The Singapore Night Festival (SNF) is the National Heritage Board’s signature arts and cultural festival in the vibrant Bras Basah.Bugis district. A key event in the regional festival calendar, the annual festival provides a platform for artists and stakeholders to meet, create and collaborate to present world class acts and to transform familiar spaces in the arts and heritage district for festival-goers. A highlight of the festival is the interactive light installations titled Night Lights, which produces artworks that dot the district, or turns the facades of buildings in the vicinity into ephemeral works of wonder. Since 2008, the Singapore Night Festival has presented a diverse mix of artworks and performances by local and international artists, featuring cross-disciplinary acts and influences which continue to push the boundaries, and enthralled millions of festival goers.
The National Heritage Board (NHB) is the custodian of Singapore’s heritage.It was formed on 1 August 1993, and is a statutory board under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. The institution is responsible for telling the Singapore story, sharing the Singaporean experience and imparting the Singapore spirit.
NHB's mission is to preserve and celebrate the shared heritage of Singapore’s diverse communities, for the purpose of education, nation-building and cultural understanding. It manages the national museums and heritage institutions, and sets policies relating to heritage sites, National Monuments and the national collection. Through the national collection, NHB curates heritage programmes and presents exhibitions to connect the past, present and future generations of Singaporeans.
NHB manages a wide range of museums and heritage institutions including Asian Civilisation Museum and National Museum of Singapore, and the place managers for the BrasBasah.Bugis precinct, Singapore’s arts and cultural belt.
The Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) precinct, is Singapore’s arts, heritage and design precinct, home to the greatest concentration of museums, historic monuments, heritage buildings, places of worship, arts groups, arts schools, and lifestyle malls in the city centre. One of the oldest districts in Singapore, Bras Basah served as a suburb in the 1800s and early 1900s to the busy city centre located around Raffles Place today; while the Bugis area was notorious as a haunt for sailors and transvestites.
More recently, BBB has evolved into the centre for education, arts, design and heritage, with major attractions like the National Museum of Singapore, the Singapore Art Museum, the Peranakan Museum, The Substation Arts Centre and the National Design Centre located here.
Singapore Management University, LASALLE College of the Arts, School of the Arts and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts are also situated here. BBB’s architecture is a unique and exhilarating mix of old and new, with churches and cathedrals such as the Armenian Church of Saint Gregory of the Illuminator, colourful Chinese and Hindu temples, and colonial-era buildings standing alongside stunning pieces of contemporary architecture like that of the School of the Arts (Singapore’s only high school for the arts) and the National Library.
BBB is also a lifestyle destination, with its many malls and lifestyle/F&B clusters such as CHIJMES, The Cathay, Bugis Junction and Bugis Street capitalising on heritage, design and the arts for a distinctive shopping experience. BBB also has a vibrant events calendar, with exhibitions and festivals taking place all year round, culminating in the annual Singapore Night Festival in August where Singaporeans and visitors alike take to the streets, literally, to celebrate and party through the night.