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6 Highlights To Catch At This Year's Singapore Night Festival

It's more than just pretty lights.

Singapore’s premiere after-dark extravaganza is back – yeah, we’re talking about the Singapore Night Festival – for what is now its 11th edition from 17 – 25 August at the usual Bras Brasah precinct. Over the years, the marquee festival has given us plenty of memorable moments but after a decade, it’s starting to feel a little predictable.

Which is why this year, the programming’s taken on a bent towards cross-disciplinary collaborations roping in non-creative fields such as tech and engineering. “This diverse mix has resulted in some very exciting collaborations this year, and showcases the festival as a platform where people from all walks of life are able to come together to celebrate, experience and contribute to the arts,” says festival director, Angelita Teo.

A commendable effort to be sure. Here, we highlight six acts to look out for:

Automatarium | David Berga
If you’re a stickler for the glamour and jazz of earlier eras, don’t miss out on Automatarium – it’s inspired by the fairground attraction of coin-activated automatons commonly seen in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The very real performers will be mimicking those life-like automatons, portraying elements of comedy, the circus, magic, storytelling, song and miming. Queen Street (SAM Courtyard) 23 – 25 August 2018 | 8.00pm – 9.00pm; 10.00pm – 11.00pm Su a Feu | Deabru Beltzak x MOTUS
Expect a host of otherworldly creatures performing a riotous dance complete with various instruments and pyrotechnics to music from all over the world. It should be quite the visual and aural feast, so look out for it. Cathay Green 23 – 25 August 2018 | 7.51pm – 8.21pm; 9.21pm – 9.51pm Light Wave | Max Lab Pte Ltd
An installation featuring a series of light rods suspended above a pool, the work is inspired by the phenomenon of how energy is transmitted. But more than just a pretty picture, the work is interactive – manipulating a control mechanism allows you to affect the wave motion and its frequencies. Reflection Pool above Bras Basah MRT 17 – 25 August 2018 | 7.30pm – 12.00am The Duel | Lords of Lightning
This is my personal pick of the lot – two performers will be duking it out using multi-million jolts of electricity. From the looks of it, the performers are clad in protective suits that somehow generate the “shards of lightning” using magnetism – it’s a spectacle to be sure. If you’ve ever wondered how an X-Men fight might take place in real life, this might be your best bet… Cathay Green 23 – 25 August 2018 | 7.45pm – 7.51pm; 9.15pm – 9.21pm; 10.30pm – 10.36pm FierS à Cheval | Compagnie des Quidams
A dream-like scene of phantasmagoric horses brought to life by performers, this one is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with its weirdly enticing sequences. National Museum of Singapore to Campus Green 23 – 25 August 2018 Route 1 (Capitol Singapore): 7.45pm – 8.15pm Route 2 (NMS – SMU Campus Green): 9.15pm – 9.45pm Route 3 (SMU Campus Green – Queen Street): 10.30pm – 11.00pm Graffiti Alive | Arup Singapore
Even if graffiti isn’t usually your thing, you’ll want to check out this installation. Think of it as the next step up from the usual wall projections – special lights, activated by motion sensors, will play up various parts of the murals – so in effect, you’ll be responsible for the theatrics. Alley of Armenian Street 17 – 25 August 2018 | 7.30pm – 12.00am