SINGAPORE — The Singapore Night Festival (SNF) 2017, returning for its 10th edition this August, is set to shine a spotlight on local talent to mark the milestone.
Ten local artists and artist groups who have anchored past festivals will be involved in this year’s event. Musical collective Bloco Singapura, who performed in the inaugural edition in 2008, will be back this year for the seventh time.
Group member Syed Ahmad said the opportunity to perform at the SNF helped to open doors for the group.
“(The festival) was a platform for others to see us; we went on to do National Day and Chingay, and that is how we grew bigger ... and (allowed to) push (our) artistic boundaries ... this year, we will be going back to our roots — the street carnival (at Armenian Street),” said Mr Syed.
Other local artists making a comeback to the event include arts collective Starlight Alchemy, which will return with a geometric and reflective outdoor installation.
Flamenco Sin Fronteras, which will be performing for the second time, will put up a flamenco performance together with a Kathak showcase, an Indian classical dance form, and live music from first-time performers Nawaz and Friends.
Besides performance arts, pro-wrestling collective Grapple Max Dojo aims to create an intimate, interactive “fight club” experience for spectators at this year’s SNF.
Taking place from Aug 18 to 26, the upcoming instalment of the annual festival will kick off with Night Lights installations, and performances will take place at various venues in the Bras Basah-Bugis precinct.
The full line-up of acts and venues will be revealed closer to the festival’s opening.
Ms Christie Chua, creative director of this year’s edition, called the decision to highlight the local artists a “strategic push”.
“We are also trying to see how the festival has grown over all these years. For us especially, it’s a strategic push to try to bring out the (local) artists who have come through and grown with the festival ... Some have even brought in new collaborators with us,” she explained.
Moving forward, Ms Chua also hopes to see more collaborations within the festival, as well as development in the arts industry.
“When we first started, we had only seven or eight stakeholders. Now, we have 70 stakeholders coming on board ... I think that the belief in the festival has really come through. This (festival) is something you cannot get anywhere else, because of the uniqueness of (the) Bras Basah-Bugis (arts and cultural district),” she added.
The Singapore Night Festival runs from Aug 18 to 26 from 7.30pm to 12am, at various venues. For more information, visit www.nightfestival.sg.