As Neon Lights returns for its third edition at Fort Canning Park this November, the festival will go beyond simply music acts to also present an eclectic lineup of immersive immersive arts activities and experiences. Festivalgoers can look forward to a slew of arts programmes, workshops, live art and projections from internationally renowned artistes, including Justin Shoulder’s ‘Fantastic Creatures’ and Berlin Short Film Festival award nominee Empyreal’s mesmerising ‘Liquid Galaxies’.
At the Easy Street stage, look out for deep beats from the hottest new DJs – co-programmed by Sideshow, festivalgoers will be treated to performances by some of the most sought-after local producers and musicians from a wide range of musical persuasions, including house, disco, hip-hop and and jazz. Look out for local hip-hop collective and rappers Mediocre Haircut Crew on Friday with honest lyrics and eccentric genre-bending rhythms, followed by a vibrant set by Scottish DJ Shellsuit, along with Singapore-based musician and winning percussionist Ridz.
On Saturday, two of Singapore’s hottest producers, Perk Pietrek and FAUXE will join forces to present some fresh beats, while DJ school E-TracX will be running a skratch workshop for those harbouring DJ dreams, before the acclaimed DJ Ulysses closes out the night.
Finally, on Sunday, attendees are in for a little more world music with the jazz funk rhythms of The Jazz Djogets on Sunday, while Read Bridge Dulcimer mixes Appalachian old-time American and Irish mountain tunes, before DJ Shellsuit returns for an electrifying festival encore to cap off the Easy Street performances.
But it’s not just aural pleasure – there’s plenty of visuals to indulge in as well, with Neon Nooks illuminating Fort Gate, bringing it to life with spectacular roving acts, live art performances and projection mapping, while the Asia Pacific Brewery Foundation Signature Art Prize finalist, Australian performance artist Justin Shoulder and Berlin Short Film Festival award nominee Empyreal brings her mesmerising light projection to the festival – an experiment in light and colour using organic liquids and filmed through a lens –which will transport visitors to an alternate galaxy.
Witness the Glitter Queen transform into an extraordinary sparkly PINK icon with her durational performance or shake things up with a rousing Samba display by Saodaçåo Capoeira Singapore, not to mention roving bohemian band The Lost Hat.
Even families and younger ones can take part in the activities over at Neon Fun over the weekend, presenting an array of imaginative workshops and games for the young and young at heart to dabble in and play. STPI-Creative Workshop and Gallery will be setting up two workshop stations with screen printing and marbling techniques, while Casey Chen’s unique sessions on wearable wood art where participants can take home their own creations. Pop by for Frankie Malachi’s amazing Puppet Exposé which showcases fascinating puppetry creations and shares the magic behind them, or even dance to DJ Itch’s all-vinyl Asian-inspired sets. Need a little festival fashion? Then head straight to the It Takes Balls workshop for eclectic DIY finger bracelets, before getting active with Sideshow’s various DIY Garden Games.
Says May Leong, Neon Lights Director of Partnership and Arts: “Neon Lights is a unique proposition in Singapore’s culture landscape, being a holistic celebration of arts and entertainment with a stellar music line-up at its core. We’re thrilled to have partnered with some of Singapore’s most exciting local collectives and programme partners to bring together a diverse community of artists, musicians and culture pushers to add depth to the festival experience!”
Neon Lights 2018 plays at Fort Canning Park from 9th – 11th November 2018. More information and tickets available from their website