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Singapore Night Festival

19 Aug 2022 - 27 Aug 2022
Various locations
Various timings [Please check below for further information]
Ticketing charges apply for selected programmes

Reimagine the night at Singapore Night Festival 2022 as the living spaces within the Bras Basah.Bugis district transforms into an eclectic and unexpected experience over two weekends this Aug. Watch the façade of iconic landmarks spring to life in brilliance, as familiar spaces surprise with new stories waiting to be told and animated storytellers enchant the crowd. Promising something for everyone, look forward to an exciting line-up of arts, heritage and cultural experiences brought together by partners and stakeholders in the BBB district.

Join us at Singapore Night Festival 2022 and let us take you somewhere!

The opening hours of the museum will be affected on 19, 20, 26 and 27 Aug 2022 in conjunction with the Singapore Night Festival. Last admission to galleries will be at 5.30pm. Museum will reopen at 7pm with last admission at 11pm. 

Last admission for OFF/ON exhibition will be at 10pm.

Please expect more crowds and longer waiting time for experiential programmes and galleries than usual. Kindly note that parking lots are limited and we encourage visitors to seek alternative parking arrangements in the vicinity.

 

STORIES FROM FORBIDDEN HILL BY MAXIN10SITY

STORIES FROM FORBIDDEN HILL BY MAXIN10SITY
19 Aug to 27 Aug 7.30pm - 12am
Facade, National Museum of Singapore
Free Admission

Experience a visual narrative of Singapore’s mythical origins and history dating back to the 14th century with Stories from Forbidden Hill. Let the amalgamation of ancient wall murals, nature, and national treasures spark wonder as you immerse in the beauty of the past against the backdrop of the National Museum of Singapore. The projection showcase presents significant historical locations such as the wall carvings and royal bath at Fort Canning Park, as well as the legend of Badang, of whom the earliest record can be found in the Sejarah Melayu, an important record of Malay history.

About Maxin10sity

Maxin10sity is a Hungarian projection mapping production studio established in 2014 by multi-award winning 3D mapping artists László Czigány and Andras Sass alongside Tamás Vaspöri. The company specialises in building mapping, indoor mapping, car mapping and other functions, and has participated in light festivals such as the Berlin Light Festivals 2015 - 2017, the Audi Late Light Show 2017, the LUMA Projection Arts Festival in Binghamton, NYC, and more. Their work also includes a permanent projection for the famous Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai and a monumental, record-breaking projection mapping for the Facade of the Parliament of Romania

Image: Artist’s impression, courtesy of Maxin10sity

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HAWKAPURA
LED Wall, Opposite The Salon
Free Admission

This commission by the National Museum celebrates Singapore’s first nomination to the UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity – “Hawker Culture in Singapore: Community Dining and Culinary Practices in a Multicultural Urban Context” was successfully inscribed in December 2020.

In visualising and creating various everyday and specialty dishes across generations, Singapore has proudly carved its own identity and passion centring around the subject of food. With the introduction of dedicated spaces for hawker stalls and their constant development over the years, the uniquely Singaporean hawker culture continues to remain strongly rooted in the hearts of locals.

RSCLS and MARIHADALITTLESHEEP (featuring Rene Foo) have come together for this video collaboration to paint their take on their observations of the streets. In the process of creating this piece, the artists visualise street art and food as two beings growing hand in hand as they undergo parallel changes over time. Embodying a hint of playfulness and vibrancy, the artwork aims to introduce a fresh perspective on hawker culture to audiences, highlighting the subtle similarity in the identities of the streets and its food and art.

The life-sized pushcart and the hawker apparatus on view here are an artistic salute to the street vendors who have contributed to our rich heritage and culture.

#SGNIGHTFEST BY PAN-UNITED

#SGNIGHTFEST BY PAN-UNITED
19 Aug - 27 Aug 7.30pm – 12am
Front Lawn of National Museum Singapore
Free Admission

Over 7-metres long, the #SGNIGHTFEST art installation comprises 3D-printed concrete letters specially created by homegrown concrete company Pan-United. Made with sustainable low-carbon recycled raw materials, each giant letter stacks up to 18 layers of concrete weighing at least 60 kilogrammes. The minimalist clean white concrete in daylight transforms into an exuberantly colourful delight to enjoy after dusk against the architecture of the National Museum of Singapore. Pan-United is a supporter of heritage and the arts, and has collaborated with the National Heritage Board since 2017. #SGNIGHTFEST is Pan-United’s second installation at the Singapore Night Festival.

Come pose with the illuminated giant concrete letters, and snap a photo with your friends and family!

