Singapore Night Festival 2019: Top Things To See And Must-Try Halal Food


Singapore Night Festival is back for another year! This annual festival which will be held from 23 – 31 August 2019 will once more transform the Bras Basah.Bugis heritage district into a wonderland of lights, colour and art.

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You can’t miss the festival – and to help you out, we present to you our handy guide on what you need to see and where you can find halal food at the festival to keep you refuelled why you’re busy snapping away all your pics!

What’s the Singapore Night Festival?

In case you need a quick recap – the Singapore Night Festival is an annual event celebrating Singapore’s vibrant art scene. The event is held in the Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct (which is Singapore’s centre for arts, heritage and design, with the largest concentration of museums, heritage buildings, and art schools in Singapore). The festival is probably most well-known for its Night Lights – fantastically beautiful light projections onto key buildings like the National Museum of Singapore and the National Design Centre. But besides that, the festival also features performances, art installations, interactive events and more. Now going into its twelfth year, it has become a much-loved festival for locals and tourists alike. The festival is free to attend, though do note there are specific programmes or events that may be require paid entry – check out their website for the full list of programmes. Either way, it promises an amazing time!

What are the attractions I can’t miss at the festival?

The festival has a different theme every year, and this year it’s all about the transformation of familiar spaces. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the key attractions at this year’s festival that you can’t miss!

1. Keep Dreaming By Spectaculaires

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Spectaculaires is an image and light specialist from France that has become renowned for its projections all across Europe. This year, Spectaculaires is illuminating the facade of the National Museum of Singapore with a whimsical display that follows the journey of three mysterious characters. While you’re there, check out the accompanying light display also by Spectaculaires called The Legend of Ramayana at the Banyan Tree.

When: 23 – 31 Aug 2019, 7.30pm – 12am
Where: National Museum of Singapore, Façade
Price: Free Admission

2. Whispers By Light Society

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Get ready for an art display like no other through this piece currently housed at the Gallery Theatre of the National Museum of Singapore. A mixture of lights, colours, sounds and wind billowing through the large scale set-piece, it’s bound to be a mesmerising experience.

When: 8 Aug  – 8 Sep 2019, 10am – 7pm (extended until 10pm from 25 – 28 Aug, and until 12am over festival weekends)
Where: National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre
Price: Free Admission

3. Waves Of Time By Chips and Toon

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Inspired by Singapore’s very own legend of a Prince who journeyed across the seas to visit Singapore, this façade projection on the historic CHIJMES chapel re-imagines the journey of the Prince chasing his dream to and around Singapore.

When: 23 Aug to 31 Aug, 7.30pm – 12am
Where: CHIJMES
Price: Free Admission

4. Pulse By Galina Mihaleva, Hedren Sum, Vibeke Sorensen, Brandon Leo & Nagaraju Thummanapalli

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This art installation aims to reflect the influence of technology on our society and daily life, through colourful visualisations which are generated via sound and music. Immerse in this all-encompassing experience that explores the connection between physical and digital experiences.

When: 23 Aug to 31 Aug, 7.30pm – 12am
Where: Capitol Singapore, Outdoor Plaza
Price: Free Admission

Halal food at Singapore Night Festival 2019

If you’re visiting the festival on the weekend, there will be two festival villages that will have food stalls, eating spaces, and live performances – the Armenian Street Park Festival (on Armenian Street) and the Dhoby Ghaut Green Festival Village (at Dhoby Ghaut Green).

The festival villages will be open on Saturdays & Sundays throughout the festival (23 – 24 and 30 – 31 August 2019) from 6pm – 12am. They will also be open on Friday, 29 Aug 2019 from 8pm – 12am. We’ve compiled a list of all the halal eateries that will be there so you’ll know what to look out for while you’re there!

Note: Not all eateries will be available on both weekends of the festival. For each eatery below, we’ve listed which weekends they’ll be available. Week 1 refers to the weekend of 23 – 24 August, while Week 2 refers to the weekend from 29 – 31 August.

