(RE)IMAGINING SINGAPORE NIGHT FESTIVAL

SNF 2010

Dates

16-17 July

Theme

New World

Director

Lee Chor Lin (NMS Director) & Ong Keng Sen (Artistic Director)

Visitorship

Over 87,000

Notable Mentions

These were the noteworthy programmes held during the duration of the festival that added diversity and richness, which may include main programmes presented by NHB, as well as programmes that were initiated and driven by BBB stakeholders.

Taxi-Girls and Taxi-Boys
(
Jitterbugs Singapore
)

In line with the festival’s desire to recreate a retro theme park, Jitterbugs Singapore performed Taxi-Girls and Taxi-Boys at the Singapore Management University Campus Green. This was a popular social dance from the music hall days of Singapore during the 1920s, which was phased out with the popular rise of television and radio.

World’s Slowest SMS Billboard
(
Wit Pimkanchanapong
)

Festival goers became co-creators by sending short text messages from their cellphones to Thai artist Wit Pimkachanapong. If selected, messages would be manually assembled and featured  on the analog billboard placed outside the Singapore Art Museum.  This interactive installation transported festival goers back to a time when technology was less developed and less instantaneous.

Phuto!
(
Phare Ponleu Selpak
)

Cambodia’s Phare Ponleu Selpak featured 13 young circus artists who delighted the crowds at Singapore Management University Campus Green with stories of relationships between teenagers and lovers told through juggling, balancing, dance and contortions. This would be the first time SNF featured an actual circus troupe from Southeast Asia.

Community Mural Project
(
ZERO and ANTZ
)

At The Substation, festival goers were encouraged to release their inhibitions and release their inner rebel by participating in a large-scale art mural together with local graffiti artists ZERO and ANTZ.


"We're always challenging our audience to look at new things or to look at the same thing in different ways. I think Keng Sen helps to frame things that seem ordinary and gives them the extra edge and that's very close to what we do in the National Museum."

— Lee Chor Lin

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