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River Nights Festival 2015

Asian Civilisations Museum 23 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 7pm till late (23 & 24 Oct) Free admission National Arts Council, National Parks Board, Singapore RiverOne, Hermès
River Nights 2015

River Nights is back this year, bigger and better! Join us for the opening weekend on 23 and 24 October, from 7pm till late. Illuminations continue until 31 October.

In celebration of Singapore River Festival, Empress Place and Boat Quay become your creative playground to relax and play the night away. Enjoy night-time extravaganzas involving installations by local and international artists, a colourful façade light show, and a host of live outdoor performances by the historic Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall.

River Nights celebrates the Singapore River’s changing identity through the years – from vital trading artery in the colonial past to the current magnet for locals and visitors, drawn to its history and the colourful nightlife after sunset. 

Hashtag us at #acmsg and #RiverNights.

Download the River Nights 2015 Festival Guide here.

Festival Schedule

River Nights 2015 - Schedule

Download the festival guide for more information.

Performances

Frontier Danceland(Photo by Bernie Ng)

WHITE NOISE BY FRONTIER DANCELAND (23 OCT, 9PM)
Organised by National Arts Council

Experience contemporary dance under the stars at the lawn outside the historic Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall. Performed by Frontier Danceland, White Noise is about the joints and ruptures in a group; a contagion of physical ideas clicks together and breaks apart. Patterns emerge, are interrupted and subverted. The work is about isolation, intimacy, consequences, and failures. The individual voice heard amongst the collective clatter.

This piece is created by Australian choreographer, Stephanie Lake.


Nadi Singapura

ROVING PERFORMANCE & DRUM CIRCLE BY NADI SINGAPURA (23 & 24 OCT, 7PM)
Organised by National Arts Council

In a feast of energy and improvisation, Nadi Singapura will parade and perform on Malayan drums and percussion instruments, including the kompang, hadrah, jidur and gong. Visitors can take part in a giant drum circle to share in rhythms and grooves of the region. Nadi Singapura welcomes enthusiasts of all ages, as well as anyone who wishes to participate, to experience this unique vibrant drumming style!


T’ang Quartet(Photo by Olivia Cruciata)

MUSIC, MOVIES & MAGIC BY T’ANG QUARTET (24 OCT, 9PM)
Organised by National Arts Council

“A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” –Leopold Stokowski, Conductor

In Music, Movies & Magic the T’ang Quartet will weave an exquisite aural atmosphere around the short, silent film classic, The Haunted House (1921), by Buster Keaton. Silent film music composer Baudime Jam has created original accompaniment that is sure to take you back to a magical time.


OTHER PERFORMANCES

SAILING PAST BY JONATHAN LIM (23 & 24 OCT, 8.15PM & 10.15PM)

ACM River Nights 2015 - Sailing Past

Bring a comfortable pair of shoes on this unique walking tour of the Singapore River! Returning for a second year at River Nights, visitors reunite with the colourful characters of Sailing Past by Jonathan Lim. Travel back in time with a satay seller and a popular songstress from the river’s past. To you, it is 2015. To them, it is June 1930.


FLAME OF THE FOREST (23 OCT, 10PM)

ACM River Nights 2015 - Flame of the Forest

Wind down the week on the Empress Lawn with the refreshing sounds of independent fusion band Flame of the Forest. Their repertoire includes originals such as “Marimba Dance” and a unique, instrumental take on “Final Countdown”.

Their setlist includes: Marimba Dance, Fly Over the Moon, New Moon, Running Waters, We Speak No Americano, Final Countdown.


NEW OPERA (23 OCT, 10.30PM)

New Opera: Rebecca Li and David Charles Tay in Die Fledermaus

River Nights closes on Friday with a dazzling repertoire by New Opera, including a rendition in Mandarin of Habanera from the opera Carmen, and other pieces such as Una Furtiva and Les Oiseaux. Making the arts more accessible to the public, New Opera’s performance adds colour to the tribute to the history of Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall.


VOCALUPTUOUS (24 OCT, 10PM)

Vocaluptuous

Spend your Saturday night with a series of eclectic, funky yet nostalgic tunes from Singapore’s premier a cappella group singing classics, from “Selamat Datang ke Singapura” to “Home”, punctuated with the smooth sounds of “Beyond the Sea” and “Sugar”.


ZINGO (24 OCT, 10.30PM)

ACM River Nights 2015 - ZingO

River Nights closes on Saturday with a heart-thumping ending from local percussion professionals, ZingO, in a festive explosion of energy and colour. “Dream Big, Drum Loud” –the group’s motto permeates the closing performance with ambition and energy that is sure to create a night to remember.

Installations

As part of River Nights, enjoy relaxing evenings by the Singapore River with thoughtful, atmospheric local and international art installations. Illuminations start from 23 Oct and continue until 31 October.

[Announcement] The installations "Ocean of Flowers" and "160" are closed from viewing, as they are undergoing maintenance. We welcome you to visit it again from 28 Oct (Wed) onwards. Thank you.


DELIGHT BY YVES MOREAUX

Show time every 30 minutes, from 7.15pm onwards. Last show at 9.45pm (from 27-29 Oct) and 10.45pm (for 30 & 31 Oct). 

With the Asian Civilisations Museum and Singapore River as a backdrop, Yves presents an imaginative, colourful lightshow inspired by the museum’s collection and Singapore’s multicultural heritage. Be the first to catch his exclusive work for the ACM at River Nights!

