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Arts events in Singapore: 5 things to do at the Civic District Outdoor Festival

A guide on what not to miss at the inaugural Civic District Outdoor Festival

Aug 05, 2017 | By Ilyda Chua

The Civic District Precinct comes to life with the launch of the inaugural Civic District Outdoor Festival, presented by the National Gallery Singapore. Over the first two weekends of August, the Civic District will be transformed with immersive art installations,  an art market, roving performances, a food street and much more. Art Republik gives the rundown on some of the festival highlights.

Experience Singapore’s largest outdoor multimedia installation

Watch the famous façades of four of Singapore’s most beautiful heritage buildings light up with a series of imaginative multimedia projections. In ‘Hemera’s Dream: Outdoor Projection Trail’, follow Hemera and her brother, Aether, on a gorgeously animated adventure across the National Gallery Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall and The Arts House.

Pose with giant bunnies

Featuring a series of large illuminated inflatable bunnies, Amanda Parer’s adorable installation, ‘Intrude’, is definitely worth a visit — whether to appreciate the surreal beauty of giant figures lit up against the night sky, or if you’re just doing it for the gram (no judgement there).

Image courtesy National Gallery Singapore

Enjoy live performances by local artistes

With performances by homegrown names like Joie Tan, Nat Ho and MICapella (check out their viral — and PM-approved — National Day medley here), music lovers will definitely have something to look forward to in the evenings.

Indulge in street food at St. Andrew’s Road

A festival just isn’t complete without food. With a selection of both savory and sweet food vendors lining the street, you’ll be able to appreciate the rest of the festival without risking a nasty case of hangry.

Go shopping at Aether’s Art Market

Featuring a variety of one-of-a-kind pieces by Singaporean artisans and craft makers, visitors will be able to indulge in a spot of creative retail therapy during their night out — and support local artists at the same time.

Admission is free. For more information, visit

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