Aug 23, 2017

Survivor's Guide to Singapore Night Festival 2017 (2nd Weekend with Performances)

It's the second weekend - AND FINAL weekend - of Singapore Night Festival 2017! The past week has seen the night lights installations pop up all around the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct so if you still have not interacted with the mesmerizing light displays, you can suss out the notable ones to see in my previous post HERE.

Done? Good, because this weekend will see the culmination of the Night Festival festivities with the inclusion of numerous large-scale shows, street performances and parties! Actually, everything starts TONIGHT (24 Aug) and continues all the way to the night of Saturday (26 Aug).

So if you are planning to head down, here is the ultimate family-friendly Singapore Night Festival survivor's guide you need for this weekend!


Armenian Street Carnaval Bloc (ZONE 2)
by Bloco Singapura (Singapore)
Main Stage, Armenian Street: 25, 26 August 2017 | 7.30pm – 8.15pm
School of the Arts: 25, 26 August 2017 | 9pm – 9.20pm

From the magic of Carnaval and the vibrant spirit of Bahia, Bloco Singapura brings you all the excitement, passion and energy with their breath-taking, crowd-stopping performances. For the percussionists, don’t miss drumming master Syed Ahmad’s new breaks and phrases inspired by the rhythms of Candomble. Feel the resonance and vibrations through the floor and dance your body off! The beat stays with you long after the show is over.

Peranakan Party (ZONE 2)
by Peranakan Sayang (Singapore)
Main Stage, Armenian Street
24, 25, 26 August 2017 | 8.30pm – 9.15pm

Enjoy Peranakan songs with a modern twist, golden oldies, humorous parodies and party songs! With great music, sweet vocals, interactive fun and friendly personalities, the show brings joy and celebration to every event!

LED Juggler (ZONE 2)
by Singapore Philatelic Museum (Singapore)
Main Stage, Armenian Street
25, 26 August 2017 | 9.45pm – 10pm

Magic isn’t just for kids… join us as we bring some of the best entertainers in Singapore just for you! Watch Jimmy the Juggler as he performs some of his most breath-taking acts, a show not to be missed!

by Close-Act Theatre (The Netherlands)
Cathay Green (field opposite The Cathay)
24, 25, 26 August 2017 | 8pm – 8.30pm, 10.30pm – 11pm

This is THE headline act of Singapore Night Festival 2017.

GLOBE is a child’s perspective of the real world, where the central character creates a domain that transcends religion, esotericism and cultural traditions.

Using circus techniques, pyrotechnics, and video projection to create the visualisation of liberty and the joy of flying, GLOBE is an alienating, fairylike spectacle full of symbolism. GLOBE is presented in and around a large sphere. Props are exposed and accompanied with sound from all sides, reminiscent of a pop concert. The audience is, thus, literally part of the fantasy world created by Close-Act.

Here's a sneak preview of the show:

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SMU Campus Green
24, 25 August 2017 | 8.30pm – 12am
26 August 2017 | 8pm – 12am

Get ready for an amazing mix of eclectic styles of music, from both within our shores and beyond. Visit HERE for the 3-day performance schedule.

Night Festival Showdown (ZONE 4)
by Grapple MAX Dojo (Singapore)
The Pit, SMU Campus Green
24, 25 August 2017 | 7pm – 7.30pm, 9.15pm – 9.45pm

Pro wrestling is improvised physical theatre and storytelling through a fusion of acrobatics and combat sport. Grapple MAX Dojo takes this art out of the ring, and into an intimate, up-close environment.

With colourful, larger-than-life characters, pro wrestlers perform to maximise audience engagement, creating an interactive "fight club" experience like no other.

Journey of Time (ZONE 4)
by Flamenco Sin Fronteras, Nawaz & Friends
The Pit, SMU Campus Green
24, 25, August 2017 | 8pm – 8.30pm, 10.30pm – 11pm
26 August 2017 | 10pm – 10.30pm

Journey of Time is a performance that showcases two different dance forms – Kathak and Flamenco – coming together in an eclectic cultural dialogue with live musicians. This symphonious journey of two cultures reflects the passage of our past, present and future, celebrating the passage of time and the unique multicultural landscape of Singapore.

