Singapore River Festival: Celebrating Singapore Stories and More

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Over the weekend of 23 to 25 October, the length of the Singapore River will be awash with activities and performances as part of Singapore River Festival 2015.

Taking place across three quays, Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and Robertson Quay, the public can enjoy imaginative art installations, breathtaking performances and bustling markets during the three festival days.

Dazzling Performances

Spanish theatrical group La Fura dels Baus will be entertaining audiences with a street theatre performance inspired by Singapore’s own transformation and growth. Together with local volunteers, they will perform the “Human Net” suspended from a 220-tonne cran over the Singapore. Performances take place in front of Riverside Point, Clarke Quay, on the evenings of 23 and 24 October.

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La Furadels

La Furadels

Discover the Singapore River through stories and performances along its historic banks. Paper Monkey Theatre will perform a puppet show, Hug the Tree, at 7 pm and 8.30 pm in the evenings of 23 and 23 October. This 30 minute show tells of a girl named Amrita who loves trees and vows to protect them. Other storytellers will also be along the River Promenade beside UOB and at Robertson Quay to take audiences on a fantastical journies through local stories.

Art in the Alleyways

Explore the alleyways between Circular Road, North Canal Road and Lorong Telok, Boat Quay as part of Urban Artery, an outdoor exhibition featuring the works of 20 local and international artists. Admire how the artists have taken inspiration for the artwork from the Singapore River, the lifeline and main artery of Singapore’s development.

Chris Chai
Urban Artery Artwork by Chris Chai

Market Time

During the festival, Robertson Quay will be transformed into a Riverside Makers Market. Shop for everything from craft labels to trendy grub while chilling out to music performed by bands like Cheating Sons and The Steve McQueens.

Neh Neh Pop

Fringe Activities

Get your crayons ready for Urban Sketchers Singapore’s special SRF-edition Sketchwalk. Kids aged five and up can embark on a art journey through Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay and be guided on how to capture the River’s iconic landscape on paper. The activity starts at 3 pm on 24 and 25 October at Alkaff Bridge, Robertson Quay. RSVP here.

Older children, 12 and above, can take part in a photo hunt along the Singapore River. Using the Lomo’instat camera, families and children get to go on a mini photo scavenger hunt at a workshop and stand to win Lomography goodies too. The workshop takes place at 2.30 pm and 5 pm on 24 and 25 October at Clarke Quay Central Indoor Atrium. Tickets are priced at $25 and can be purchased online.

River Nights

Singapore River Festival-goers can also visit River Nights at the Asian Civilisations Museum. Taking place from 23 to 31 October, River Nights features light projections on the Museum’s façade, light installations along the river and performances during the opening weekend.

Light Projection

Singapore River Festival 2015 is presented by Singapore River One (SRO), the organisation responsible for the development of the Singapore River Precinct, and curated by official event organizer Muse Inc.

“The launch of Singapore River Festival 2015 marks a special moment for us,” said Michelle Koh, Executive Director of SRO. “In Singapore’s Jubilee year, we are keen to highlight and acknowledge therole the river has and continues to play in Singapore’s unique story and the lives of Singaporeans over the last 50 years.

For more information on activities and timings, visit the Singapore River Festival website here.

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