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.