String Fling Puppet Show (ZONE 4)
by Frankie Yeo (Singapore)
The Pit, SMU Campus Green
25 August 2017 | 6pm – 6.45pm
26 August 2017 | 6pm – 7pm

An amazing fun-filled performance featuring exceptional talents from all over the world, such as marionette star Bruno, the juggling clown who astonishes the audience with his unbelievable stunts, but has trouble keeping his pants on, and Fuzzy-Wuzzies who have a surprise for the audience. String Fling is an engaging and interactive show, whose combination of great music, humor, and beautiful marionettes is a special treat for both adults and children.

Reprizzo Circus (ZONE 4)
by Vlad Bond (Australia)
The Pit, SMU Campus Green
26 August 2017 | 7.30pm – 8pm, 8.45pm – 9.15pm, 10pm – 10.30pm

Prepare to be captivated by the quirky and comedic charms of award-winning circus performer Reprizzo, whose juggling, choreography and command of the Rolla Bola will keep you enchanted and entertained. His combination of quirky humour, peculiar choreography, unusual equipment and unique technical skills make his performances a truly original piece of modern art with respect to the greatest circus traditions.

Lunisolar Vibes 桴鼓曦舒 (ZONE 5)
by ZingO Festival Drum Group (Singapore)
24 August 2017 | 7.30pm – 7.45pm, 9pm – 9.15pm
25 August 2017 | 7.30pm – 7.45pm, 8.30pm – 8.45pm
26 August 2017 | 7pm – 7.15pm, 8.30pm – 8.45pm

The sun and the moon have been a great influence over humanity for thousands of years. Our calendars, festivals and even words are related to them. In Chinese culture, the 23rd of August is "The End of Heat 处暑", signalling the arrival of autumn and cooler weather. This drumming performance is based on the influence of the sun and the moon in modern Singapore.

Circus Comedy Street Show (ZONE 5)
by The Annoying Brothers
SAM at 8Q Plaza
SAM Queen Courtyard
26 August 2017 | 7.30pm – 8.15pm (8Q), 9.30pm – 10pm (Courtyard)

The Street Circus Comedy Show is a wacky and energetic show combining the use of multiple circus props and comedy. Expect a versatile comedy juggling act that will amaze and entertain you!

The Annoying Brothers Fire Show (ZONE 5)
by The Annoying Brothers
SAM at 8Q Plaza
26 August 2017 | 11pm – 11.10pm

Witness the burning passion of The Annoying Brothers as they blow your mind with a spectacular fire show.


The Bulb Heads
by Sans Compagnie Fixe (France)
National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, SMU, National Museum of Singapore – Main Ground
24, 25, 26 August 2017 | 7.30pm – 8pm, 9pm – 9.30pm, 10.30pm – 11pm

As the last of the near-extinct filament bulbs, The Bulb Heads wander through the dark and invade public spaces so as not to fade into oblivion. Two roaming silhouettes topped with huge vintage-style bulbs instead of heads, struggling valiantly against their planned obsolescence. Always ready to serve, they shine brightly and light up encounters, and communicate with their audience through flickering light.

The Time Minders
by La Galerie Mobile (Australia)
SMU, National Museum of Singapore, Cathay Green, Armenian Street
24, 25, 26 August 2017 | 7.30pm – 8pm, 9pm – 9.30pm, 10.30pm – 11pm

Inspired by Salvadore Dali’s Persistence of Memory, this performance is an illuminated symphony of real working clock faces complete with nursery rhyme mouse and a cuckoo clock hat. Moving in time, the performers intrigue and urge their audience to take a moment in time with them. Be dazzled by their dials as they light up with magical LED mechanics.


Singapore Night Festival at Peranakan Museum (ZONE 2)
24, 25, 26 August 2017 | 7pm – 11pm
Free admission to the museum from 6pm – 12am

Explore the Peranakan Museum after-hours with your family and friends. Try your hands at Peranakan art with craft activities inspired by the designs and motifs from our permanent collection. Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy on Armenian Street. Watch performances that fuse the contemporary and the traditional, and enjoy all the festivities on these special nights.

