Photo credit: i LIGHT SINGAPORE

i Light Singapore to be held from Jun 1 to 25 at Marina Bay, South Beach and Millenia Walk

The light festival will be open daily from 7.30pm to 11pm.

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Published: 27 April 2023, 6:07 PM

Sustainable light festival i Light Singapore will return to Marina Bay from Jun 1 to 25. 

Organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and presented by DBS, the festival will transform the Bay with new immersive light art installations and programmes. 

Themed A New Wave, i Light Singapore 2023 offers innovative and multi-sensory experiences referencing nature’s blue spaces such as oceans and rivers.

Some of the artworks that will be featured include Glacier Dreams, which is a large-scale projection on the exterior of the ArtScience Museum. 

This artwork transforms visual data on the world’s glaciers into AI-based multi-sensory narratives to raise awareness of rising sea levels and climate change.


Glacier Dreams was designed by renowned Turkish-American media artist Refik Anadol. PHOTO CREDIT: i LIGHT SINGAPORE


Another interactive installation is Block Party, which sees gardens bloom spontaneously over the facades of Singapore’s public housing blocks when responding to movement. 


Designed by Singaporean collective Plug & Play, this installation invites visitors to dance and let loose to get the best experience. PHOTO CREDIT: i LIGHT SINGAPORE


Another interactive light display that visitors can check out is Lightwave: Turning the Tide

Located at The Promontory, visitors will be invited to embark on a journey to a future where rising sea levels have submerged humans in an underwater world.


Through light displays across three chapters, visitors can think of the impact of human actions on the environment and reflect on how they can make a change to stop rising sea levels. PHOTO CREDIT: i LIGHT SINGAPORE


The festival will also expand to two new locations this year – South Beach and Millenia Walk. 

Two student artworks will be featured at South Beach. 

Created by students from Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media, Bleached invites visitors to wander across a simulated ocean floor filled with seaweed and corals that are either upcycled from single-use plastics or made from seaweed bioplastics developed by the artists themselves.


These ’reefs’ turn white when they sense movement, highlighting the fate of marine ecosystems under threat from degradation. PHOTO CREDIT: i LIGHT SINGAPORE


Show III by students from James Cook University and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts makes use of audio-visual effects to simulate a shower experience.


Show III also provides visitors a space for self-contemplation, including reflections on their water usage habits. PHOTO CREDIT: i LIGHT SINGAPORE


Over at Millenia Walk, visitors can look forward to Prism by Malaysian artist Jun Ong, an installation that transforms from a natural light shaft in the day to a glowing beacon of artificial lighting at night.


Visitors can witness an ever-changing interplay of colours that evokes a calming experience. PHOTO CREDIT: i LIGHT SINGAPORE


In addition to the various light art installations, visitors can participate in initiatives to learn more about green practices and do their part to build a sustainable future.

i Light Singapore will continue its partnership with susGain, a local social enterprise championing sustainability, on i Light i Pledge, where the public can make two pledges and stand a chance to win attractive prizes.

First, the Switch Off, Turn Up pledge calls for all to switch off non-essential lighting and turn up air-conditioning temperatures. 

The second pledge, Be a Zero Hero, encourages all to adopt zero waste habits such as reducing usage of single-use items.

For each of the first 5,000 pledges submitted by participants, All Clear – a sustainability enterprise providing offshore and ocean clean-ups – will remove 100g of waste from Singapore waterways. 

i Light Singapore 2023 will be open between 7.30pm and 11pm daily, with extended hours to 12am on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free, while charges apply for certain programmes.

More details on the full line-up of the festival will be announced next month on the i Light Singapore website.

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