Delight by Yves Moreaux

About the artist

Yves Moreaux explored the mediums of painting, photography, and digital creations before starting Darlaluz in 2004 to create monumental architectural light works. He works with photons, pixels, and painting, and explores the possibilities of light screens, optical effects, and photo and video projections.


160 by Pierre & Joël Rodière / Trafik

160 BY PIERRE & JOËL RODIÈRE / TRAFIK, PRODUCTION BY TETRO

Currently undergoing maintenance. Installation will be ready for viewing from 28 Oct onwards. 

Viewing times: 7pm to 10pm (28 & 29 Oct); 7pm to 11pm (30 & 31 Oct).

160 is an interactive light and sound installation consisting of 160 light bars covering an area of about 60 meters. The public can take ownership of the space by playing with the light and sound to create a visually stimulating and sensory experience. This captures attention, and echoes a fleeting moment from the vibrant rhythm of life alongside the Singapore River in the not-too-distant past.

About the artist

TRAFIK specializes in punchy graphic and multimedia development. From paper to pixels, TRAFIK presents visual and graphic art creations and interactive artistic experiences designed for participation and creating uninhibited, fun, and unique projects. TETRO focuses on innovative and leading-edge cultural content, producing and circulating its artistic, digital, luminous, and monumental projects around the world.


Ocean of Flowers by Li Hongbo

OCEAN OF FLOWERS BY LI HONGBO
(Open for viewing during museum hours)

Currently undergoing maintenance. Installation will be ready for viewing from 28 Oct onwards. 

Viewing times: 10am to 7pm (28 & 29 Oct); 10am to 9pm (30 Oct); 10am to 11pm (31 Oct). 

Li Hongbo's paper sculptures breathe fresh air into traditional Chinese arts and craft. Li transforms his medium, paper – one of the key inventions of Chinese civilisation – through deconstruction and reassembly. In doing so, he draws attention to the hidden essence of an object's existence. Ocean of Flowers presents a sprawling landscape made of thousands of brightly coloured 'flowers'. When flattened, they are revealed as weapons such as bullets, handguns, and AK 47’s. Offering a platform to reconsider current ideologies and to rethink the familiar, the work speaks of power, peace, destruction and beauty.

About the artist

An editor and designer, Li Hongbo became fascinated by traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations made from layers of thin glued paper. Li plays with the appearances and connotations of paper, a material that provides him an endless source of inspiration and interpretation.


Les Voyageurs by Cédric le Borgne

LES VOYAGEURS BY CÉDRIC LE BORGNE

Viewing times: 7pm to 10pm (27 to 29 Oct); 7pm to 11pm (30 & 31 Oct).

This installation of larger-than-life human figures made of chicken wire invites dreamy wonder. The transparency of the material, when teamed with lighting, imbues these sculptures with a special, ephemeral quality. The artist sees them as a subtle and transient connection between sky and earth, between dream and reality. The work invites contemplation and meditation by questioning the unexpected, fleeting emotions one experiences.

About the artist

Cédric Le Borgne’s works invite contemplation, mediation, and questioning. They often elicit surprise. Sculptures made of chicken wire, photo and video work, installations, spontaneous performance, street-art, web-art – his work is free of formal constraints.


Walter by Dawn NgCaption: Mirror Mirror (48 Circuit Road)

WALTER BY DAWN NG

Viewing times: 7pm to 10pm (27 to 29 Oct); 7pm to 11pm (30 & 31 Oct).

Walter was conceived as a project to draw attention to commonly-overlooked and overfamiliar spaces. By popping up, guerrilla-style, across Singapore's landscape of flats and heartland enclaves, Walter reinvigorates spaces and delights passersby. At Empress Place, we hope that Walter will interact with the old colonial buildings, inspiring thoughts of art and history, the old and the new.

About the artist

With a background in studio art and journalism, Dawn Ng spent 10 years across Singapore, Paris, and New York straddling art, design, and advertising. She has worked in many mediums, motifs, and scales ranging from collage, photography, illustration, light, and installation.

Partners' Programmes

Hermès

Little Room of Wanders by Hermès

From 23 October to 13 December 2015

For more informationa, visit: lfe.hermes.com.


Little Room of Wanders by Hermès


Singapore River One

SINGAPORE RIVER FESTIVAL (SG50 EDITION) 

From 23 to 25 October 2015

There is no better way to celebrate our nation’s golden jubilee but to go back to where it all began – the Singapore River. 

 Taking place from Friday, 23rd October to Sunday, 25th October, the Singapore River Festival 2015 will offer visitors to the three quays at the Singapore River (Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, and Robertson Quay) a kaleidoscopic line-up of exciting activities, good food, trendy markets, imaginative art installations and stunning performances by renowned local and international artists. 

 Known for its charm as well as cultural and historical significance, the Singapore River will serve as an exciting backdrop for this three-day extravaganza. Join us as we pay tribute and explore the ‘River Stories’ that have made Singapore what it is today. Mark your calendars and get ready for a fun weekend that you’ll never forget!

For more information, visit: http://singaporeriverfestival.sg/.


National Arts Council

SINGAPORE WRITERS FESTIVAL 2015: ISLAND OF DREAMS

From 30 October to 8 November 2015

John Lennon sings: “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And we will live as one.” Likewise, the 2015 Singapore Writers Festival celebrates everyone’s dreams, hopes and aspirations, with the theme, Island of Dreams. So, what is your dream? How does one make one’s dream come true? What do all the dreams add up to? What is the society you want to live in? The Festival poses these questions to writers and audiences this year, inviting them to look within and reflect.

Link: https://www.singaporewritersfestival.com/nacswf/nacswf.html