Clap to the rhythm of the night!
24, 25 & 26 Aug 2017 | 7pm – 11pm
Galleries, Level 2
Clap to the rhythm of the night! Pick up one of our LED inflatable clappers, and colour in the designs inspired by our permanent collection.

Speak of the Vessel: A Glow-In-The-Dark Mural by Ripple Root
24, 25 & 26 Aug 2017 | 7pm – 11pm
Lecture Room, Level 1
Step into the colourful world of the Babas & Nyonyas and celebrate all things Peranakan in this glow-in-the-dark mural inspired by motifs and objects from our permanent collection.

Tribute to Peranakan Museum Acoustic Session
25 & 26 Aug 2017 | 9.30pm – 9.45pm
Main Lobby
Dance along to classic baba-nyonya tunes, and sing along to performances in the dondang sayang tradition. Come and serenade to classic Peranakan tunes with us at the Peranakan Museum!

A Night of Magic at Singapore Philatelic Museum (ZONE 2)
24, 25 August 2017 | 7.30pm – 12am

Magic isn’t just for kids… join in the fun as the museum brings some of the best entertainers in Singapore just for you! Witness the spectacular, funny, fast and fearless magician, Jasper who will amaze you with his unique blend of entertainment.

Drink Station
24, 25 & 26 Aug | 7.30pm – 12mn

Be Your Own Stamp Photo Taking
24, 25 & 26 Aug | 7.30pm – 12mn

Fun Quiz
24, 25 & 26 Aug | 7.30pm – 12mn

Jasper's Night of Magic
24 Aug | 8.30pm – 9pm
25 Aug | 10pm – 10.30pm
26 Aug | 9pm – 9.30pm, 11pm – 11.30pm

Jimmy the Juggler
25 Aug & 26 Aug | 10.30pm – 11pm


SMU Campus Green
24 – 26 August 2017 | 6pm – 12am

The Festival Village is back at the Singapore Night Festival with a stellar line-up of musical performances, pro-wrestling shows by Grapple Max Dojo down at the Pit and roving acts! Be ready for an amazing mix of eclectic styles of music, from both within our shores and beyond. Indulge in specially curated epicurean and shopping experiences with over 30 flea market and food and beverage stalls at Festival Village this year!


Okay, so you are ready to head down with the kids this weekend. But before you do so, here are some handy tips that will make your experience a better one.

It is always good to prep yourself by getting familiar with the area before going down. Download the festival map below or head to Singapore Night Festival's website to plan your itinerary for the night.

Click to enlarge and download

If you have limited time, stay at Zone 1 or Zone 5 where the bulk of kid-friendly activities are. There are some activities happening within National Museum of Singapore too, so pop in for some air-conditioned comfort should it get too hot outside.

The Festival Village (Zone 4) is directly opposite National Museum, which makes it an ideal location to pick up some food and drinks. Musical performances happen regularly at the Festival Village stage, with showsbeing staged at The Pit area too.

For a full blast of the Night Festival festivities, head here where the bulk of the activities will be taking place. The 3 nights will feature happening activities like a street carnival, Peranakan Party, music performances and even Open Houses at both Peranakan Museum & Singapore Philatelic Museum.

It is going to be crowded, hot and humid so be sure to dress in comfortable clothing and wear a pair of comfy shoes to prepare for the walking exercise!

For some major shows like GLOBE, there will be security checks before entering the viewing area. So if you do not want to get stuck in the long queues, head down WITHOUT a bag and you will be able to breeze through the express lane.

For sure, it will be humid so remember to let the kids drink enough water throughout the night. Beer will suffice for the adults, I reckon.


Useful Information

Singapore Night Festival 2017
Dates: 18 - 26 August 2017 | Performance nights on 24, 25, 26 Aug
Time: 7.30pm to 12 midnight
Venue: Bras Basah.Bugis
FREE Admission
Programme Schedule: (Click to enlarge)

Stay updated at Bras Basah.Bugis' Facebook page.
*For an interactive map that showcases all of the above highlights and more, visit

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