National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Night Festival 2017

Singapore Night Festival 2017 Photo Taking (Part 1) | Aug 19, 2017

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.

National Museum of Singapore
Still very un-night like, at 7pm. As you can see.

Shortly before 730pm, a countdown commenced on the museum façade.

Singapore Night Festival 2017

Showtime!! According to the festival brochure, this display is titled Convolutions, by EZ3kiel.

Singapore Night Festival 2017
Singapore Night Festival 2017, National Museum of Singapore façade light show
Singapore Night Festival 2017 - National Museum of Singapore Display
Singapore Night Festival 2017: National Museum of Singapore façade light show
Singapore Night Festival 2017: Convolutions by EZ3kiel (FR)
A different angle.
Singapore Night Festival 2017: Convolutions.
I have a feeling Convolutions represents the history of the museum, though it doesn’t say so on the brochure. This fiery part could be symbolising the WWII years.
National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Night Festival 2017
Closer Up.

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.

Singapore Night Festival 2017: The Standing Men.
Android invasion?

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.

Singapore Night Festival 2017: The Standing Men.
Is he dreaming of sheeps?

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.

Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Singapore.
Church of Saints Peter and Paul.
Singapore Night Festival 2017
The one with the crackling sound.

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.

Singapore Night Festival 2017: National Design Centre.
At the courtyard. Everybody was taking pictures of this.
Singapore Night Festival 2017: National Design Centre.
Flock by KMA (UK). One of the two night lights display at the National Design Centre.
Singapore Night Festival 2017: Flock
I caught it at a bad moment. The screen actually shows two abstract figures dancing to Swan Lake.
Singapore Night Festival 2017: Flock
Back to blue.

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.



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