I Light Marina Bay 2017 aka Singapore’s leading sustainable light festival is officially starting today. Over a span of 3 weeks (from 3 to 26 March), you will be able to not only admire (and take photos of/with) stunning art installations, there’s a plethora of food vendors, performances, and even an inflatable playground to check out. With it shaping up to be an extremely exciting affair, make the most of your visit with these handy tips.
#1 Download ‘Blippar’
i Light Marina Bay is going paperless this year, by partnering up with Blippar, an image recognition and augmented reality app that gives users info on physical objects when scanned (or ‘blipped’). Free for download on the Apples iTune App Store or Google Play Store, visitors will be able to navigate their way through the festival trail via a digital map within the app, as well as find out art installation info and on-going F&B promos. Plus, avid selfie-takers will enjoy Blippar’s custom selfie frames – happy snapping!
#2 Keep Your Ears Peeled
With 20 art installations scattered around the Marina Bay area, there’s sure to be many Insta-worthy photo opportunities. But not all of ’em are just for your viewing pleasure; there are a couple of interactive displays. For example, ‘Social Sparkles’ by Toer (Netherlands) along Mist Walk lights up with movement to show hundreds of dazzling ‘fireflies’, while ‘The Body Of The Sea’ by Danny Rose Collective (France) along Merlion Park shows our beloved icon decked in a flow of colours, images and sound. Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled!
What do a gigantic whale and a spider have in common? Being a part of our eco-system aside, these creatures are also giant inflatables in the Art-Zoo! Situated at The Float @ Marina Bay, Art-Zoo is “a culmination of experiential inflatable playgrounds and art installations in the setting of a zoological garden”. Apart from providing a wonderfully immersive experience that combines nature and art, this festival hub proves that you’re never too old to bounce around.
Open from 5pm to 11pm on Mondays to Fridays, and 2pm to 11 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Online tickets from $13/pax, onsite door tickets from $15/pax.
#4 Eat, Play and Repeat
Drop by Gastrobeats, a lifestyle park for the millennials, and take your pick from the wide array of artisanal food, music performances and fringe activities to be enjoyed. Think gastronomic delights courtesy of Skewer Bar, Poke Theory and Starker, and acts from the likes of THELIONCITYBOY, Disco Hue and more. Fringe activities include Uncle Ringo’s carnival, the Marina Waterfront Bazaar, Silent Disco series, etc. Each has their own schedule time slot over the three weeks, so do check out i Light Marina Bay’s website for more info.
#5 Check out other on-going activities
As if the above activities aren’t enough, i Light Marina Bay takes it a notch higher with several workshops, campaigns and ticketed events! Highlights include HypeFest @ i Light Marina Bay where visitors can get their hands on eco-friendly gifts and snacks from over 50 labels; A Maritime Journey In The Fullerton Heritage, where you relive the stories of the forefathers of Singapore through a walking tour; and the Recharge with PacificLight event, where you can bring a picnic and watch films under the stars, while charging your phone for free at the PacificLight charging stations. Other events include various yoga workshops, the Students Care Service Challenge for Children 2017, and Social-Light – i Light Symposium, where you can learn all about how light plays a vital role in community building and place-making.
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With that being said, i Lights Marina Bay will definitely be a huge hit for locals and tourists alike. Besides bringing along your portable charger, be sure to dress in comfy attire and footwear ’cause you’ll definitely be doing loads of walking. Have fun!
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