus ground. In my earlier article, I had a fun time watching them and I just had to stop by and take photos of the cute Inuits running, jumping and having fun entertaining us!

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Continuing across to Zone 4, the Festival Village at SMU, there was another huge crowd of people eating and buying food from the varous food stalls at the Festival Village, enjoying the various stage live performances. I dropped by to say hi to my friend, The Quarters, at the Festival Village! Remember to visit their food stall, taste their Durian Crème Brulee and other local fusion dishes!

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Spark! By World Beaters Music (UK) is a group of five mysterious perfectly choreographed LED-lit drummers roving and marching around the Singapore Night Festival 2015 in the Bras Basah Bugis precinct. Where the Spark went, the crowds follow them, wanting to watch them close up in action. I managed to catch them on Friday 21st August night at Armenian Street and 22nd August at the Festival Village.

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Starlight Alchemy from Singapore is another huge crowd favourite and attraction at Singapore Night Festival. I didn’t manage to catch them on 21st August and only managed to catch their second act on 22nd Angust. Due to the crowds, I was standing at the SMU campus ground, opposite SAM, using my telephoto EF 70-200mm f4 L USM lens to capture their wonderful performances!

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At the National Design Centre, in Zone 5 of Singapore Night Festival 2015, there is an lightwork installation that I really liked a lot. The artwork is titled “Pixels Wave” by Miguel Chevalier in collabration with Carolyn Kan and Depression, co-presented with Design Singapore Council. Pixels Wave is a giant light carpet with changing colours, designs, patterns and forms. Visitors to this artwork enjoyed it a lot, from their actions when they were on the “carpet floor”, taking photos, enjoying the changing and moving Pixels Wave and even chasing the Pixels Wave.

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The first weekend of Singapore Night Festival 2015 had concluded, the Night Lights 2015 are still ongoing towards the second weekend of Singapore Night Festival 2015 on 28th & 29th August, whereby the action continues to dazzle, rock, entertain and allowing the visitors to have fun at the Singapore Night Festival 2015.

During the week, you can still come down to Bras Basah Bugis precinct to visit and check out the Night Lights artwork installations! Check out my Flickr collection on Singapore Night Festival 2015 for reference!

I am looking forward to the second weekend when Theater Tol (they participated in Singapore Night Festival 2011) from Belgium arrives in Singapore for the second weekend of Singapore Night Festival 2015!


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A Bold and Beautiful Singapore Night Festival 2014

Bold and Beautiful, two key words to describe the Singapore Night Festival 2014. Ladies and Gentlemen, mark down in your calendars, the commencement of Singapore Night Festival 2014 tonight and happening over two weekends! Singapore Night Festival returns transform Singapore’s urban city landscape into a bright, colourful and dazzling playground! The Singapore Night Festival promises to dazzle the audiences and visitors with a range of interesting, fun and surprising performances and displays!

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This is the seventh edition and I have been faithfully photographing and sharing about Singapore Night Festival, my Singapore Night Festival photography collection over the years from 2008 to 2013 can be discovered here on my Flickr collection! I have seen for myself how big and better the Singapore Night Festival has grown over the past few years and I am excited looking forward to Singapore Night Festival 2014! Let me share with you some of the artists performing at Singapore Night Festival 2014 and a few key fascinating and amazing Night Lights display!

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The Singapore Night Festival 2014 headliner is William Close’s Earth Harp, that will transform the grand iconic and majestic facade of National Museum of Singapore into the largest stringed instrument in Singapore. The headliner act of every Singapore Night Festival till date since its debut always attracts a huge audience to watch their performances and this year’s headliner William Close would definitely attract a huge audience to come down and watch! For his first showcase at the Singapore Night Festival, William Close will push boundaries yet again and specially collaborate with celebrated drum group ZingO, Singapore’s very own Sound of Sirens, and Austrian-based collective Phoenix.

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Night Lights, is a crowd favourite (yes, one of my favourite too!) is also returning and be part of Singapore Night Festival. Walk around the Singapore Night Festival 2014 ground to discover and explore the various Night Lights displays! There is one amazing Night Lights display, it’s a photographic light art installation, Divine Trees by renowned French artist-photographer Clement Briend. He overlays trees with haunting mirages of divine figures highly revered in Asian culture, creating the illusion of awakened deities towering over passers-by. This is simply amazing and breathtaking, you cannot miss this photographic light art display! A tripod is highly recommended for you to take this amazing Divine Trees light art display!

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Armenian Street, will be also be transformed into an area of fun activities of performances, live music and even wrestling matches in a proper ring-and-ropes in the middle of the street! Inside the National Museum of Singapore, there is the iconic Fashion Gallery and dancers from THE ARTS FISSION Company will put on a sublime contemporary dance entitled Follies for e Birds.

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For this year Singapore Night Festival 2014, a new feature is introduced and it will strike a chord deeply with Singaporeans. The Festival Village at Cathay Green, is a specially programmed space for festival-goers to eat, drink, relax and recap the fun at Singapore Night Festival 2014! That’s not only food and drinks, there are also flea market, band performances and film screenings!

