Cranking up the night-time buzz

Cranking up the night-time buzz


FORGET rushing home after work to watch television or sleep early. Singapore’s urban planners want you to stay out late more and take in the city’s buzz after dark, when the weather is cooler.


The effort to cultivate more night owls islandwide starts with Singapore’s first Night Festival in July, when people can pay a midnight visit to a museum, dance the night away at a street party or take in an open-air performance.


And improved night lighting, new street fixtures and more public spaces for night activities will also follow in four key areas: Orchard Road, Singapore River, Bras Basah/Bugis and Marina Bay.


The blueprint for after-dark entertainment was unveiled last night by National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan at the Singapore Institute of Architects’ annual dinner at the Suntec convention centre ballroom.


‘Such programming is important as it contributes to the ‘soul’ of city life,’ said Mr Mah.


The Night Festival, which is being developed by the National Heritage Board, will be held in the Stamford Road and Bras Basah area over two weekends: July 18 and 19, and July 25 and 26.


Performances such as outdoor aerial shows, live music concerts and street theatre are some examples of what has been lined up for the event.


Full details will be made available next month.


The plan to increase night-time buzz is part of enhancing what the Urban Redevelopment Authority calls ‘urban experiential entertainment’, which includes everything from museums like the new National Arts Gallery to late night shopping in Orchard Road and entertainment outlets in places like Rochester Park and Tanglin Village.


Source: Straits Times

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