Singapore Night Festival 2013

Night Festival 2013

We are fans of the Night Lights ever since we walked into it back in 2011. (Who can forget the gorgeous luminous jellyfish at Singapore Art Museum?)

This year, we wondered if we were going to be able to find the time to go down, but on Friday evening, we closed shop at Small And Able, and then walked right over to Armenian Street. We walked into an unexpected scene – the road was in the process of being closed, Dawn Fung was up on an open-air stage right outside The Substation, there was a food truck (with a friendly cow mascot who flashed victory signs at anyone!) and an alley where people were congregating (there was an art installation and a stall with traditional Malay snacks). We ran into the Peranakan Museum for some aircon and to take in a bit of history. There was a light show in one of the rooms, and most interestingly, there was Luminous Depths by Lee Mingwei. You’d hear something crashing every once in a while, and that’s because the Luminous Depths installation works by having patrons pay a small sum for a ceramics piece, which is then hurled from the third floor through the installation.

The artist hopes the act will inspire visitors to think about objects, memories and how they are preserved. The shards will probably be reused, and the proceeds will be used to purchase something new for the museum.

And on we walked.

We walked on to National Museum of Singapore and were greeted by a beautifully lit banyan tree and then, performers suspended from a crane. We snuck into Food for Thought for some food, before continuing to explore the various exhibits in NMS. It felt so good to be taking a walk like this, and by now, many more people had arrived, and despite the jostling, I was happy that Singaporeans have something to do and see other than in a shopping mall.

That night, our feet brought us to Singapore Art Museum, Supermama @ 8Q, and then back to the shop (with a brief stop along Stamford Road for food and drink).

We think the Night Festival is a good chance to get out there, take a walk, and admire our pretty city.

The festival map can be found here.

A Bit Of The Infinite Web: lilreddotfolks

(Psst. The good people at lilreddotfolks recently approached us for a feature, which can be found here.)

We recently learnt of lilreddotfolks. They do features of creatives/ entrepreneurs based in Singapore, and the photographs are of the featured person(s) in their personal or work spaces.

We love the styling of the shots, and of course, the chance to have a peek into the lives of others. Other than good photos, the features also include a Q&A. So, now we know that a local entrepreneur has seven (!) cats, and that Jeffrey Koh of Flabslab has a collection of unusual things.

lilreddotfolks

(Above screenshot is of the home page of LRDF.)

Everything But The Brain: In The Flesh

Everything But The Brain

We read the play in book form and while you can put down a book and/or not allow the written page to overwhelm you, we were not quite able to turn away from the characters on stage, or to stop the tearing.

EBTB is a story of Elaine, a Physics teacher, who is dealing with the aftermath of her father’s transient ischaemic attack. It is a countdown of her father’s last months, and you watch as Elaine come up with a plan to stop time, but physical therapy, routine, and another stroke take over, and before long, the end is near. There are three fictional bears who add comic relief (we especially love Chorus A), and a distraction in the form of a young doctor who may or may not be Elaine’s romantic interest. The play moves along quickly, which is an allegory for the time that Elaine does not have. It is powerful and heartfelt, and we (and our tissues) thoroughly enjoyed EBTB.

The set was strangely sparse for what one would imagine would be required, but the set designer’s use of the chairs, and light and sound, make for very adequate scenes. Another aspect that delights us is the program booklet. It is in the form of a patient’s case file, and while simple, it ties in very well with the play.

Everything But The Brain

The play’s first run was in 2005, and the 2013 run is over already. Should they stage it again, and you haven’t already seen it, do try to catch it.