There are many many more performances and displays at Singapore Night Festival 2014, you have to come down to this amazing event, explore and have fun with your family and friends! For more information and details of the programme and performances schedule of Singapore Night Festival 2014, here are some links for you to visit –

National Museum of Singapore

– Bras Basah Bugis Precinct/Singapore Night Festival website

National Museum of Singapore Facebook Page

Bras Basah Bugis Precinct Facebook Page

Welcome to Singapore Night Festival 2014, it’s more than just Bold and Beautiful, it’s also Bigger and Better! Opening tonight on the 22nd August 2014 from 7pm to 2am, over two weekends, 22 and 23 August , and 29 and 30 August. Bring your friends, come on down to a Bold and Beautiful (and also Bigger and Better) Singapore Night Festival 2014!

** I would like to thank National Heritage Board and National Museum of Singapore for the information and details of Singapore Night Festival 2014 and also the preview of some of the artists and displays at Singapore Night Festival 2014! **  


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Singapore Biennale Closing Weekend

Singapore Biennale is drawing to a close this coming weekend of Saturday 15th February and Sunday 16th February. The Singapore Biennale journey had been a fun and interesting adventure for me, with many different photographs over the various unique, artistic, abstract and wonderful artworks by many different artists. If you haven’t visited the Singapore Biennale yet or haven’t visited all of the Singapore Biennale artworks, do come down to the various venues this coming weekend of 15th and 16th February 2014!

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There are many exciting programs lined up for the Singapore Biennale Closing Weekend, check out their Facebook Events page for more details here! For the Singapore Biennale Closing Weekend, it is Free Admission and Extended Opening Hours!

Here are some quick details attached below (from Singapore Biennale Facebook Events Page) –

Fri, 14 Feb – Sat, 15 Feb: 10am – 9pm
Sun, 16 Feb: 10am – 7pm

1. From 14 – 15 Feb, gallery opening hours will be extended to 9pm for SB exhibits at the following venues: SAM, SAM at 8Q, NMS and TPM.

2. From 14 – 16 Feb, there will be free admission to the SB exhibits at the following venues: SAM, SAM at 8Q, NMS and TPM.

3. To sweeten the deal for SB visitors, there will be free admission for all from 14 – 16 Feb to the SB parallel exhibition, “A Changed World: Singapore Art 1950s – 1970s”. This gallery will also offer extended opening hours to 9pm for both 14 and 15 Feb.

For more information on the Singapore Biennale Closing Weekend and its programmes, please visit www.singaporebiennale.org

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This is my 3rd Singapore Biennale that I attended, the memories from my three Singapore Biennale adventures can be found here in my Flickr collection! Do take the chance to visit Singapore Biennale during this closing weekend, have a fun time, viewing and enjoying the many artworks on display there at Singapore Biennale!


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A Changed World-Singapore Art 1950s-1970s

The World today is Changing, sometimes slowly, sometimes rapidly. How does Change affects a country? How does Change affects Singapore in the 19th century till today in the 20th Century? There had been so many changes in Singapore, from a sleepy fishing village to a major hub for the shipping route and today, it’s a major cosmopolitan country in the world. A Changed World seeks to explore the development of Singapore’s art scene in light of the rapid changes that took place in Singapore after the Second World War.

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Walking through the A Changed World exhibition, it was like walking into a time machine and going back in time to Singapore’s history. The beautiful and amazing artworks by the talented artists were so powerful and absorbing, visitors were able to feel the artists’ own engagement with changes in Singapore’s political, economic, social and urban landscape, and how they expressed their responses through their beautiful and mesmerising artworks. From the post-war period till the 1970s, there are over 120 paintings, drawings , prints and sculptures from the National Collection.

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When you are walking through the various artworks in the various segments such as Building A Nation, Embracing Modernism etc in the Exhibition Gallery, read the words and thoughts by the various artists that were penned down beside their works. You would be able to reinforce the words and thoughts that were put across when you are viewing their artworks. There are some artworks that blew me away, one of them is the oil on canvas painting by Lai Kui Fang, his big oil painting is on the “Construction of Sheares Bridge”. Do visit the exhibition and spot this oil canvas painting, you cannot miss it because it is not only big, it is also very beautifully painted!

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Exhibition Details

Title: A Changed World – Singapore Art 1950s-1970s

Location: National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery 2, Basement

Period of Exhibition: 25th October 2013 to 16th March 2014

Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Last Entry at 630pm)

Admission: Free

Spread the word, tell your family members, loved ones and friends! Visit A Changed World and experience for yourself the history, developments and changes in Singapore’s (political, economic, social and urban) landscapes through the eyes and artworks of the various talented artists. It’s like going back in time, walking through the timeline of Singapore’s growth and development through Singapore Arts from the 1950s to the 1970s.

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Through my photography journey over the past 25 years, I am able to appreciate the artworks, paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures that are exhibited at A Changed World – Singapore Art 1950s-1970s. Even though I failed terribly in painting and drawing back in school, over the years as I grew older, I slowly to appreciate and respect artists who produced such great and talented artworks.


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