The Singapore Night Festival 2022 is an annual night event comprising of performances, murals, art and light ups in town. This year’s edition runs from 19- 27 Aug 2022 at the Bugis downtown area in southern Singapore. Let’s take a walk through and check out the sights.

Live jazz music performances at the Capitol plaza event space as part of the 2022 Singapore Night Festival
Live jazz music performances at the Capitol plaza event space as part of the 2022 Singapore Night Festival.

Furthermore, as the festival name suggests, the event runs at night with exhibits scattered around the Bugis, Bras Basah to Armenian Street district. Also, the festival, unlike the I-lights event we previously checked out earlier this year has a similar theme of night displays. The night festival however has more commercial and a cultural touch. Also, you do not need to visit all of them at a go to experience the event highlights.

Fort Canning explorations and Tunnel

Lit inflatable birds at Fort Canning park by the new spice garden area
Lit inflatable birds at Fort Canning park by the new spice garden area.

Moreover, a cool highlight is the Fort Canning area. It is home to a couple of light up exhibitions which runs alongside the fort canning hotel front and the rear of the SMU library. Here, you can find adorable inflatable pitstop bird sculptures bird by Tobyato.

Birds
Neon lights
City hall light-up

There are three different species on display here along the parks spice garden section. Notably, the spice garden also recently opened to the public which you could check out in the day by the Fort canning heritage gallery.

The Fort canning underground tunnel lit in a calming alien blue
The Fort canning underground tunnel lit in a calming alien blue.

Moreover, another highlight at Fort canning is the Tunnel Graffiti. Here, the tunnel is lined with rows of LED lighting and printed graffiti murals stuck on the walls.

Looking up from the bottom of the tunnel entrance
Looking up from the bottom of the tunnel entrance.

Additionally, the entrance staircase to the tunnel is popular with wedding couples as a wedding photo shoot point, give its close proximity to the registry of marriage building.

Inside the fort canning tunnel lined with neon-like lights
Inside the fort canning tunnel lined with neon-like lights.

Also, you exit the tunnel into the old park mall building (9 Penang Road) opposite the Dhoby Ghaut Green field. This Dhoby green has an event dining and live stage area.

Dhoby Ghaut Green open field with live music and a beer garden
Dhoby Ghaut Green open field with live music and a beer garden.
SMU grounds
Bouncy lights
Cathy projector

Additionally, the adjacent Cathay Green, or known as the field in front of Cathay Cinema building is home to a projector cinema. The makeshift temporary Cinema is even themed like one taking an inspiration or two from the original Cathay building façade. Notably the Cathay now counts the projector as one of the main show tenants. Also, the nearby SMU campus’s open green space by Bras Basah is abuzz with crowds and activity. Here you can find a set of lit inflatables you can bounce off on the AstroTurf.

Carnival grounds
Beer gardens
3D printed concrete text

National Museum projection show

Furthermore, the facade of the National Museum of Singapore has an impressive projection display. This projection display covers scenes of Singapore’s ancient history touching on notables such as the Singapore Stone. The projection style is similar to what we first saw from the UK during Cambridge University 800 years anniversary light up.

The projection looping animation on the exterior of the National Museum of Singapore
The projection looping animation on the exterior of the National Museum of Singapore.

Additionally, the National Museum interior galleries are opened till late during the festival though they do close earlier at 11:30pm than the advertised midnight. Notably, most exhibits are lit throughout the night. Also, notable displays here include a staircase which lights up as you climb it. There is also an outdoor 3D-printed mural, and a lit standing display with words of wisdom.

Lit text
Chimes trees
Clock tower

Other musing around the Hill street and City hall area include minor static light-up art displays. You can find some by the Land Transport Authority along Stamford road. Also, the Stamford Court clock tower features an animated projection facade.

Lit Angels at the lawn of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
Lit Angels at the lawn of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

Additionally, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd has an array of trumpeting angels light-up on their car park and lawn area. The 173-year-old church main church building is kit in red and white livery. Notably, the church underwent a major 3-year restoration and reopened on 2016.

Chimes and Armenian Street fair

Chimes main building with exterior projection animation as part of the Singapore Night Festival 2022 additions
Chimes main building with exterior projection animation as part of the Singapore Night Festival 2022 additions.

Furthermore, Chimes is known for their array of pubs and F&B nightlife. You get the usual dose of live music and light up displays here, with light decorations nicely integrated into the architecture and trees. Also, notable Night festival enhancements includes an animation video projection on the main Church building. Also, the trees here outlined with glowing tubes outlining the greenery with the compound.

Good Shepherd lit
Palimpsest LED
Carnival

Moreover, Armenian Street, where the old Substation building used to reside and the Peranakan museum are both externally lit despite being closed. Here, you can find the Palimpsest LED screen display greeting you at the start of Armenian Street. Here are also a line of carnival style tents housing food stalls, claw machines and a beer garden.

The carnival and beer garden by the Peranakan museum at Armenian street
The carnival and beer garden by the Peranakan museum at Armenian street.

Wrapping up, the Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator has a small lawn light up. Also, the National Archives Building along Canning Rise has a projection display, covering old school theatre, television and Wayang performances via a looking video complete with audio. Notably the National Archives sit beside the Singapore Philatelic Museum we visited a couple of years back. The museum today is undergoing a major overhaul into the children’s museum.

Church
National archives
Church

All in all, With the pandemic behind us, the Singapore Night festival is on now at full force as one of the notable festivals in Singapore since the easing of pandemic restrictions. Check it out before the event ends on 27 Aug 2022.

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