Thursday, August 23, 2012

Night Festival 2012: Interesting programmes for the nostalgic folks

These two weekends, witness the transformation of the urban landscape of the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct into a dazzling and spectacular playground filled with performances and interesting surprises.

Presented by the National Heritage Board, Night Festival 2012 with its vibrancy and hype, provides the opportunities for people to come together to create new shared memories through the various engaging experiences at the festival. A careful scrutiny of the programme for Night Festival 2012 revealed that there are many interesting programmes that encourage visitors to recollect nostalgic moments, reflect on memories from the past and to reconnect with loved ones in this vibrant occasion.

For the people who are nostalgic at heart, here are some of the programmes that you may not want to miss:

Book Launch for Apache Over Singapore: The Story of Singapore Sixties Music - Vol. 1 by Joseph Pereira
31 Aug 2012 
7.30 p.m.
Select Books, 51 Armenian Street, Singapore 179939.

For the people who are inspired by the exciting pop scene in Singapore in the 1960s, join author, Joseph Pereira, who is one of Singapore's music veterans, in a book launch of the book Apache Over Singapore: The Story of Singapore Sixties Music - Vol. 1. At this book launch, Joseph Pereira shall share some very personal experiences and relive the heydays of the Singapore music scene! This is the event to attend if you love the music from the 1960s Singapore. I have a strong hunch that this event could provide the opportunity for music enthusiasts to rub shoulders with music veterans from that period.

Night Painting | Cast in Light
31 Aug and 1 Sep 2012 
8.30 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m.
Venue: Vanguard Builing, 71 - 77 Stamford Road, Singapore.
This performance will draw the patronage of people like yours truly who fondly misses the glorious days of the former MPH Building. I fondly remember the times when I use to visit the MPH Bookstore that used to be located in the MPH Building to browse for a book to purchase. "Built in 1908, the MPH Building was originally known as the Methodist Publishing House but was later renamed Malaya Publishing House" (source: infopedia).

In this performance, performers Li Cassidy-Peet and Terry Wee explore and interact with the architecture and office-like spaces in an voyeuristic adventure and leave their mark.

I have no idea what mark they would make, but I now recall the wonderful aroma of coffee that used to linger in the air when I was visiting the former MPH Building more than a decade ago. What are your memories of the former MPH Building?
Vanguard Building. Former MPH Building.

Night Photobooth Analogue Style @ Peek!
24 and 25 Aug
31 Aug and 1 Sep 2012 
7.30 p.m. - 12 midnight
Venue: 36 Armenian Street, #01-04/ 02-04, Singapore 179934 (opposite the Peranakan Museum).
Get your picture taken, the photo booth Analogue style! I thought it was a nostalgic way to capture the images of ourselves the analogue way. Night Festival goers can choose to get their picture taken with a range of Lomography cameras, a carefully refurbished Polaroid camera from The Impossible Project and so forth. This is a great reason to stay away from digital cameras for a brief moment.

The photo-taking sessions are free-of-charge. The photographs will be uploaded digitally onto the Facebook page of Peek! If you are lucky, you can request to take a photograph of yourself and your friends with a Polaroid camera so that you have a physical photograph of a treasured moment to keep as a memento.

Night Photobooth Analogue Style at Peek! Night Festival 2012.

Flash Tales in a Night by Singapore Footprints
24 Aug and 25 Aug 2012
31 Aug and 1 Sep 2012
8.30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Venue: Singapore Management University Lee Kong Chian School of Business, along Stamford Road and Roving.
If you wish to re-experience one of the forms of entertainment before television became common, comb the Singapore Management University Lee Kong Chian School of Business and along Stamford Road to look for the extravagantly dressed story-teller who is busking on the streets. Be captivated by his entertaining stories and animated speech. If he has ended his story-telling abruptly, it could be because the joss stick that the story-teller is using to gauge the duration of each story-telling session has stopped burning.

Flash Tales in a Night. Courtesy of Singapore Footprints.

Nestle 1930s Street Stall
24 Aug and 25 Aug 2012
31 Aug and 1 Sep 2012
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Stamford Green (outside the museum building).
If you are nearby Stamford Green while searching for the roving story-teller who tells Flash Tales in a Night, look for the Nestle booth that features a street stall of the 1930s. This will surely transport you back in time.

The Nestle 1930s Street Stall offers each of its visitors a free cup of delicious NESCAFE White Coffee. If you are very lucky, the roving KIT KAT girls in old school uniforms may give out KIT KAT treats to you when you are nearby the stall.

At the Nestle booth, visitors can also relive some fond childhood memories through traditional games like five-stones and chapteh (feathered shuttlecock).

Nestle 1930s Street Stall. Night Festival.

The roving KIT KAT girls who have so kindly posed for a photograph so that you can know how to recognize them.

WE THE PEOPLE by Brian Gothong Tan (Facade Projection)
24 Aug and 25 Aug 2012
31 Aug and 1 Sep 2012
7.30 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Venue: National Museum of Singapore.
This facade projection by Brian Gothong Tan combines film, motion graphics and experimental animation, Brian's complex yet playful work, with soundscapes by award-winning composer Philip Tan. Suitable for all ages. Do not be surprised to see visual images on the projection that trigger memories of the past and of moments in Singapore's history.

WE THE PEOPLE. Night Festival 2012.

One Fine Day by Paper Monkey Theatre (Singapore)
24 and 25 Aug 2012 
8 p.m., 9 p.m., 9.30 p.m., and 10 p.m.
Duration: 10 minutes per show
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Glass Atrium (2nd level).
Return to the days of watching puppet performances while sitting on the ground. The modern twist is that you can do so in the comfort of an air-conditioned environment! Paper Monkey Theatre presents One Fine Day, a shadow puppetry performance. The storyline is set in the context of the Singapore HDB (Housing and Development Board) flat. Take a peek into the homes of families living in the same HDB flat when it is 6 a.m. in the morning.

If shadow puppetry interests you, you may also like to join the shadow puppetry-making workshop that is at the other end of the Glass Atrium from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Night Festival 2012. Shadow-puppetry workshop. 24 and 25 Aug 2012.

The Wedding Dress: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum
24 Aug and 25 Aug 2012
31 Aug and 1 Sep 2012
Free admission from 6 p.m. till 2 a.m. 
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery 1, Basement.
Complete your quest for nostalgia by visiting the exhibition, The Wedding Dress: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum. During the Night Festival, from 6 p.m. till 2 a.m., admission to this special exhibition will be free! Be enchanted by the superb collection of wedding dresses from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The wedding dresses can date back to as early as the 1800s Victorian era. Wedding dresses by celebrated designers, including Charles Frederick Worth, Charles James, Christian Lacroix, John Galliano, Norman Hartnell, Vera Wang, Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes are also being showcased at this exhibition.

Night Festival 2012
24 Aug and 25 Aug 2012
31 Aug and 1 Sep 2012
7.30 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Free admission
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Nearest MRT stations: Bras Basah, Dhoby Ghaut, City Hall.

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