52 WEEKENDS IN SINGAPORE

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Ongoing and Upcoming Events:

  • 19 – 27 Jan : Singapore Art Week

  • 14 Jan – 18 Jan : Pongal Festival

  • 21 Jan : Thaipusam

  • 28 Jan – 24 Feb : iLight Singapore Bicentennial Edition

Event Spotlight: iLight Singapore Bicentennial Edition

Singapore is a city full of festivals and celebrations showcasing beauty, art, culture and history. From 28 January to 24 February witness Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival – iLight Singapore.

Themed Bridges of Time, iLight Singapore Bicentennial Edition features spectacular multimedia shows with more than 30 sustainable light art installations and performances from multi-national artists. The month-long festivity is designed to reflect the island state’s history and growth over the centuries, in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the 1819 arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles, the British statesman credited with changing the destiny of Singapore.

Considered to be the biggest and grandest iLight Singapore edition to date, this festival will go beyond being merely a light show in the Marina Bay, but expand into the Civic District, Singapore River and Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning.

One of the installations, Cenotaph for a Stone at Waterboat House Garden, was created by students from the National University of Singapore, who emerged first in the inaugural iLight Student Award. This artwork seeks to illustrate the decimation of the Singapore Stone (a fragment of a large sandstone slab which originally stood at the mouth of the Singapore River) in 1843, and will surely stir curiosity among its viewers with its deliberate arrangement of 51 rock fragments synced with cascade lighting effects that mimic explosions.

Visitors can also expect to be left in awe with the visual spectacle of a 3D, light-and-water-based hologram of sailboats at the Marina Bay waterfront promenade presented by Studio Biangle from Estonia. Titled Sails Aloft, the large-scale installation recreates vessels inspired by the sampan panjang (a boat which early immigrants of Singapore used to live off).

For the first time, artworks will be installed on six iconic bridges at the Singapore River and Marina Bay – Elgin Bridge, Cavenagh Bridge, Anderson Bridge, Esplanade Bridge, Jubilee Bridge and the Helix Bridge. Collectively, these artworks are set to inspire hope and optimism among Singaporeans and people from all around the world.

All these and more are perfect ways to start your 2019! Gain a better understanding of Singapore and how it came to be through iLight Singapore Bicentennial Edition. Find out more about the festival at https://www.ilightsingapore.sg/.

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