Armenian Street Park Festival

1. Loco Loco

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Many will already be familiar with Loco Loco – they’ll be serving up their signature takoyaki and churros. Try the churros that come in signature local flavours like ondeh-ondeh and chilli crab!

Halal status: Halal-certified
Availability:
Week 1 & 2
Where: Armenian Street Park Festival Village (Zone 2)
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2. Oddball (formerly known as Alley)

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Alley is a popular name in the halal food scene here in Singapore, known for their bubble tea (they also sold the boba pancakes at Geylang Serai Bazaar earlier this year!). Well, the eatery has recently rebranded itself to Oddball, and they’ll be selling baby pancakes in various flavours at the Armenian Street Festival Village. So you’ll know where to go for dessert!

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Availability:
Week 1 & 2
Where: Armenian Street Park Festival Village (Zone 2)
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3. Dengdeng Gua Paer

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Dendeng and bao? Yes, please! The cheekily-named Dendeng Gua Pau-er sells Dendeng Gua Bao, where the soft buns become the perfect vehicle for the spicy beef filling.

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Availability:
Week 1 only
Where: Armenian Street Park Festival Village (Zone 2)
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4. JP Kitchen

Udon, Yakitori

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JP Kitchen is another familiar face at festivals and other pop art events, and we’re glad for it! For this year’s Night Festival, they’ll be serving up, among other things, udon and yakitori.

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Availability:
Week 1 only
Where: Armenian Street Park Festival Village (Zone 2)
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5. Lobster & Burger

Lobster & Burger (not to be confused with Burger & Lobster!) will be serving up lobster rolls and rainbow shaved ice.

Halal status: Halal-certified
Availability:
Week 1 & 2
Where: Armenian Street Park Festival Village (Zone 2)

6. Soicoco

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Looking for a sweet treat while you’re walking around admiring the light displays and art installations? Grab some coconut soft serve from Soicoco. It comes with gula melaka topping too!

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Availability:
Week 1 & 2
Where: Dhoby Ghaut Green Festival Village (Zone 5)
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7. Ikan 1986

Credit: Freshly Grilled Otah by Ikan 1986 on Facebook

It won’t be all hipster food offerings – Ikan 1986 will be on hand to sell an assortment of otah. Wrapped in banana leaf and freshly grilled, it’ll be nice to munch on these savoury treats while at the festival.

Halal status: Halal-certified
Availability:
Week 1 & 2
Where: Dhoby Ghaut Green Festival Village (Zone 5)
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8. Encik Rizal & Co

Encik Rizal & Co is known for their hotdogs and nachos, but this year you can expect some special additions. From hotdog with Butter Chicken with tempeh, you’ll also be able to get Mee Rebus with Katsudon and Ayam Lemak Cilli api pasta!

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Availability:
Week 1 & 2
Where: Dhoby Ghaut Green Festival Village (Zone 5)
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9. Sofnade

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Another popular name, Sofnade will be back to serve you their classic meatballs in a bucket – this delicious treat is too iconic to miss! Prepare to be blown away by their mix of meatballs, twister fries and mashed potatoes.

Halal status: Halal-certified
Availability:
Week 1 & 2
Where: Dhoby Ghaut Green Festival Village (Zone 5)
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10. Fooditude


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Halal status: Muslim-owned
Availability:
Week 1 & 2
Where: Dhoby Ghaut Green Festival Village (Zone 5)
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Fooditude charmed us with their Praffles at Geylang Serai Bazaar earlier this year, so we’re glad they’ll be making an appearance at this year’s festival! You can expect their Praffles (which stands for prata waffles!) that come in assorted savoury flavours like Truffle, Turkey Bacon and Cheese Sausage!

And there you have it. From stunning displays to good food, you’re all set for a fun outing. Make a date with your friends this weekend (and the next!) and head over to the Bugis/BrasBasah district for the most wonderful night out 😉

Singapore Night Festival 2019
When:
23 – 31 August 2019, 7.30pm – 12am (check their website for all the programmes available and their respective times)
Where:
BrasBasah, Bugis
Website | Facebook | Instagram


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