i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition will be presenting a curated mix of more than 20 programmes alongside 33 light art installations from 28 January to 24 February 2019 from 7.30pm to 11pm daily with extended hours to 12am on Fridays and Saturdays.
An anchor event to kick-start the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration in 2019, the Festival will 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.
The event is organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).
Spanning Marina Bay, the Civic District, Singapore River and Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park, i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition will feature five distinct programming hubs for festival-goers looking for a fun, engaging and unique experience as they traverse our 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.
In line with the sustainability focus of the light art 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 fun and thrill, Prudential Marina Bay Carnival @ i Light Singapore located at Bayfront Event Space will fit the bill with 50 thrilling rides and games from around the world, coupled with entertaining programmes and performances that are 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.
Different spots at Marina Bay will turn into a performance stage on 2 February 2019 as these students captivate festival-goers with their delightful showcase of percussion music, hip hop dances and martial arts.
Visitors are invited to Transporta @ i Light Singapore 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.
Festival Director and Director (Place Management) of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) which organises i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition, Mr. Jason Chen, said, “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,” he added.
The authority announced that the general admission to the Festival is free.
Visitors can sign up for guided tours of the sustainable light art installations by foot or boat, or go on a self-guided audio tour with mobile application VoiceMap (charges apply for both guided and self-guided tours).