A Friday evening at the Singapore Night Festival.
One of the great things about managing a blog is that it encourages you to do things you would normally not. Whether you have created your blog out of interest or for passive income, you start to pay attention to products and events you previously would not give a second thought to. You need to do so in order to always have something new to write about.
This is the case for me when it comes to the annual Singapore Night Festival. Now, I know about it, of course. But I have never attended any because, hmm, I always assumed it would be really crowded and touristy. Since I have both photography and travel as themes on this blog, I decided I really ought to give it a look-see this year; the blogging aspect aside, it would be great night photography practice. How did the festival turn out? Check out my photos and see for yourself.
At the National Museum of Singapore
I began the evening at the National Museum of Singapore. This has always been the heart of the Singapore Night Festival, I think, where the most breath-taking and anticipated display is. For whatever reason, perhaps my mind was still befuddled by the laser treatment yesterday, I misread the starting time and ended up early for 45 minutes. Thankfully, I managed to find a place to sit. Of note, it was hardly as crowded as I thought it would be. The weather was also pleasantly cool, due to rain elsewhere in Singapore earlier on.
Shortly before 730pm, a countdown commenced on the museum façade.
Showtime!! According to the festival brochure, this display is titled Convolutions, by EZ3kiel.
FYI, if you’re keen on seeing Convolutions in person, you need not be at the National Museum at 730 pm exactly. The display is a loop, with the countdown and a second display beginning immediately after the first. I have no idea how long the looping would continue, though, since I moved away halfway through the second session.
SIngapore Night Festival 2017 Zone 5: The Queen Street, Victoria Street Areas
Decision time. After reading the festival brochure, I realised the event areas are quite spread out, with all sorts of indoor programmes all over too. Since my priority is photo-taking, I decided I’d focus on covering as much ground as possible. Besides, most performances are scheduled for next weekend, with this week being for “night lights.” With so much to see, it’s likely I’d drop by a second or even third time.
By the way, the festival is also divided into zones, conveniently marked in different colours on the brochure. After Convolutions, I decided to proceed to Zone 5, which covers the Bras Basah roads.
First stop was the Singapore Art Museum, where there’s an outdoor display called The Standing Men by AADN of France. You know, I think these dudes whisper or something, because everybody was putting their ears against their faces. I didn’t do so, though, as they reminded me of certain science fiction movies. I decided I ought to be respectful.
Moving on, I followed the crowds and proceeded down Queen Street. Along the way was a futuristic looking installation that made a rather alarming crackling sound. Prior to this, I also took the chance to photograph Church of Saints Peter & Paul, which was all lit up and atmospheric.
At the junction of Queen Street and Middle Road is the National Design Centre, one of the “centres” of Zone 5. (The other being the Art Museum). If I remember correctly, this used to be a convent, and around 15 years ago, when I last came here, this housed a Chinese opera organisation. Anyway, it’s all modern and swanky now. There’s also a very cool-looking bar which I’m definitely going to check out one of these days.
By the way, Phosphene, one of the highlights of the festival, is at the National Design Centre. Unfortunately, there was a really long queue. I think I’d drop by on another day to visit it. Maybe this coming Tuesday or Wednesday.
That’s it for this post! Please continue to part 2, which contains pictures from the other zones of the festival.