About Pan-United
Pan-United Corporation is an Asia-based technology company catalysing change in the concrete and logistics space. A global leader in sustainable concrete technology, it takes pride in making concrete greener and stronger to decarbonise cities. Pan-United creates solutions continually to lower the embodied carbon footprint of concrete and ensure a safer world for future generations.

Image: Artist impression, courtesy of Pan-United


Solitude 3

PROJECT SOLITUDE
19 and 20 Aug, 26 and 27 Aug: 5pm – 12 midnight
On other days: 2pm – 6pm
Gallery Theatre, Basement Level
Free Admission

This immersive installation invites visitors to slow down in today’s fast-paced society and experience moments of solitude. Through the showcase, we hope viewers are able to reconnect with their sense of self and the things they may overlook in their daily lives.

PROJECT SOLITUDE: BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR AND SHARING SESSION
27 Aug | The Salon, Level 1 | 4 sessions: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 4pm (45 mins per session)

Meet the student designers behind Project Solitude in this exclusive behind-the-scenes tour and sharing session, and find out more about their design process and what inspired them.

$5 per pax for tour and sharing session. Register at snf22-projectsolitude.peatix.com.

Project Solitude was designed in 2021 by students from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and National University of Singapore, as part of a special project organised by NAFA.

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STEPS BY VICTORIA HERTEL
19 to 27 August 2022,  7.30pm – 12am
Back Stairs of NMS

As nightfall approaches, Steps (2022) powers up to illuminate the National Museum of Singapore’s glass staircase in a welcoming white glow. The motion-responsive installation is activated by the presence and movement of visitors to materialise vibrant color changes, inviting visitors to experience the energetic bond between themselves and their surrounding space. In line with the festival’s theme Rebirth, the artist creates an ephemeral, lightimmersed space that invites interaction along the Museum’s colonial facade. The installation’s participatory design employs light as a bridging element to reconnect visitors with their spatial environment and the traces they create within it.

About Victoria Hertel

Victoria Hertel is a German-Venezuelan artist whose practice merges site-specific painting and installation to create immersive experiences. Exploring the entanglement of the body, materiality and space, her work focuses on constructing distilled sensory encounters to heighten and alter our awareness of our surroundings. Hertel has been awarded the Chan- Davies Art Prize for academic excellence in her Master of Arts research and practice of Trace as energy in materialities. Her works have been exhibited in solo shows, group exhibitions as well as residencies in Germany, Spain, Austria, Poland, China, Taiwan and Singapore.

Voyage 1

VOYAGE
19 and 20 Aug: 5pm – 12 midnight
26 and 27 Aug: 2pm – 4pm, 5pm – 12 midnight
On other days: 2pm – 6pm
Glass Atrium, Level 2
Free Admission

This digital installation brings to life the botanical and zoological species depicted in the National Museum of Singapore’s William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings. Join us on a ‘voyage’ to discover the plants and animals of the Southeast Asian natural world, before continuing the journey to the museum’s Story of the Forest installation.

WE CAN NO LONGER BE STRANGERS AFTER THIS BY PERCEPTION3

WE CAN NO LONGER BE STRANGERS AFTER THIS BY PERCEPTION3
19 Aug to 27 Aug 7.30pm – 12am
Grass Patch Near Banyan Tree at National Museum Singapore

In response to the festival theme of ‘Rebirth’, We can no longer be strangers after this invites us to reflect on the shifts and changes we have had to adapt to, the lessons we have learned, and what it means to transition to a post-pandemic life. Featuring two sets of texts on reflective panels, placed side by side in the green space, the work is envisioned as a ‘memorial’ of this moment in time:

WE CAN NO LONGER BE STRANGERS AFTER THIS
WE ARE BOUND IN THIS DREAM TOGETHER

Encouraging viewers to think about their shared and interconnected experiences, the work is a poetic invitation to reflect critically on our collective narratives of resilience, solidarity and transformation as we contemplate what lies ahead - the uncertainties that persist, what we would need to do, and how we might need or rely on each other.

About the Perception3
Perception3 is an interdisciplinary art duo founded in 2007 by artist and writer Regina De Rozario and design practitioner Seah Sze Yunn. Their collaborative practice focuses on exploring the notions of loss and memory in the wake of Singapore’s transformation of its city spaces. Through their work, they point to the relationships encountered between the self and city, and how narratives and art may play a role in shaping what is to be forgotten and remembered. Their works are expressed primarily through text, photography, digital video, and site specific installation, and have been collected and showcased in Singapore and Internationally.

Image: Artist impression, courtesy of Perception3

Family Time

Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs. Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop. For more children's activity booklets, click here.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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