The end of the month will see the return of i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition, bringing with it a curated mix of over 20 programmes alongside 33 light art installations. As an anchor event to kick-start the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration in 2019, the Festival is set to connect people across generations through shared experiences, delectable food, delightful music and immersive play, while promoting awareness about sustainability and the evolution of our city through time.
Spanning more areas than ever before, the festival spreads across Marina Bay, the Civic District, Singapore River and Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park, featuring five distinct programming hubs for festival-goers looking for a fun, engaging and unique experience as they traverse Singapore’s iconic waterfront – bridging old and new Singapore along the Festival route.
Hosting the light art installations for the first time, the historic Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park will welcome visitors with a musical experience, as the National Parks Board presents Festival at the Fort @ i Light Singapore. Programme highlights include acoustic music acts and special piano showcases by local talents, roving performances, movie screenings and guided tours of the historic Fort Canning Hill led by fellow heritage lovers.
As Asia’s biggest sustainable lights festival, The Lawn @ Marina Bay will be transformed into Eco Lawn @ i Light Singapore, where environmental sustainability, fitness, and social good come together. Visitors can join local environmental social enterprise Terra SG to try their hands at a diverse range of upcycling workshops, or go on an ecologically-responsible shopping spree at the Sustainable Lifestyle Market. Alternatively, they can also choose to embrace a sustainable healthy lifestyle by joining the yoga and fitness activities under the beautiful City Gazing Singapore light art installation.
Adding to the festivities, families and friends can gather at Camp Kilo @ i Light Singapore at Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza to enjoy eclectic groovy beats by resident DJs, engage in warm conversations and indulge in hearty outdoor grilled food served on biodegradable food ware.
For those looking for a little more excitement, Prudential Marina Bay Carnival @ i Light Singapore at Bayfront Event Space continues to run with 50 thrilling rides and games from around the world, complete with entertaining programmes and performances set to turn the precinct into a LED-lit, vibrant playground. Students from various performance groups of the Republic Polytechnic will be playing their part in enlivening our public spaces as part of the Festival programme across various spots at Marina Bay on 2nd February as these students captivate festival-goers with their delightful showcase of percussion music, hip hop dances and martial arts.
Visitors are invited to Transporta at Esplanade Park to explore multi-dimensional, kaleidoscopic spaces and embark on a fantasy adventure that redefines logic and reality. This unique experience revolving around the space-time continuum of the universe is designed by a group of Singaporean multimedia designers and artists based on the Festival theme of ‘Bridges of Time’.
The signature Switch Off, Turn Up campaign, held in conjunction with the Festival, will continue to rally corporations and building owners around Marina Bay and beyond to switch off non-essential lighting and turn up their air-conditioning temperatures to save energy. This year, the Festival will also support the movement by Straw Free Singapore to encourage the reduction of single-use plastic straws at the food and beverage establishments around the bay.
Says Festival Director Mr. Jason Chen: “In addition to the sustainable light art installations curated for the Festival, the dynamic programme line-up aims to enrich the festival experience, and encourage the adoption of sustainable practices through fun and engaging activities. In particular, we are heartened by the strong support from the local community and talents to co-present this special Singapore Bicentennial edition of the Festival for the public to come explore and enjoy the city, and join us in promoting the sustainability cause. We look forward to welcoming everyone at i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition.”
i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition will be held from 28 January to 24 February 2019, 7.30pm to 11pm daily with extended hours to 12am on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free. Visit www.ilightsingapore.sg for more information.